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Update: Early 2021

If you are thinking about having some counselling, please contact me for a brief conversation. I work with all adults from the age of 18 years. We might decide to meet for an initial session to talk, in confidence,  about your situation and think about whether some counselling might be of benefit. If we decide not to work together, I can help you to think about other possibilities and/or suitable therapies.

Due to the continuing restrictions of the pandemic, I am not able to offer 'in-person' sessions in Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale. So, until further notice, I am continuing to work with clients either online (Zoom or Skype) or the telephone.

Some issues can be resolved with brief or short term counselling, typically 6 to 12 sessions, whilst others might need longer term work. This is an important matter that will be discussed when we meet.

Brief counselling can be very effective to address difficulties that have recently surfaced in your life; for instance, stresses at work, challenges from a new relationship, or a recent traumatic event.

Longer-term or open-ended psychotherapy is likely to be more appropriate if, for instance, the difficulties you are presenting have been around for a while, and simply won’t go away despite all your efforts and good intentions. This might be a painful loss or bereavement, difficult experiences or memories from the past, or persistent anxieties that spoil the quality of day to day life. Having the time to explore these together offers opportunities for greater understanding and discovering lasting solutions.

Training, qualifications & experience

In 2006, I completed a four-year core training in psychotherapy at WPF Therapy in London. I spent a further year at the Tavistock Clinic, also in London, focusing on the treatment of clients living with the impact of trauma and/or experiencing PTSD. In 2014, I completed my accreditation in delivering the 16-session brief therapy intervention, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy.

I am registered and accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and abide by their code of ethics. I am also a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC). Strengthening my practice as a psychotherapist is an ongoing priority. This includes regular supervision with a senior practitioner and engaging in professional workshops and seminars.

For the past twenty years I have been counselling adults in the voluntary sector and the NHS. I have also been a clinical manager with an NHS/IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service. When conditions allow, I work privately with clients from my base in South Lakeland - Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale. With the ongoing restrictions from the pandemic I am working online or the telephone.

To ensure the ongoing quality of my professional work, I regularly attend continuing professional development (CPD) events. I also discuss my work - confidentially - in monthly supervision with a senior psychotherapist.

I am currently pursuing BACP accreditation in supervision.

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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

Non-paid carers

Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Therapies offered

  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Fees
The assessment fee is £30 and subsequent sessions are £40. Concessionary fee arrangements may be available depending on circumstances and availability. This can be discussed at our first meeting.

Supervision
I also offer supervision for psychotherapists and counsellors, again on-line or via the telephone, at £30/session. This is at a reduced rate whilst I am completing my  supervision training.

Further information

Please contact me by phone or email if you are thinking about having some counselling.

Stramongate
Kendal
Cumbria
LA9

Kirkby Lonsdale
Carnforth
Cumbria
LA6

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am currently studying for a Diploma in the Practice of Supervision at the Leeds Centre for Psychological Development.

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Peter Raven - UKCP Registered / Accredited & Clinical Supervision

Peter Raven - UKCP Registered / Accredited & Clinical Supervision