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About me

Hi, my name is Patience, and what I offer is a space for you to explore areas of life and/or relationships that you want to be different, providing the space to create the change you would like to see in your life.

I work in a psychoanalytic and relational way to explore areas you want to change, and we work together to approach life experiences that are more challenging.

With what you bring to discuss and hope to achieve, I work using therapeutic tools according to your needs. My clients include child and adolescent, individual adults and young adults, including those who identify as LGBTQ+, families and couples.

I previously worked in a corporate environment and I am aware of the challenges faced by couples, parents and families to find and sustain positive relationships including work place uncertainties.

I have expertise and experience with:

  • Depression/Low Mood
  • Exploring issues related to gender and/or sexuality
  • Difficulties maintaining satisfying relationships or connections
  • Attachment challenges
  • Feelings of poor self-worth or emptiness
  • Exploring personal growth and potential
  • Older adolescents and young adults
  • Adults who are questioning traits of an Autistic Spectrum
  • Condition (or Asperger’s Syndrome) and are seeking support
  • Coping with life changes/stressors
  • Pregnancy and post-natal therapy

If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call or email me.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am registered with the professional bodies listed below and abide by their codes of Ethics and Standards of Professional conduct, my qualifications also include:

  • MSc Family Therapy - Kings College London
  • PgDip systemic family therapy - Tavistock and Portman Trust London
  • BSc Social work - University of Bedfordshire
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate
  • Extensive Safeguarding Training Level 3
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy 2011170072
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy 00954214
  • Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice N9000040409
  • Social Work England SW38529

I trained as a social worker then progressed to CAMHS practitioner and family therapist in the UK. I have experience working in social care and in NHS settings.

I am currently based in the Gender Identity National and Specialist Service as well as in private practice. In addition to private practice and mental health settings I have also worked in the voluntary sector.

I have experience working with people from diverse backgrounds. I am able to support with issues around migration, identity, blended families, divorce, separation and parental conflict as well as life coaching, personal development.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Accredited register membership

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for 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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also work with children or adults who have experience of being in a child looked after by the Local Authority and adoption.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

  • Individual sessions (50 minutes)  £80
  • Couples and Families (50 minutes)  £110
  • Payment by cash or online banking.

I am also registered with most major Private Health Insurance Providers and can claim sessions directly from them, please contact me to discuss this.

Chiltern House
81 High Street North
Dunstable
Bedfordshire
LU6 1JJ

The Heath Therapies
27 Avenue Mansions
Finchley Road
London
NW3 7AX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

Please contact me to check my availability.

Evenings and weekends.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme
Patience Akande ~ UKCP, MBACP

Patience Akande ~ UKCP, MBACP