Mei Ling Fernando
I am a qualified BACP registered Gestalt Humanistic counsellor. I offer long term and short term counselling sessions to individuals and couples.
I am committed to help you achieve the positive change, clarity or support you seek in your life. Counselling provides an opportunity for you to explore and make sense of your concerns, to gain insight, to trust yourself to make choices in life that come from you and to develop the confidence to handle the challenges you encounter.
I support you to understand and overcome the blocks to your happiness and freedom and to harness your potential to heal and create positive transformation in your life. Conscious change ultimately begins with you.
What is at the heart of keeping you stuck or in a negative space? When you can acknowledge a difficult emotion and understand why you have developed this emotion, you have the power to adapt to challenges from a place of power rather than helplessness.
My approach is to work alongside you in exploring and making sense of what is troubling you. It might be that you have never talked about your problems to others or that you may have found it too overwhelming to do so. I understand how challenging it can be to trust and talk to someone about personal and painful issues.
My clients have told me they have found counselling to be beneficial in working through old negative patterns, developing a stronger connection to self and rebuilding emotional resilience to handle obstacles in life. Clients have reported feeling greater freedom in living a more authentic life, experiencing clarity and confidence in decision making, prioritising their needs first and improved connection in personal and professional relationships.
I offer a respectful and warm hearted presence where you can begin to explore your feelings without fear of being judged, criticised or shamed safely and confidentially.
I specialise in working with people affected by life issues such as anxiety, depression, addictions, loss and bereavement, childhood or adult trauma, domestic violence and relationship issues.
Taking the next step
Please contact me either by telephone or email to find out whether counselling can help you. You are welcome to book an initial online consultation to discuss your concerns in more detail. It also gives us the chance to see if we both feel comfortable to work together. You are under no obligation to continue further with counselling after this initial consultation.
I am a registered member of the BACP (the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) which is the leading body for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. I am committed to adhering to their strict code of ethics and framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to my private practice, I have worked in numerous busy London counselling services, offering support for
• survivors of childhood trauma and domestic violence
• clients affected by loss and bereavement
• clients affected by anxiety, depression, addiction and anger issues
• student counselling service at a London University.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Covid 19 Update
As a result of the current pandemic, I offer online/telephone appointments only.
Counselling is offered to individuals and couples. Each session is for the duration of 50 minutes. I offer a free of charge initial telephone chat to discuss your concerns and to see whether counselling can help you.
My fees are as follows:
- Initial Telephone Chat - free of charge
- Initial Counselling Appointment - £70 per session
- Individual Counselling - £70 per session
- Couples Counselling - £100 per session
I invite you to book an initial counselling appointment so that we may discuss your counselling needs and queries in more detail. An initial appointment allows us the opportunity to explore how we may work together.
I also offer some limited concessionary rates. Please feel free to contact me for further information.
I am available Monday to Friday between 8am to 8pm.
My mixed heritage has led me to be aware and sensitive to my own cultural background and beliefs. As a result of my experiences, I have developed a respect and sensitivity to cultural differences within our society.
Prior to training as a Humanistic Counsellor, I worked as a solicitor in the City of London. I understand the impact of work pressures both within personal and professional relationships.
Additional previous employment include managing a London based nursing agency to support adults with autism, dual sensory impairment and mental health issues.
My passion for animal welfare led me to volunteer and then work overseas in Africa and Fiji to participate in animal conservation projects.