Patricia Boles

London NW6

About me

Imagine being able to talk about what's bothering you to someone who won't judge you or try to "fix" things or make you feel you could be a burden. My job as therapist is to listen without judgement and to work with you at your own pace. You may be feeling overwhelmed, struggling with anxiety, perhaps caused or enhanced by the Coronavirus outbreak. You may also be experiencing depression, workplace stress, relationship issues or loneliness, going through a major life transition or simply feel stuck and want a way to move forward. I can offer a calm, supportive, confidential space, online, at the moment, due to social distancing, where together, we can explore your difficulties, self criticism and negative thoughts and behaviours and enable you to achieve a happier, more satisfying life.

I am an integrative therapist and counsellor, which means I draw on a number of therapeutic approaches and find the best and most appropriate way to work with you. Depending on your needs, I offer short-term counselling to deal with a specific issue, and longer, more open-ended work.

Issues can be hard to face alone and it is good to talk things through. To find out whether you feel I can help you, please contact me via phone or email to arrange an initial meeting. In this session, we can explore what's bringing you to therapy, a little about your background and the practicalities of working together. I can currently offer online sessions, in the light of current social distancing. If you wish to have sessions online, it's important that you have a space to speak freely and confidentially. For my part, I will be working online from my therapy practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Middlesex and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Minster Centre. I am also trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi), which could involve short term work of 5 sessions.

I have a particular interest in managing a balance between life and work, and stress and emotional wellbeing in the workplace. Prior to becoming a therapist,I had a successful career in advertising and marketing, and have experience and understanding of working in a challenging, deadline-led environment. Aside from my private practice, I have worked within a wellbeing service at St Charles' Hospital and in Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust at St Mary's hospital in Paddington as a staff counsellor, in their staff stress management service, dealing with issues both personal and related to the workplace.

I am a recognised Private Practitioner with various insurers: Aviva, AXA, Vitality. Please ask about this if you'd like to pay through insurance.

Member organisations

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

My fees per 50 minute session range between £70.00 and £85.00 depending on the time and location that we meet.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Degree level competency in French

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

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Patricia Boles

Patricia Boles