Simon Wilson Stephens, MBACP registered counsellor.
I now offer face-to-face counselling in a COVID-safe space with careful 2 metre distance. Online & telephone sessions also available.
I am a fully qualified BACP registered counsellor here to support and help you through the emotional difficulties you might be experiencing.
Life often throws challenges at us which can be hard to cope with. Maybe you’d like greater self-confidence, are feeling stressed with work or have communication issues in your relationships. It could be you’ve lived through a traumatic experience or struggle with alcohol or drugs. The Coronavirus pandemic might have left you feeling stuck, looking for a change in life direction but not sure how to do it?
Whatever it is I’m curious to explore with you what is going on and to discover a new way forward that works for you.
Therapy might sound challenging to begin but I’ve worked with many people who have gained a lot from it. Talking with someone who is non judgemental and trained to listen carefully to what you need, can help you to feel better, make decisions about changes that are possible and clear a path to a more peaceful and fulfilling future.
As an experienced counsellor I will take you through a therapeutic process where you are guided to connect more deeply to yourself, identify your goals and dreams as well as areas where you might be struggling, so that you can be your true self and fulfil your highest potential.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers but my work as a therapist is based on the belief that positive change is possible when we connect through relationship and have the right support in place.
If you are keen to get started and would like to know more about how I work, get in touch for your free 20-minute telephone consultation. We will have a chat during which it’s a chance for you to tell me a bit of your story and I can answer any questions you may have. You can then decide if my approach is right for you. Alternatively If you’d like to go ahead and book an initial online 50-minute consultation get in touch by making an appointment (see below) or send me an email or text.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a therapist with a Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Metanoia Institute, London. I have also completed the Foundation Course in Group Analysis from the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) and the Mental Health First Aid Training course from MHFA.
My clients come from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. As well as working in private practice, I have worked as a counsellor attached to the Psychology and Wellbeing service for a large NHS GP practice in London, for a low-cost charitable counselling and psychotherapy service and as a counsellor for teachers working in a busy London school.
In addition, I have worked in a London addiction treatment clinic using the 12 Step Treatment Programme to address clients’ addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sex, and other related issues.
Before training to be a psychotherapist, I lived abroad for many years working in eco-tourism, and prior to that in the financial services sector in London.
I am increasingly curious about the relationship between humans and the natural world and the emerging practice of ‘eco-therapy’ – improving mental and physical wellbeing through a connection with nature and our ecological environment.
- Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling - Metanoia Institute.
- Foundation Course in Group Analysis - Institute of Group Analysis
- Mental Health First Aid Certificate - MHFA England
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Standard Sessions (50 minutes): £75.
Concessionary Rates: I have a limited number of spaces on a reduced rate if you are on a lower income. Please enquire about this during the initial session.