I am accepting new clients remotely during the epidemic and isolation period. I use WhatsApp; FaceTime; Google Hangouts; Zoom and telephone for audio or video contact.
People consider seeing a therapist for a variety of reasons - perhaps you've reached a point in your life where you struggle to find meaning in your relationships or make sense of the world around you; perhaps work life is dominating your home life or vice versa, or perhaps life concerns, anxieties or grief are becoming too much to cope with, making daily life dysfunctional?
If you feel the need to share your experiences with more than just a friend or work colleague, then seeking a confidential and supportive therapeutic relationship may be the best way forward.
I'm Martin, and I am a degree-qualified counsellor (Integrative Relational Therapy) and Registered Member of the BACP. I have worked with a wide range of people from teenagers to older adults from various social, racial and economic backgrounds and draw from a variety of theoretical approaches to support my work, enabling me to support you in exploring your past, present or future concerns, whilst together unpicking some of the difficulties or issues you might be facing.
I work from home in a safe and secure environment, occasionally joined by my dog, Harry the Beagle. The presence of dogs in a therapeutic environment can have a calming or reassuring influence for some people, especially those who experience dogs as a beacon of safety and security.
If you’re looking for a calm and relaxed therapeutic space to explore your difficulties or struggles in life with an empathic, non-judgemental counsellor and would like to self-refer for an initial assessment session, we can discuss your individual needs about what you would like to gain from either short term or long term therapy.
For more information about me, therapy in general and my St Margarets counselling service, please visit:
St Margarets is a local area within the larger Richmond and Twickenham areas and my location is served well by local trains and buses from Hounslow, Isleworth, Chiswick, Hampton, Teddington and Putney, to name but a few.
I am also a registered provider for CIGNA Healthcare Insurance. If you're a member and wish to use CIGNA to fund your therapy sessions, please let me know when you inquire.
Training, qualifications & experience
I discovered counselling as a second career after spending a number of years in the hospitality industry. Having lived through my own difficulties in life, these experiences led me to want to train and pursue a career as a counsellor and therapist myself. I hold a BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Relational Counselling from Middlesex University, as well as an AQA Counselling Skills Certificate and I am interested in further my education to PhD level in the future.
I am particularly interested in areas and issues with self-identity, sexual identity and addiction.
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
Please contact me for information about what your fees will be. Fees vary depending on the appointment time and I do offer concessionary rates for people on low income or student status.
Weekdays: 10am - 9.30pm and Weekends: 10am - 2pm
I also work as a Specialist Mentor at a higher education facility with students with mental health difficulties. I do offer private mentoring for students that are struggling with academia - please contact me if you'd like to know more about what mentoring can help.
I have also worked voluntarily for a local council service offering counselling to employees through their Occupational Health Department and have had regular experience working within a local NHS setting.