Patrick Shepard

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BA, MSc, MBACP (Accred), former solicitor.
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London, W12 9LQ
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About me

I have delivered over 8,500 hours of therapy to professional people, helping them deal with many different issues including stress, anxiety, depression and addiction. 

Therapy can be tough-going at times, but it can also be exhilarating. If you are reading this, I already salute your courage in considering the step of talking to someone like me. 

I am expert in dealing with the effects of early trauma, situations where the person was overwhelmed by what was happening to them. 

My own background is that I was a litigation partner in a major City law firm. I understand the particular pressures which client-driven professionals in all sectors experience - the sense of being 'time poor' and that it is the clients' demands which are dominating. This can create a lot of chronic stress. 

I therefore work on two levels - first by offering 'here and now' practical techniques to relieve the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Secondly, I use a psychodynamic approach to explore what underlying conflicts there may be. 

I have a pleasant room in a quiet leafy road in Shepherds Bush round the corner from Wendell Park, ten minutes from Stamford Brook and Turnham Green tube, and five mins from the buses on Uxbridge Road. I am a BACP accredited psychotherapist and counsellor.

I see clients suffering from work stress, anxiety, depression, the effects of abuse, addictions or it may be something which is hard to put into words, a kind of general misery. In the first session, you will know at once if there is the potential to make progress together.

My approach is warm and affable - the sense of connection, that your therapist 'gets it,' is crucially important. 

My clients have included individuals and couples, all ages and all walks of life. 

I became a therapist after recovering from my own difficulties and my own experience of personal therapy is that the process may take time, but with commitment it can bring about remarkable changes in how life is approached, how it feels to live in the day-to-day. 

I find that some clients want focused short term help, where we look at specific solutions together. Others wish for something more open-ended.

My experience includes working with people needing help with relationship issues, as well as those suffering from chronic stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, anger management, low self-confidence, bereavement, redundancy, suicidal thoughts, and all kinds of addiction. 

Clients tell me they find me warm and affable, and my room in a quiet, leafy road as a calm place to talk through what is troubling them. 

We do this as part of a shared commitment, exploring together to find ways to help you feel better. 

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons) English.

MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy - Merit.

BACP Accredited psychotherapist.

Former Top 25 law firm litigation partner.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with


Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

I offer discounts for students, including anyone having therapy as part of their training.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Shepherds Bush, Chiswick, Acton areas, 7am-10pm 5 days a week. Also online and telephone counselling.

70 Aylmer Road, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 9LQ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Microsoft Teams
Patrick Shepard
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