MBACP, BA (Hons)
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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. I work face-to-face and online if visiting in person is not possible.
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 Brentford counselling service, please visit:
Brentford is a local area close to Kew, Isleworth and Richmond. My location is served well by local trains and buses from Hounslow, Isleworth, Chiswick, Richmond and Ealing. I am close to Brentford Train station and a short bus ride from Gunnersbury tube station.
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)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
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 students studying counselling and therapy.
When I work
My working hours are generally 7.30am - 6pm weekdays, and 8.30am - 10am Saturday.
I don't have appointments available on Wednesdays.
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.