About me

I am on annual leave from Friday 30 July until Monday 23 August 2021. Please feel free to get in touch with me after this date.

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor working with a broad range of clients, individuals and couples alike. People often come to see me because they are feeling depressed or anxious for a variety of reasons. They might have been affected by life events or changes in circumstance, such as a bereavement, an illness, a relationship breakdown, the loss of a job or a difficult pregnancy. Others may be feeling stressed at work, or overwhelmed with caring responsibilities or simply "stuck" but not know why. When it comes to relationship difficulties, people sometimes choose to come to counselling with their partner so they may work through their issues together.

Right now, life may feel particularly difficult due to COVID-19. You may feel anxious about your health or that of a loved one. You may find yourself worrying about your job, your finances, your children's education or your family's future. These are normal thoughts and feelings to experience at a time like this, and I am available to help you through it either in person or via video or phone.

Whether you are experiencing one of these issues or another that’s not listed, or you simply want to talk to someone outside of your day-to-day life in order to gain a different perspective, my aim is to support you as best I can.

While I love working with people from all walks of life, I feel particularly well suited to working with those in the creative field, such as writers, producers and performing artists. My other area of special interest is in working on improving relationships, both with individual clients as well as with couples.

I am available to see clients in Fulham Broadway, London SW6 Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

I am also available for sessions over Zoom, Skype and FaceTime. Or over the phone, if you wish.

Here's how to get started:

  • Please contact me by telephone or email to discuss your situation.
  • If we both feel it's the right fit, we will set up an appointment to meet.
  • All communications between us are confidential, and I reply to all messages promptly.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (Metanoia Institute, 2016)
BSc in Reflective Therapeutic Practice (Middlesex University, 2016)

Certificate in CBT Skills (WPF, 2017)

Certificate in Couple and Relationship Therapy (The Grove, 2019)

Certificate in Therapeutic Coaching Skills (NCFE, 2021)

MA (Cantab) in Modern and Medieval Languages (University of Cambridge,1994)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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.

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I am currently offering concessions to key workers in the NHS

Individuals: £70 per 50 minute session

Couples: £90 per 60 minute session

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am available between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

Further information

As a Humanistic Counsellor, I believe that you are born with the resources to find the answers to your own questions. And I believe that as client and counsellor we collaborate. My role is to facilitate self-understanding, promote growth, nurture self-development, offer support, promote healing where there has been damage, and empower you to make the right choices.

Further trainings in CBT therapy as well as Life Coaching have enriched my practice, enabling me to offer clients a more integrated approach to their issues. For instance, I draw upon CBT skills when we explore how your thoughts affect your mood, or when helping you identify the ways in which your coping mechanisms might maintain your problems rather than resolve them. Or you may be looking for a more directive, solution-focused approach in order to achieve a desired outcome. This is where the coaching tools I have learned can be very effective in mobilising you to reach whatever goals you have set for yourself.

Finally, my training and experience of working with couples has reinforced my belief that, within the containing space of a counselling session, it is possible for partners to overcome what can feel like entrenched issues within their relationship. Supporting couples to communicate well with each other - to listen to the other and to feel heard - is something I find deeply rewarding.

In summary, I don't believe that one therapy fits all. Together, we can decide what works best for you. Sessions will be tailored to your specific needs, whether you are seeking individual or couples sessions, shorter-term help with a specific issue, or a longer-term engagement for more complex ones.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

While the premises at Thrive SW6 are not accessible, I am happy to offer my services to wheelchair users via video or telephone.

Additional languages

French

Marina Palmer

Marina Palmer