Phoebe Fuller BACP(Sr Acc): individuals and couples
I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist working with both individuals and couples. I have over 30 years experience working in both organisational settings and private practice. My aim is to offer people the chance to explore and work through difficult times in their lives as well as to realise their full potential as individuals. I am committed to offering a safe, welcoming and professional service.
Sometimes for all of us our thoughts and feelings about our lives and ourselves can become overwhelming. At these times it can help to talk to somebody neutral who can facilitate exploration and understanding of this. Complex, uncomfortable feelings or symptoms can be triggered by a recent event, relationship difficulties or remembering an unsettling early experience. We can be going through a personal crisis of some kind, feeling low and anxious, experiencing sleep disturbance, struggling at work, or just feeling troubled inside in a way that is hard to understand or make sense of.
Evidence shows that therapy can be effective in helping people achieve greater psychological resilience and an improved quality of life. Within the safety of a therapeutic relationship the process of sharing unsettling thoughts and being helped to untangle them can be surprisingly powerful. The impact of symptoms can be significantly lessened or even disappear when their underlying cause is explored and understood.
I recognise arranging to see a therapist can be daunting. Our first meeting offers the chance for us to explore your concerns and decide whether or not we would like to work together. Alternatively you're welcome to have a telephone conversation with me first if this would feel more comfortable.
You may wish to speak to someone on your own, individually or if your issues are impacting on your relationship you may decide with your partner that talking jointly with a couples counsellor could be more helpful
We all want to be loved and cherished and naturally seek close, attachment bonds with one another. However relationships can be difficult, confusing and complicated at times causing us enormous emotional pain.
A couple may wish to address issues such as: strengthening their closeness to one another, managing a time of crisis or life transition, exploring repetitive "stuck" conflicts and disharmony or reconsider their commitment to each other.
Couple counselling offers the opportunity to explore these difficulties in a safe, supportive setting. It ensures each person's perspective is heard and facilitates exploration and understanding of current difficulties as well as considering the context and history of where they may have originated.
Couple sessions are more structured than individual therapy sessions and aim to:
- Improve communication, empathy and mutual listening skills
- Enhance and deepen understanding of current relating difficulties in the context of each persons individual history
- Develop strategies to manage conflicts better
- Re-emphasise the importance of enjoyment and pleasure time within your relationship
- Strengthen and improve overall intimacy.
Equally, couples may decide that the best way forward for them is to separate. If this is the case relationship counselling can provide a safe, supportive setting to manage this process in as constructive a way as is possible. (Please see website for fuller details)
I have worked with people (individuals and couples) bringing issues such as:
- difficulties in relationships
- family difficulties
- bereavement and loss
- stress, anxiety
- low self-worth and depression
- work related difficulties
- food and eating disorders
- sexual difficulties or issues around orientation
- sexual abuse in adult or childhood
- helping people cope with serious illness
- helping people cope with the aftermath of sudden, unexpected traumatic events
- confusion,distress, uncertain what the problem is but want to talk to someone neutral and who is separate from the rest of their lives.
The first meeting is always a no commitment opportunity for us to decide whether or not we want to work together.
I practice from Kingston upon Thames, KT2, Close to: Ham, Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, Sutton, New Maldon, Surbiton and surrounding areas. Based off the Richmond Road, between Kingston and Richmond and close to the 65 bus route. Nearest stations Kingston and Richmond.
There is no parking zone in the immediate area.
My practice room is on the ground floor and easily accessible.
(See below for fees and availability in Fees and Further Information section)
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 30 years clinical experience. I completed a diploma in 1987 was first accredited in 1990 and was awarded Senior accreditation status in 2003. I went on to register as a once and twice weekly psychodynamic psychotherapist in 2004. I have worked in a number of different settings with a wide range of people from different backgrounds, of different ages and presenting with very different concerns. Earlier in my career I did training and practice in systemic family therapy and couple work which, along with the wide ranging experience I've had has led me to develop an integrative approach in my work. I completed a transpersonal diploma in couple counselling and psychotherapy in 2016 which has further enhanced my couple work.
I have worked in community mental health for 7 years, with staff and students in the health service also for 7 years, 3 years working as a student counsellor in further and higher education and 1 year working with "older" people. I've also spent 12 years working with a whole range of employees from different companies throughout the UK. For the past five years I have also worked with people diagnosed and being treated for all types of cancer, helping support them through this very difficult experience and facilitating the exploration of the ways in which this has impacted on them,their bodies, their relationships and their lives.
I started private practice in 1993 and have always enjoyed offering this alongside my other roles.
I have 12 years experience of telephone counselling/psychotherapy and can offer this, when appropriate, as an alternative to face-to-face counselling.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Individual sessions: £55 - 60
Couple sessions: £100 for first and subsequent session.(1st session lasts 1hr 30 , subsequent sessions between 1hr and 1hr 15 m)
Telephone sessions: £50
I offer daytime and evening appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings.
Mondays: 10.30am - 8 30pm
Tues,Wed: 8.00am - 8.30pm
Thursdays: 8.00am - 12.00noon
I offer an initial, no commitment meeting, to enable both myself and clients to decide whether or not we wish to work together.
I practice from Kingston upon Thames, just off the Richmond Road, the A307 between Kingston and Richmond and close to the 65 bus route. Closest rail stations are Kingston and, Richmond. Also close to surrounding areas such as: Surbiton, Richmond, Sutton, New Maldon, Hampton, East Molesey, Teddington, Twickenham etc.
There is no parking zone in the area.
My practice room is on the ground floor and easily accessible.
(020) 8546 0820 / 07825 409431
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday 10:30-8:30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday 8.00am - 8.30pm Thursday mornings 8 - 12.00pm. Check for availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|