Scott Raftery Dip, BA (Hons), PgDip Psych, MFDAP, Reg. MBACP, RM: CQC
I have worked full-time as a therapist for many years, including leading the clinical teams at and managing a number of psychological health and well-being clinics and hospitals, alongside my private practice, and am a Registered Manager with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). I also conduct research at a globally leading university school of psychology.
I am highly trained in, practice, and have many years experience working full time in general adult counselling, psychotherapy and personal and professional coaching and development
My work ranges from seeing people experiencing acute and/or chronic psychological distress within in-patient settings, to working with people struggling in certain areas of their lives, either in a general way or in relation to experiences such as bereavement, problems with personal relationships or at work or the loss of a job, low self-esteem, addictions, drug and alcohol misuse or issues related to sexuality and sexual identity, to clients leading highly functional lives who are looking to take advantage of the opportunities that therapy provides for personal growth and development, and the fulfilling of potential.
I have particular expertise and experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, bereavement, abuse, in all forms, including rape, attempts against life, and terrorism, addictions, alcohol and substance use sexual health, sexual identity, including LGBTQI+ identity and areas related to HIV / AIDS, personal health generally in all respects, from birth or later developed, with regards to oneself and/or others, including disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, life modifying injuries and/or impairments (such as to senses, limbs, mobility for example) and conditions (from temporary/mild to more long-term/severe including life-limiting such as cancer) - alongside/irrespective of whatever one's health, life experiences and circumstances - personal growth and development.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol professionals.
As a therapist, I work to help people realise their potential, better manage difficulties and develop opportunities for personal growth, well-being, and a stronger sense of self.
I work in an integrative way, drawing on the strengths of humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive therapies within a coherent framework for positive change.
My approach is guided by Egan's Skilled Helper model, exploring how things are, how they might better be, and effective pathways for positive change.
Respecting individual experience, my work is collaborative, with a strong focus on the therapeutic relationship and how it may best, within a safe environment, serve individual needs, preferences, and potential.
Therapeutic approaches I draw on, with a sensitivity to the individual, include person-centred, humanistic, solution-focused, existential, narrative, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), motivational interviewing and 12-Step facilitation therapy.
I am Anglo Irish American (First language and accent: English) and have lived, studied and worked globally, within and across varying and diverse cultures in places including:
UK (England - London/South-East, South-West, North; Scotland and Wales - various)
North America (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Minneapolis)
The Middle East
I am always happy to discuss my work both before commencing and during therapy as it progresses.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters Level Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction).
University of East London (School of Psychology).
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol professionals and abide to their ethical codes of conduct.
I have practiced as a therapist full-time for many years and have a wealth of experience working with people from different backgrounds.
I also conduct research in psychotherapy at a university school of psychology.
Conference speaker for the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Prince's Trust Award
BACP Hoxton Award
Scholarship for postgraduate research, University of East London, school of psychology.
I have a legal background and have also worked for 30 years on paid and voluntary bases towards promoting human rights, equality of opportunity and health and well-being including:
The Human Rights Campaign and LAMBDA Legal
Including work leading to the securing of same sex civil partnerships and marriage both in the UK and America, and other legal rights such as related to discrimination, work-place issues, abuse, matters of finances/residency/immigration/probate and other areas of importance related to Human Rights and Equality.
Project Angel Food
Preparing and delivering meals to housebound people living with AIDS.
Promoting positive images of minority Identities.
Head of International Communications related to the development of medical treatments for HIV/AIDS leading up to the life-changing ART medications that came to market subsequently in the 90s - responsible for raising of funds, Press Relations, public awareness, professional liaison with the medical community including in America, London and Africa
GMHC New York
Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco
Various homelessness, Supported Living, pro-equality and anti-bullying organisations
I also support a number of charities including MENCAP, MIND, Dementia, UK, Parkinson's, UK, Safer Internet Day, and Ditch The Label.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Some people enter into therapy to help with psychological difficulties and I am well skilled in such work.
In addition, my approach also lends itself to offering great benefit to personal development and I welcome contact from those who may not be experiencing psychological distress but wish to build on their personal development and potential.
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
Fees are discussed on request and concessions for fees are happily considered.
Please feel free to call or email me.
It can be hard for some people to reach out for counselling and psychotherapy but the rewards can be life-changing in many positive ways.
While working to the highest standards of professionalism, I take a friendly approach so please do get in touch.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Days, evenings and weekends, subject to availability
Types of client