Kerri Wright MA, MEd, BSc (Hons) UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Hello, my name is Kerri and I would like to support you. It is not easy reaching out to ask for help, but if you are looking on here then you have already taken an important first step in listening to yourself and what you need.
The last few months have been especially challenging with lockdown and fears re: COVID-19. You may have experiences from this time that you would like support with. You may notice that you are feeling more anxious or more sad and are finding these feelings difficult to manage or distressing. You may have experienced a loss of someone you love or perhaps your job and need time to process this and grieve. You may also be evaluating your life and considering making big decisions and would value space to work through this. Whatever is troubling you, I would be happy to support you.
Counselling offers you a space to talk through concerns that you may have in a safe and supportive environment with me, who can guide and facilitate you to explore what is happening more fully. Together we can work towards a deeper understanding of your concerns and through this awareness begin to consider changes that you may want to make in your life.
I offer short-term counselling of between 6 - 8 sessions. In our time together we will explore what is troubling you at the moment and give space and time to gain clarity around this. As part of this exploration we will consider what you want to gain from coming to counselling and together negotiate a goal and how best I can facilitate you during our sessions to meet this goal.
One of the benefits of coming to counselling is the opportunity to focus fully on what is troubling you with a supportive other, away from friends or family commitments; giving yourself the time to speak openly about issues you may not have verbalised fully before. Sometimes we can get stuck in how we think about an issue. I like the metaphor of imagining a big tree blocking our path. Counselling can offer the space to consider this tree: do we try to cut it down? Accept we can’t go forward and set up camp under it’s branches? Explore and try to find different paths around the tree? Or through understanding how the tree grew so big, realise that it only exists in our mind and there is no blockage in reality?
I am now offering face-to-face sessions in my practice and am following government guidance in ensuring your safety during our sessions (please see my website for detailed COVID-19 guidance I am implementing). Should you feel uncomfortable meeting in person, then I also offer online counselling using the secure health platform doxy.me, or telephone counselling.
Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss counselling or the support you might need with me further. Please also check with your employer and/or health insurance to see if you may be eligible for counselling to be paid for through your insurance or your employer’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
If you don’t feel I am the right counsellor for you, please take the time to consider the many other counsellors available on this site. You have taken this first step and I do hope you can take the next and get the support you are looking for.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist (MA).
I have over 20 years experience working in healthcare and healthcare education before training as a psychotherapist. I have practised as a counsellor in NHS, private and voluntary organisations for over 10 years:
- Bereavement counsellor at a local hospice
- Counsellor for a London LBGT organisation
- Counsellor in an Occupational Health department at a London Hospital
- Honorary psychotherapist in a trauma therapy team at a local NHS service.
- Counsellor in an Occupational Health counselling and trauma team for a large London organisation.
I have a private practice in Brockley where I offer short-term counselling and psychotherapy in a calm and supportive environment.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have personal experience of adoption and the issues faced by adopted parents and their children.
My fees are £55 for a 60 minute session.
Initial meeting fees are also £55.
I am committed to providing accessible counselling for people who need this and therefore do have some low cost sessions available. The minimum fee for low cost counselling sessions is £35. Please clearly state that you are looking for low cost counselling in your initial inquiry.
I am also an affiliate counsellor for Workplace Options and Validium Employee Assistance Programmes. If your employer uses one of these EAPs then you maybe able to have sessions with me paid for through your EAP. Contact your work EAP counselling service and request to be referred to me
You may also be able to use your private insurance to pay for your therapy. I am a recognised practitioner for the following insurance companies: AXA PPP healthcare, VitalityHealth, AVIVA and Aetne Global.
If you have an insurance policy with any of these companies please contact your Personal Advisory Team before arranging any counselling to confirm eligibility. Your insurance company can then check the details of your plan and give authorisation information, which you can then pass on to me to commence therapy.