Dr Meng (Maggie) Shen

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London, N10
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

I'm a BPS and HCPC registered Chartered Counselling Psychologist and UKCP and BACP registered integrative relational psychotherapist working in the mental health field since 2010. I'm also a UKCP-approved integrative Clinical Supervisor.

In my therapy room in Muswell Hill, London (N10), I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy with adults. Although I occasionally do short term work, my relational, in-depth style is much more suited to curious individuals who look to deepen their self awareness and self knowledge through longer term work. 

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

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. I always start with a zoom 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 I employ many modalities of psychotherapy, including but not limited to psychodynamic, person-centred/humanistic, existential therapy, transpersonal therapy, art therapy, transactional analysis, and Gestalt therapy. My practice is trauma-informed, and I like to work with the body, the mind and the spirit holistically. In my practice, I tailor my approach to develop ways that work for you. That could mean a different psychotherapeutic approach for different issues you bring, or different development stages you are in.

I believe at the core of my practice are 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 are the foundation of our work - this is why I always start with an extensive initial exploratory chat to see if psychotherapy with me would be suitable for you. Clients can often have an intuitive feeling of whether the therapist is someone they can trust and open up to, and I believe you must trust this feeling to choose the right therapist for you. 

Language, culture, neurodivergence, GSRD and other intersectionalities

I practice in both English and Mandarin. I'm originally from Beijing, China, and have lived in the US and the UK for many years with an international outlook. I’m also neurodivergent, heteroflexible, auti-gendered, polyamorous and familiar with working with neurodivergence and GSRD.

I am sensitive to power dynamics and the 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 between £80-£110 per session based on how much therapy is worth to the client and their affordability. This is usually discussed and agrees at the initial chat.

I charge a flat fee of £80 for an initial online exploratory chat that lasts up to 45 minutes.

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

Certificate in Diversity within Contemporary Relationships 


Diploma in Integrative Supervision - Minster Centre

Doctor in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies - Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University

Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy - Metanoia Institute

Conversion Diploma in Psychology - Open University

Bachelor of Science and Applied Engineering - University of Pennslyvania

Previous experiences:

  • Minster Centre
  • Ealing Abbey Counselling Service
  • the Samaritans
  • Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Place2Be
  • Carers Federation
  • University of Nottingham Counselling Service 
  • Drug and Alcohol Unit at Edgeware Community Hospital
  • Corporate consulting

Member organisations

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
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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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

£80.00 - £110.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

When I work

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Morning
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I work between school hours - generally 10 am to 4 pm only.

Unfortunately, I'm not able to offer evening or weekend sessions. 

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)

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