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About me

I'm a BPS-registered Chartered Counselling Psychologist and UKCP and BACP-registered integrative psychotherapist working in the mental health field since 2010. I hold a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (DCPsych) from Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University. I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy with adults, short-term and medium to long-term, in my therapy room in Muswell Hill, London (N10).  

My previous background is in engineering as well as financial services. Having worked in school, university, NHS and various mental health charities, I have a wide range of professional and life experiences working with clients from various backgrounds and ages. 

If you are unhappy in your life in any way, if you feel depressed or anxious but not sure why and don't know how you can start making sense of it all, feel free to contact me to book in for a chat. I offer a free consultation to see if psychotherapy with me can be the right thing for you.

MY APPROACH
When you are choosing a therapist, it can be confusing to understand what everything means and who is right for you. I work in an integrative, relational way, which means that my training has taught me a variety of types of psychotherapy, including but not limited to psychodynamic, person-centred, existential therapy, transactional analysis, neuroscience-based attachment theories, mindfulness, CBT and gestalt. In my practice, I tailor my approach to develop ways that work for you. That could mean a different type of psychotherapeutic approach for different issues you bring.

I believe at the core of my practice is the relationships I have with my clients. I don't have all the answers but I like to create a non-shaming, non-judgmental space of exploration with you. Our collaborative therapeutic relationship will be a playground for you to create new patterns, meanings and a different way of experiencing the world.  

Humans crave connections, and in our childhoods, many of us develop maladaptive ways to fulfil the emotional needs that we had, but these patterns may no longer serve us in our current lives. In our work together, I work towards bringing awareness to these patterns that no longer benefit you through our therapeutic relationship in a non-shaming way. With increasing awareness, you can have a choice in the way you react to the same situations, so you can be empowered to create your own storylines in your life. 

Trust and safety is the foundation of our work - this is why I offer a free initial exploratory chat to see if psychotherapy would be suitable for you. Clients can often have an instinctive feeling of whether the therapist is someone they could trust and open up to, and I believe you must trust this feeling to choose the right therapist for you. 

Language and culture

I practice in both English and Mandarin. I'm originally from Beijing, China, and have been living in the US and the UK for many years. I have an international outlook and I am sensitive to issues of intersectionality and what they mean to our work.  I'm passionate about helping clients make sense of and integrate different and potentially conflicting identities from different cultures and experiences. 

Fees

I operate on a sliding scale and charge up to £110/hr for online therapy slots that are in demand.

I charge no fee for an initial exploratory chat and would be happy to discuss an affordable fee for each individual. Typically it would be set between £60 to £110 for ongoing therapy, occasionally reduced further in consideration of the client's circumstances. 

I work with the following insurers - please let me know if you would like to claim insurance at the time of enquiry. 

- Aetna 

- Aviva

- AXA

- Vitality

Training, qualifications & experience

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy - Metanoia Institute

Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy - Metanoia Institute

Conversion Diploma in Psychology - Open University

Bachelor of Science and Applied Engineering - University of Pennslyvania

Previous experiences:

  • Counsellor at Ealing Abbey Counselling Service
  • Listening Volunteer at the Samaritans
  • Bereavement Counsellor at Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Child Counsellor at Place2Be
  • Mentor at the Carers Federation
  • Trainee Counsellor at the University of Nottingham Counselling Service working with students and staff
  • Counselling Psychologist at the Drug and Alcohol Unit at Edgeware Community Hospital

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

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.

BACP

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cultural issues

Identity issues

Transitional issues

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Fees

From £60.00 to £110.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • AXA PPP
  • Vitality

When I work

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Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults

Additional languages

Mandarin

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

integrative, relational supervisor with a core in psychodynamic and an interest in intersectionality

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Dr Meng (Maggie) Shen

Dr Meng (Maggie) Shen