Shireen Maclennan

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Post Cert, MBACP | Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Cobham, Surrey, KT11
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

What can I help with ?

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As a therapist , I am particularly interested in anxiety and stress. I have been trained to work with people who feel distressed by events in their life that are resultant from our relational perspectives. We are given no choices about the families we are born into. That is not to say that we live with bad people but more that our values and beliefs can differ from theirs and this can cause us to feel confused, angry and as a result, engaging in patterns of behaviour that present as negative during social interaction. Having such experiences with other people leads to persisting difficulties in our lives that affect both our work as well as our home life and most importantly a negative view of ourselves.

My training helps you untangle those feelings and clarify your perceptions, allowing you to prioritise; to connect or even re-connect with the things that really matter to you. This new knowledge about yourself leads to a more free you, allowing you to choose your response to life instead of having to react to incoming issues and situations.

Trust and Empowerment 

My only aim in therapy is to ensure my client is  comfortable and safe . I have worked with people who have had previous negative experiences in therapy and I work to validate your experiences. Feeling safe, will allow you to talk freely and discuss anything and everything without fear of judgement.  At the end of therapy, you may change things in your life that no longer suit you or you may feel that understanding a different perspective has enabled you to embrace your life. Whatever the outcome, you will feel more in tune with yourself, freeing you to choose your next steps.

How I work

There are many different disciplines within Psychotherapy. I am an Integrated Existentialist Psychotherapist. This means that I have a broad experience in different disciplines but focus our relationship within the existentialist philosophy and outcomes. 

Existentialists believe that, as people, we have the right and the opportunity to be comfortable in the world. Comfortable with ourselves, with our intentions and our ability to be whom we wish. It is about finding your way of being rather than just fixing problems. You do not have to worry about understanding exactly how I work rather my advice is that if you feel that I am not listening and responding to you then I am not offering good therapy. 

My time with you will see us working together to allow you to become the person you chose to become. We agree and set goals and we challenge those goals as appropriate, as we grow and develop over time. 

Please email me with what has brought you to therapy and let me know when the best time is for me to call you back.

I will call you back as soon as I can. We will arrange for a complimentary 20 minute telephone call to see if I can help you and whether you feel that working with me is right for you. We can then arrange any next steps.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I am a qualified and registered counsellor and member of the BACP. I abide by their ethical framework and practice inline with their Code of Conduct.

I have trained as an Integrated Counsellor. I integrate existential therapy which considers the need for personal choices with psychodynamic therapy which considers what beliefs and values may underpin our thinking as a result of our childhood experiences.

I have work experience at the Kingston's Women Centre and at Phoenix Counselling in Feltham.

Member organisations

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

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£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

When I work

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Cobham, Surrey, KT11

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

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