Patricia Boles

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Integrative psychotherapist and EMDR. UKCP, BACP
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

London NW6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

If you are looking to improve your quality of life, it's difficult to do that on your own. I can help you look at what is getting in the way of you living a fuller, happier life and challenge patterns and beliefs and perhaps a strong inner critic that is holding you back. Together, we can explore and develop your resources and provide strategies to help you manage your emotions and feel stronger.

Together with talking therapy, I offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), a proven, effective  psychotherapy that will help you process memories. It enables people to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. These can range from a one off event to a pattern of emotional disturbances that have been affecting you since childhood. 

If anxiety and stress are affecting your sleep,  I also offer CBT for insomnia, and can advise on ways to improve your night’s rest.

Depending on your needs, I offer short-term counselling to deal with a specific issue, and longer, more open-ended work to explore more long standing issues.

The first session

You may be nervous about your first session in therapy, and I understand that talking about issues can be difficult. This initial session is for me to find out what's bringing you to therapy and a little about your background and history,  and, most importantly, to see if you feel comfortable sharing your feelings with me.  

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Middlesex 
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Minster Centre.

Training

  • Trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia and sleep problems (CBTi). 
  • Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).
  • Trained in Attachment informed EMDR.
  • I also have completed training in the areas of stress, trauma, alcohol use, bereavement, suicide and self harm,  anxiety, calming the inner critic, and depression.

Experience

  • Staff counsellor in Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust at St Mary's hospital in Paddington in their staff stress management service.
  • Counsellor in a low cost therapy service.
  • Counsellor at a wellbeing centre in St Charles Hospital, London working with clients affected by AIDS and HIV.
  • Prior to becoming a therapist, I had a successful career in advertising and marketing, and have experience and understanding of working in a sometimes toxic,  challenging, deadline-led environment.

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

Fees

From £90.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Cigna
  • WPA

Additional information

I also work with Aetna Insurance

When I work

I have availability Monday to Thursday.

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Additional languages

Degree level competency in French

Online platforms

Zoom
Patricia Boles
Patricia Boles