Peter Wyatt

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CBT and EMDR Practitioner Accredited Member of the BACP
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Leigh-on-Sea SS9 & Rayleigh SS6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

**Zoom sessions or face to face ** CBT Practitioner ** EMDR ** NHS Experienced Counsellor ** Free Assessment ** Negotiable Rates **Confidentiality Assured ** Accredited Member of the BACP ** 

If you wish to start on zoom during these uncertain times, with a view to meeting face to face at a later date, I'm happy to oblige

Terrifying, isn't it? Choosing a counsellor based on a photo and a short piece of self-promotion.... So why choose me?

I saw my first client in 2007, and spent 3 years working in the NHS as a CBT practitioner, both in short-term intervention, and with those suffering from "deep and enduring mental health issues", before moving into private practice full-time. I am a Registered, Accredited counselor with the BACP. To become accredited with the BACP, counsellors have to have at least 3 years experience post training, and have at least 450 hours counselling experience. (In the last two years alone I have accumulated over 1000 counselling hours).

I am also an EMDR practitioner. EMDR therapy is one of the most significant developments for decades in the treatment of trauma-related psychological conditions. Supported by extensive research, it is recommended for the treatment of PTSD in national and international guidelines, including the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

So whatever your reason for thinking about therapy, you can be assured of a professional, yet friendly service, from an experienced and non-judgemental counsellor.

If you need to know anything more, why not come for a FREE assessment, with no obligation? I can answer any questions you may have, and if it's not what you're looking for, you've lost nothing.

If you wish to continue, we can discuss how often you wish to come and how much you can afford. I do not believe anyone should be excluded on price, so my fees are negotiable. My rates are normally £50 per session for individual therapy and £60 for couples.

The sessions belong to you, and I am happy to work at your pace and to your agenda.

It is my intention to see clients as soon as possible. When someone finds the courage to contact a therapist, they don't want to be told there's a long waiting list! For this reason, in 2012, it was necessary to expand my practice due to popular demand. I now have half a dozen Associate counsellors working at the practice offering a range of therapies to meet all needs. If I am personally unavailable, one of the Associate therapists will be more than happy to help you. This means you can be seen as soon as possible.

I have offices conveniently located on the London Rd in Westcliff, within walking distance of Westcliff station.


“What happens during my assessment?”

The assessment is FREE and provides you with an opportunity to tell your story and explore the options open to you. You can ask any questions you may have and decide the way forward.

If counselling is not for you at this time, you are under no obligation to return.

“How often should I come?”

This is entirely up to you. Most people choose to come weekly to begin with, but some come fortnightly, or even monthly.

“How long do I have to come for?”

You don’t HAVE to come at all!  Many people find 6-8 sessions is enough; others stay for a year or more. When you feel ready to stop your therapy, just say the word. Many people choose to attend fortnightly towards the end to make the process of finishing easier.

"How long do the sessions last?"

Sessions normally last 50 minutes

“How much will it cost?”

I do not believe anyone should be excluded on price, so my fees are negotiable. My rates are normally £50 per session for individual therapy and £60 for couples.

“How do I know you won’t tell my stuff to other people?”

I am bound by the Code of Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. You can read the Code at

If you have any cause for concern you can contact them directly.

“What happens during the sessions?”

The session belongs to you, so you can choose what happens. Sometimes it will be an opportunity to tell your story, sometimes it will be focussed on how to change — each session can be different

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Counselling Supervision

EMDR Level 4

2010-2011 NHS counsellor, Taylor Centre, Southend

2009 NHS counsellor, Atrium, Southend

2007 Started in private practice

Practitioner Diploma, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Advanced Diploma (Integrative Counselling)

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.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Children and Young Adults via my Associate counsellors

I have also been living with ME/Chronic Fatigue for over a decade. My personal experience has enabled me to offer excellent therapy to those struggling with this prohibitive and intrusive condition

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£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Additional information

My fees are negotiable. My rates are normally £50 per session for individual therapy and £60 for couples.

EMDR sessions are £60 per hour, or £90 for a 90 minute session

I am also happy to see trainees at reduced rates. Please contact me for further details.

When I work

I am personally available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, my practice is open from 9am - 9pm Mon-Fri and Saturday mornings, if you wish to see one of my Associate counsellors

Further information

My story...

In a previous existence, I was in management with a large multinational corporation, followed by a career in sales, until changes in my personal circumstances forced a change of direction. As a single parent of two teenage boys, I used the luxury of a work hiatus to train for a new career in counselling.

Prior to training as a counsellor, I was a volunteer manager at the Storehouse Project, a drop-in centre for the homeless and vulnerably housed, those with drug and/or alcohol addiction and mental health issues. It was obvious I had a gift for talking to the service users, but how to help them move on? It was this question that led me to consider a career in counselling.

Four years training later, I was lucky enough to work in the NHS at both the Taylor Centre and the Atrium.

At the Taylor Centre, I saw clients struggling with issues of low-functioning depression, suicidal ideation, sexual abuse, anxiety and low self-esteem. They could come for up to a year if necessary.

At the Atrium, my client base was the “worried well” suffering from a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, phobias, family issues, stress, anger, low self-esteem, bereavement and loneliness. These clients came for 6 - 8 sessions, which may not sound like much, but it was usually enough.

This experience at both ends of the mental health spectrum has given me a unique advantage in helping clients from all walks of life.

I have also been living with ME/Chronic Fatigue for over a decade. My personal experience has enabled me to offer excellent therapy to those struggling with this prohibitive and intrusive condition

1212A London Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 2UA

Rayleigh, Essex, SS6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

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Integrative supervisor, 15 years experience, private practice, NHS and EAP.

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Peter Wyatt
Peter Wyatt