Ken Clarke, experienced counsellor in East London
I am an experienced and qualified counsellor, I offer therapy in a supportive environment to encourage exploration and understanding of your personal issues. I can provide short term or long term counselling for a wide range of issues and difficulties. A typical session will be spent talking about what is going on in your life. We will also think together about your thoughts and feelings. I see my job as therapist to help us think about what is happening and to help you understand why.
I am trained in a psychodynamic approach. This means I look at your patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that are often not obvious. I work in the present but also think about your childhood and personal background. I know starting therapy can be daunting and I hope to make it a useful and rewarding experience for you.
I can offer both counselling and psychotherapy. I think of counselling as being focused on a particular issue or problem. This is usually for a short term, fixed number of weeks. Psychotherapy has no specific focus and is open ended in duration. What we discuss can change in each session but themes often emerge. It can be a more intense, deeper experience that takes time but can be more rewarding.
Before our first session we will have previously discussed, usually by phone, what it is you want help with. We can also do this by email. We will agree where we will be working together and setup the first meeting. I will answer any questions or concerns you may have. I hope my website also answers most of your questions. However please call me if it doesn’t.
Our first session will be about getting to know each other. We will discuss important matters such as confidentiality and the BACP code of ethics that I work within. I will provide a written agreement, it sounds formal but it will let you know about all the practical matters that are important. For counselling to work we have to build a relationship of trust. This can take time, but during the process you will be listened to and I will provide insight into what is happening.
Sadly there is no magic fix. I can't prescribe pills or potions or tell you what to do. Instead we will sit together n comfortable chairs and you will do most of the talking. I do the listening and then reflect back and interpret what I have heard. I believe this will allow you to understand your past and make informed decisions about your future life.
I am accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Accreditation is an important way of ensuring a counsellor or therapist is experienced and can be trusted.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Trained as a psychodynamic counsellor at Birkbeck College
- MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Psychotherapist in NHS City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health
- Counsellor at PACE (www.pacehealth.org.uk)
- Counsellor at SurvivorsUK (http://www.survivorsuk.org)
- Accredited Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Birkbeck Counselling Association
- The British Psychological Society
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender.
If your particular concern or issue is not listed here, please call me to discuss if it is something I can work on with you. I have experience in many areas and have worked with a diverse range of people and issues.
The cost can vary and we will discuss and agree this in the first session.
Standard Rate - £60 per session
Low Cost/Student Rate - Please contact me for details.
I currently do not have any low cost places available. If cost is an issue please call me to discuss.
I work from a very peaceful and pleasant room in my home in Forest Gate (E7), just south of Romford Road. There is permit parking outside, I can provide a permit on request. The room is up one flight of stairs.
If you are unsure about starting therapy or have any questions please call me and I will be happy to try and help.