I am an experienced counsellor based in the centre of Balham, working with clients with a wide range of presenting issues. Deciding to start counselling can be daunting, so my work is to create a safe emotional space in which you can feel secure, supported and understood. As an integrative counsellor, for me there is no 'one size fits all' approach to counselling, and although the basis of my practice is person-centred, I also draw upon my knowledge of a range of counselling models - CBT, Gestalt, psychodynamic, mindfulness, transactional analysis - to tailor my counselling approach to your particular needs and circumstances.
Whether you need short-term support through a crisis or longer-term therapy to deal with a deep-seated issue, I am here to take that journey by your side.
Together we can explore the messages you have learned about yourself from your life experiences and examine which are helpful and which are now standing in your way. From this you can move into a deeper understanding of who you are, why you are who you are, and who you can become.
The majority of my work is done on an open-ended basis. However it is always your decision how many sessions you choose to have, and this is something that we can discuss during your first session and review during the course of your counselling.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and take place weekly, although I occasionally have availability for fortnightly sessions. I can see you either during the day or in the evening.
"Siobhan is a very kind therapist; she gave me space to explore my own thoughts under no pressure yet wasn’t afraid to challenge me when I was stuck down a rabbit hole or repeating habitual behaviours. She is also insightful; able to make connections between current issues and past experiences, pointing out patterns that would have been impossible for me to see alone. My work with Siobhan has given me a better understanding of who I am today, and the courage to try and change some of my self-sabotaging behaviours.” - testimonial by AC
'The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Member MBACP
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, 2013
Counsellor at Wimbledon Guild Counselling Service 2011-17
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Daytime and evening appointments available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Mondays - evening appointments only. Close to Balham tube / Balham High Road.