Simon Wilson Stephens, Dip Couns, MBACP
I believe we all have the potential to live rich and meaningful lives
But as you know, it’s complicated. Life is unpredictable. We come up against challenges we feel too great to deal with by ourselves. Or we get stuck in thought patterns which influence our emotional responses and behaviour, blocking our natural ability to move forward.
What follows are problems reflecting our individual personalities and circumstances – anxiety, depression, work stress, relationship difficulties, confidence and self-esteem issues, addiction, trauma, chronic illness, life transitions, loss and grief.
Therapy, also called counselling, provides powerful tools to explore, address and eventually overcome these issues.
At the heart of my work lies a holistic, collaborative partnership with my clients where we work together towards authentic change.
I use a Humanistic counselling approach, including Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis and the Person Centred Approach. The focus is on one-to-one sessions with individual adults in short-term counselling (six to twelve sessions) or on a long-term, open-ended psychotherapy basis.
Through a moderated process of reflection, ‘talking therapy’ aims to uncover alternative ways to heal naturally and reconnect to our innate strengths and skills to live fulfilled lives.
A safe and relaxed environment is key. Together we build trust and establish clear and achievable goals to work towards. My approach is warm and non-judgmental, enabling us to discuss both short-term problems, crisis situations, as well as long-term underlying issues.
Working through this therapeutic process at a pace that suits you, it is possible to redefine relationships with our own history, change our life patterns and move forward in a more meaningful and enriching way.
It requires courage to take the first steps to find the right counsellor. Call or email me to arrange an initial meeting.
Training, qualifications & experience
I’m interested in people – what we think and feel, and how we behave and interact with each other.
I hold a Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Metanoia Institute, London and continue to work towards a Masters in Humanistic Psychotherapy. I have also completed the Foundation Course in Group Analysis from the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA), the Mental Health First Aid Training course from MHFA and hold an up-to-date DBS certificate.
My clients come from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. In the past, I have provided low-cost charitable counselling and psychotherapy services, a counselling service for teachers working in a school, and worked as a Counsellor attached to the Psychology and Wellbeing service for a large NHS GP practice in London.
In addition, I have used the ‘12 Step Programme’ in an addiction treatment clinic to address clients’ addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, food and eating disorders, 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.
- MSc in Humanistic Psychotherapy (CPD) - Metanoia Institute
- Foundation Course in Group Analysis - Institute of Group Analysis
- Mental Health First Aid Certificate - MHFA England
Areas of counselling I deal with
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Standard Sessions (50 minutes): £70
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.
Types of client