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About me

I am fully qualified Counsellor with over twenty years years experience, who is Registered with and Accredited by BACP (the professional body for counsellors). Whether you have had Counselling before or not, I suggest you hear more about how I work as we counsel in different ways.

Where and when do you work?
Both online and face-toface from Forest Hill, on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, just a minute or two from the station.

What is counselling like with me and how does it work?
As you probably know, Counselling is a ‘talking treatment’.  This means we’d explore together what you want to change and find a way forward that feels manageable for you, for an hour every week.

Through working with me in this way people begin to develop and change.  I believe this happens because all of us have within ourselves the capacity to heal, to grow and to create a more satisfying life of our choosing.  Much of my work is helping people re-discover and mobilise these inner resources that seem to be ‘lost’, or that have become distorted or mistrusted, through experiences in their life.

My attitude is warm, genuine and respectful.  I might suggest using writing, drawing and other ways of working if that helps you.  I also help you learn how to use your time in Counselling to best advantage.

I have found this way of working to be the most effective in helping people get what they want from Counselling.  After all, life is for living, not for counselling!

However, as you may well know, counselling is not a ‘quick fix’ and often takes time.  Counselling needs you to be willing to talk about what concerns you, be committed and to work at what you want to change, which at times can be difficult and painful.   As your Counsellor, I’d be supportive, work at your pace and be committed to helping you through.

What difficulties can counselling help with?
People work with me to get help with anxiety or panic; bereavement; depression; guilt; a personal crisis; relationship difficulties; sexual abuse; stress; trauma; violence and conflict.  Sometimes it can be less clear what the difficulty is, such as feeling stuck; exploring identity; personal development; feeling out of control; life not being how they want it to be; coping with life changes; making decisions; etc.

How long does counselling take?
Counselling usually ends at a mutually agreed time. At the beginning I can give you an estimate of how long I imagine it may take. During the work we will regularly review how it is going to ensure counselling is being effective and to consider how much further work, if any, is necessary.

Ethics
As an Accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) I abide by their code of ethics.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications
I am a fully qualified Counsellor with individual Registration and Accreditation with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

I therefore have a Diploma in Counselling (the course I completed was accredited by BACP), which as you may know, is the recognised professional qualification for all counsellors.

Every year I undertake continuing professional development through further specialised training courses.

Experience
I have been counselling since 1999.  As well as working in private practice, I’ve worked as a counsellor in an NHS GP’s surgery; for Lewisham Bereavement Counselling; with the families of drug and alcohol users for Adfam; and with men in Wormwood Scrubs Prison.  I’ve also done telephone counselling for the British Stammering Association and Adfam

I run a small counselling service for Adfam in the London Borough of Greenwich on a Monday..

Lastly, I’ve worked for the mental health charity Mind on their Information Line and running a mens group.

In addition, I work as a trainer and author in the counselling field, see my website for more information on these.

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Stammering

Fees

I offer the initial session for free.  This provides you with an opportunity to meet me and see if you would like to work with me, and it allows me to see if I can help you or not (if I can't I'd be happy to refer you on to someone who can).  There is no obligation on either of us to take it further.

My usual fee is then £50 per session. I'm willing to consider negotiating the fee.

Availability

I work both online and face-to-face on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the day and evenings.

Further information

My counselling room is fully accessible to people who use a wheelchair.

If you are interested in theory, then I consider my main theoretical approach to be modern Gestalt, into which I have integrated theory and practice from Attachment Theory; Trauma work, particularly the work of Babette Rothschild and Janina Fisher; Psychodynamic; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Existentialism; Transactional Analysis; and less so several other approaches.

Forest Hill
London
SE23

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

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.

I am on the ground floor.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
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Peter Cartwright

Peter Cartwright