Martin Watson - Psychodynamic Counsellor (Dip.Counselling, BPC, MBACP)
Hi, I am Martin and I know life can be a testing and stressful experience. At times of heightened anxiety and uncertainty you may be asking an important question, one i asked myself many years ago. Can counselling help me?
Perhaps you are reading this today because you want a better relationship with your partner or children or want to relieve the pain of a bereavement, anxiety or depression. You might find yourself thinking “I could use some help with my anger”, “I’ve been feeling low like this for too long now, “I wish I could stop feeling anxious” or “Will I ever get over this?”.
There are many other questions you may also be asking yourself and if any of those I have mentioned seem to fit then the answer to your important question maybe yes.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified BPC accredited psychodynamic counsellor/therapist offering individual therapy to adults and young people. I am also a registered member of the BACP (MBACP).
I have been working as a psychodynamic counsellor offering individual therapy for over five years both in private practise and within organisations. I worked at Mind in Barnet for over three years and also I was part of the Grief Encounter bereavement counselling team. I work privately in several locations as part of the Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy practise (London N12) in Finchley central (N2) and also St Johns Wood (NW8)
I offer quick access to open-ended counselling, time restricted work both face to face and online.
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.
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.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). 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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Men's mental health issues.
Since the Royal Prince's helpfully and bravely spoke out about their personal and individual struggles as men it has perhaps allowed and further validated us men to think about ourselves. Traditionally being strong might have meant appearing not to have a vulnerable side yet of course we all do. Being strong does not disappear to think about or admit that at times we don't feel strong or need help. Maybe this makes us even stronger?
My rate is on a sliding scale between £50 - £75 for individuals and each session is for 50-minutes. I do have some low fee slots available and we can discuss the details of this when we first speak. The initial consultation fee is £50.
Getting started can be anxiety provoking but we can manage this together. To get the ball rolling send me an email or call and we can set up an initial session. In this initial session we will think together about what is best for you, what you want to get out of counselling and if you are happy we can look forward and arrange a second session.