Megan Rose Stafford - Psychotherapist
How can I help you? Our everyday conversations with friends, family and colleagues can be hugely supportive and important. However, it is also sometimes just as important to have a more neutral and/or focused space in which we can talk about the things that are troubling to us, causing us stress or even pain. Equally, and for all sorts of reasons, it is not always the case that we have friends, family or colleagues who are easily accessible and so sometimes we can feel like we’re lacking regular, supportive contact. I provide a safe and confidential space in which you can talk about whatever it is that you need to – whether it is to simply decompress, explore something in more depth, or to seek to implement change. I offer a non-blaming, uncritical and supportive approach developed over 12 years of working in private practice, education and community services. I trained for 5 years on a masters programme accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
What can I help you with? I specialise in working with difficulties in relationships – the relationships we have with others, and also the relationship we have with ourselves. However, my experience and interest spans a wide range of issues, including (but not limited to):
· Low self-esteem and/or confidence
· Feelings of panic and/or panic attacks
· Family and other relationship issues
· Stress, including work related stress
· Feelings of loneliness
· Problems related to feeling a lot of anger
· Abuse, including historical abuse.
If you are unsure whether or not I am able to help, it’s a good idea to get in touch and make an initial inquiry. I ask all new clients if they would be happy to have a brief chat over the telephone (free of charge, no obligation) so that we can both check-in that I am the right person for you to work with. The most important thing is for you to find someone you are comfortable with and who has the right experience and training to work with what’s troubling you. I work with a very broad range of issues, but if you or I think you might benefit from working with someone with different, or specialist experience, we can discuss your options and if I can I will provide you with a referral or recommendation.
What next? Following an initial telephone call, our first full session will focus in more depth on areas in your life that you would like to talk about, explore and possibly change. If you are comfortable to, we will then make an initial agreement to work short-term (6-12 weeks) or long term (12+ weeks) on a weekly basis. In person sessions are 50 minutes on a once weekly basis. Online sessions are 40 minutes, also (usually) on a once a week basis.
What else? If you have any questions, feel free to email or call, or visit my website for more information about me. You might also like to know that I lecture in psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute and at Regent’s University London. I also have a background in research in counselling and psychotherapy and most recently worked at the University of Roehampton running a trial of humanistic counselling for young people (the 'ETHOS study'). My latest book is out now: Counselling Skills in Action (2020) – Megan R. Stafford & Tim Bond. London: SAGE.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (5 year training at the Metanoia Institute)
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)
- Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)
- BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Cardiff University)
I am a UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist and a member of the Metanoia Institute and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I I am guided by and abide by the UKCP professional code of ethics and accordingly, I am supervised by a UKCP registered practitioner.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
In person sessions cost £65 (50 minutes).
Online and telephone sessions cost £55 (40 minutes).
Concessions available to key workers, front-line staff and anyone currently unemployed - please feel free to enquire.
Concessions offered for
I understand it may be difficult for you to make the first phone call or email and I will do all I can to put you at your ease. The initial consultation and introduction session is designed to allow you to meet me, ask questions and to start to talk about the issues you are dealing with as well as your hopes, anxieties and expectations about counselling.