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Margaret Watson

London, SW4
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About me

I am a qualified Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

As an Integrative Counsellor I have trained in several therapeutic approaches and use skills from the Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural, Psychodynamic and Gestalt models.

All of this can  sound confusing whilst making the difficult choice, first to seek counselling or therapy and then to find a therapist who speaks to your particular needs.

I am interested in psychotherapy as being an empowerment process in which the therapist is not an expert on you, but instead someone who will work with you to seek deeper understanding of your own way of being by actively listening and exploring with you the meaning that you may be searching for in your life. I believe the quality of the relationship and the act of bearing witness is paramount to the therapeutic process.

Counselling or Psychotherapy can sound daunting when already juggling pressures of survival and social interaction. Navigating and maintaining a professional or social media profile within a busy life schedule can be challenging. Work pressures and finding time to explore and maintain peronal aspirations and goals can feel overwhelming.

In my practice I offer a confidential and non-judgemental space to explore this. I am aware of the difficulties in managing online dating and relationships and how isolating this can become when old and unhelpful insecurities and patterns of behaviour are triggered. I am also acutely aware of how many of us have been affected by trauma of some kind which may have unconsciously influenced the way we respond to others in day to day situations.

Just seeing these features from a different perspective and disclosing them to someone who is not a friend or family can help to unravel some of the complexities of your experiences. Sometimes as a survivor of traumatic experiences we can bring survival strategies which may have worked in the past into the present where they may be redundant and hinder current interaction and social engagement.

Building a trusting therapeutic relationship is key, so I offer a reduced fee for the first session so that we can assess whether we both feel that we can work together. I offer counselling which tends to be more short term work, dealing with immediate issues, exploring the connections  with early attachments and behaviour and also psychotherapy, which is longer term and looks more deeply into those historic factors which may have impacted on your life.

Therapy may not be good for everyone. In my experience its benefits are best revealed to those who have made the decision to make changes in their life and are willing to engage in collaboration with the therapist to work through them. It is not always an easy process, but I believe that we all have inner resources which are sometimes difficult to engage with on our own.

I worked from 2011 - December 2018 in a busy agency setting offering counseling and psychotherapy to both men and women from over twenty counties. For two years I co-ordinated an exciting women's project offering counselling and psychotherapy in the form of one to one and group work. I also facilitated a well attended and successful men's group. and worked both face to face and on the telephone with both adult men and women.

This gave me the opportunity to fully engage with the healing power of the Therapeutic process.

Training, qualifications & experience

As an Integrative Counsellor I have trained in several therapeutic approaches and use skills from the Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural, Psychodynamic and Gestalt models.

7 Years experience of delivering counselling and psychotherapy to adult men and women including facilitating Psycho-social group work.

I attend regular clinical supervision to ensure my practice is current and safe.

I attend regular CPD and trainings to ensure that I am kept informed of the latest research and strategies to best address issues which are affecting people in their day to day lives.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Distress arising from online dating and maintaining social media profiles.

Life coaching

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

My fee is £60 per session.

I offer concessionary rates to Counselling and Therapy students.

Edgeley Road
London
SW4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I understand time constraints in busy work schedules so I offer flexible appointment times subject to availability.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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