We all experience stages in our life when we find it a struggle. Looking for someone to talk to at times like this may seem like a sensible option, but it is not always an easy decision to make.
At times we may feel overwhelmed or as if it is difficult to cope; maybe struggling with stress, anxiety or relationship issues. For some there may be a sense of being lost, stuck or lacking purpose. For others there may be a desire to explore and understand a bit more about themselves or regain a sense of their priorities, with a view to enhancing personal growth or development.
My name is Pip Tuppen and I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, practising in both Tunbridge Wells and in Central London W1 , working on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment where you can explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Working together we will aim to find a way through your difficulties, enhancing your sense of well-being and enabling you to lead a fuller and more satisfying life.
In my previous career I worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS and therefore have a special interest and understanding of both acute and chronic physical health problems; respecting the close relationship of body and mind. I have also worked with young people as a secondary school counsellor.
In 2013 I trained to teach Mindfulness in Schools (www.mindfulnessinschools.org) and now offer an 8 week programme to secondary schools in Kent and East Sussex.
When we have problems or are in distress it can help to talk. Although we often rely on friends and family for support, sometimes finding a warm, empathic professional who is specially trained to listen and understand can be of benefit.
Sometimes we can become stuck in patterns of behaviour or relationships, which may be highlighting a difficulty in a particular area. Counselling can help you to become aware of them, understand them and change them if you want to.
Reflecting on your experiences and exploring your difficulties with a counsellor in a quiet, comfortable space can enable you to make effective changes in your life and find a way forward, so that your life feels more manageable and fulfilled.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice, (BACP accredited).
Trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Programme to deliver the 8 week '.b' programme.(www.mindfulnessinschools.org)
I am a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor, registered with UKCP.
The UK Council for Psychotherapy is a national register of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors, listing those practitioner members who meet exacting standards and training requirements.
I am a graduate member of The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling, (FPC).
The FPC is made up of professionally trained and experienced members who offer counselling and psychotherapy on an individual and group basis. The FPC's members are trained and qualified through WPF Therapy in psychoanalytic theory and practice and have extensive clinical experience. All therapists are required to undergo personal therapy and ongoing supervision. FPC psychotherapists and counsellors are qualified to practise in-depth work. This provides the opportunity for clients to work through personal difficulties within a professional framework.
I adhere to the codes of ethics of the above organisations, working to the highest standards of confidentiality and professional practice.
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Concerns around the pre and post natal period
- Acute and chronic physical illness or injury
- Armed forces - serving, retired and veterans
- Forces families
My fees in Tunbridge Wells are £60 for the initial consultation, which may take up to 90 minutes, and £45/session thereafter.
In London the initial session is £75 and ongoing sessions are £60.
Sessions last for 50 mins and are ideally at the same time, on the same day each week.
I allocate a few sessions for clients with no or low income. These are limited and depend upon your circumstances and the time of day you would like therapy to take place. This can be discussed during the initial meeting.