If you, or someone you know, needs help with anxiety and stress, feeling stuck, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, family problems, career crisis or bereavement, I can help.
My name is Simon and I am a BACP registered integrative psychotherapist. I work with individual clients online (and in person when government restrictions permit), both short and long term.
I work with people from all backgrounds and I specialise in working with young and middle aged men.
How I work
As an 'integrative' therapist I am skilled in several areas of psychotherapy and can adapt my approach to best meet your needs.
I encourage you to lead the sessions as much as possible talking about what you feel is most important. I am also comfortable, if it is helpful to you, to direct the work a little more in the early sessions.
I work relationally which means that I believe in order to achieve lasting benefits focus must also be targeted to what happens in the room between therapist and client, in addition to past events and current struggles.
Our first session together will typically involve exploring what has brought you to therapy and a little background on what therapy usually involves. We can also discuss how to get the most out of the time together.
How therapy works
Over time in a supportive environment you can face and discuss difficult experiences and emotions to help address your current challenges.
You can gain a better understanding of what you want and what you need, why you act in ways that hold you back and why you might be overwhelmed by certain feelings.
This can help you to develop a broader range of skills for dealing with your problems and a greater level of self-acceptance and compassion.
Choosing a therapist
Finding the right therapist can be tricky, not to mention expensive if you end up shopping around. But it is important. Research shows that finding someone you feel at ease with, who you get the sense of being able to trust and build a relationship with over time, gives better results.
With that in mind I suggest that at first we meet for an introductory session and should you wish to continue I usually suggest a further 6 sessions at the end of which we would have a review. For some people this will be enough, others may wish to continue.
Training, qualifications & experience
PGDip (3 year Postgraduate Diploma) in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling at the Metanoia Institute in London, validated by the University of Middlesex and accredited by BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I adhere to their Ethical Framework.
I regularly engage in courses as part of my annual CPD requirements.
I have experience of working with a wide range of clients in private practice and institutional settings on issues including depression, low self-esteem, life crisis and change, gender and sexuality issues, bereavement and loss, self-harm, relationship and family problems.
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
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
I charge £40 for the initial session.
Further appointments are charged at £75
Regular appointments are weekly and 50 minutes long.
Concessions offered for
In solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and in recognition of the low number of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) clients in personal private therapy, I am introducing a reduced rate slot for a low-income BAME client. Please contact me for further details.