Are you feeling fed up, sad, stressed and/or struggling with anxiety or depression? Perhaps you are having difficulties in your relationships, friendships or at work? Maybe you are affected by difficult past or current events? You don't need to suffer.
Sometimes things are so familiar, we accept them as normal or unchangeable. If you would like to talk to someone who can offer you a safe and confidential space, think with you about your difficulties and help you to make same positive changes, then please get in touch and we can arrange a chat.
I am qualified and accredited to work with adults and adolescents. In addition to having an adult counselling degree, I have a masters in psychological therapies with children, young people and families. This means that I have many years of experience working with clients of all ages and can either help you focus on a current difficulty and/or help you to deepen your understanding of how your earlier experiences/relationships (positive and negative) maybe affecting how you think, feel and behave today, in order for you to move forward.
Choosing a therapist and beginning therapy can be daunting. Maybe you aren't even sure if therapy is for you? How about we start with an initial free of charge 20 minute chat so that you can tell me a bit more about your concerns and ask any questions that you may have. Alternatively, if you feel more comfortable, you can send me an email introducing yourself and asking any questions you might have.
I offer both in person and video call appointments.
More information is available on my website: www.robynpsaffer.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to working in private practice, I work as a counsellor in secondary schools.
Previously, I worked as a counsellor at the Harrow Women's Centre for seven years and in a primary and secondary school for the charity Place2Be for five years. I have worked for Barnardos as a clinician in their psychological and emotional well being service for children and young people.
I studied at the Metanoia Institute and Tavistock and Portman Centre which specialise in the professional training of counsellors and psychotherapists. I have the following qualifications:
- MA (Distinction) in Psychological Therapies working with Children, Young People and Families
- BA(Hons) Transactional Analysis Counselling, Dip. Counselling and Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
- Post Graduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Well-Being.
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor - MBACP(Accred).
I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a Child and Family Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.
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 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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Relationship Issues - including partner, family, friends, parenting
- Relational Trauma
- Existential issues - will I ever............. (e.g. meet someone, have children)
- Parenting struggles - e.g. caring for children with learning difficulties, children leaving home,
- New parents - e.g. anticipation or arrival of a new baby
- Multiple births - feelings around being pregnant with more than one child, coping with the birth and parenting of multiples.
- Illness of self/friend/relative
- Feelings of isolation/loneliness
- Cultural issues (e.g. fitting in, differences)
- Coping with separation/difficulties at home
- Adolescent stress and worries