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About me

Hello – and thanks for visiting my profile page. I provide what I hope is thoughtful and engaging talking therapy via Zoom, as well as face-to-face work from air-conditioned rooms at Battersea Rise, London. If you've got something on your mind that's been bothering you, then perhaps 2021 will be the year where you finally choose to start talking about it.

In brief
I see my job as a counsellor as helping people find ways of dealing with the difficult stuff that comes at us during our lives. It could be an immediate crisis, or long-running family or relationship issues, or a deep anxiety that seems to come from nowhere, or the gathering storm clouds of depression, or perhaps an issue or a sense of unease that has been nagging at us all our lives that we have never felt fully able to address.

My approach
Empathy, warmth, and, sometimes, just a bit of gentle humour: these are three aspects which I feel characterise my approach to counselling. There is science behind this too. Most clinical evidence on the effectiveness of talking therapies shows that the relationship between therapist and client is the biggest single factor in bringing about change – whatever ‘brand’ of therapy is being used.

More about my style of therapy
The therapy I offer falls broadly into the ‘psychodynamic’ category. This means we can think a bit about your past and explore how things might be getting repeated in the present. And it also means we can use aspects of the therapy room conversation to provide clues about patterns of relating in the world outside.

Some past experiences are so painful that talking about them can bring back overwhelming emotions: you may prefer simply to 'not go there'. Instead, we can work on how those experiences may still be affecting your life today, and how we can help you to get a bit more control over this.

By observing and noticing how we feel, behave and react in response to certain situations, we can ask whether it has to be like this, every time. Experience shows us that nothing in our lives is fixed forever. Our capacity for change is a constant surprise.


SOME PRACTICALITIES...

Getting started
If you drop me an email or text, we can fix up a 40-minute phone (or Zoom) session. There is no fee for this session, and it's a chance for you to talk about what’s prompted you to seek counselling, to ask me any questions you have, to think about how many sessions we'll need, and see if we there is availability that works for us both. Following the call, if you decide to go ahead with counselling, we choose a suitable day and time for the sessions, and book in the start date.

How many sessions?
We agree this between the two of us. We can have a focussed set of sessions (say just a half dozen or less) aimed at just one specific issue. However, the full benefit of talking therapy tends to play out over a longer time-frame. A set of 12 or 16 sessions, with the opportunity to renew, is a popular option. Some patients then choose to shift to an 'open-ended' contract with no specific end date.

Payment methods
There is no need to book a whole bunch of sessions in advance. Payment is made at the end of each session (I just send you a link to make a secure payment online). You can, of course, choose to end your counselling at any time.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy; Birkbeck, University of London
  • Cert Higher Ed. in Psychodynamic Counselling and Organisational Behaviour; Birkbeck, University of London
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics & Economics; Keble College, University of Oxford
  • MBACP - registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • More than 400 hours as a listening volunteer at Samaritans
  • Three years' experience as a therapist in a community counselling centre in south London
  • Author of Psychology: A Crash Course (Ivy Press, Brighton, 2019);
  • Book Review: Workplace intelligence: unconscious forces and how to manage them, Psychodynamic Practice, 2021.

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.

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Fees

£51.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

Online Therapy (via Zoom)
£51 per hour (off-peak, sessions starting 9am to 4pm)
£55 per hour (peak hours - sessions starting 8am and 5pm)

Face-to-face therapy
£75 per hour (Central London, City, West End)
£65 per hour (South London area)

Outdoor Therapy (Walk + Talk)
£55 per hour
(Battersea Park, Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common, Tooting Common)

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

76a Battersea Rise
London
SW11 1EH

Clapham Common Clinic
151-153 Clapham High Street
London
SW4 7SS

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom
Paul Carslake, MSc, MBACP

Paul Carslake, MSc, MBACP