South West London Postnatal Counselling Service
The South West London Postnatal Counselling Service provides counselling and psychotherapy to parents, from pregnancy through to all stages of parenthood. We support parents with children of all ages and stages.
The Service has a network of psychodynamic psychotherapists, each with indepth training and experience in this area.
As a Service, we recognise that becoming a parent is a major transition and can evoke a turbulent mixture of feelings. Even when things go well, it takes time to adjust to the way that life changes. As something is gained, many other things have to be given up. Babies and young children demand all of your attention and this can be difficult and intense, in addition to being very rewarding. You might not feel the way that you expected to feel. Your relationship with your yourself and with your partner may undergo a dramatic shift.
In addition we also provide support to women experiencing:
* Postnatal depression or anxiety
* Birth trauma or fear of birth
* Parenting Difficulties
* Relationship Difficulties
* Difficulties with bonding or attachment
We don't give practical advice, instead provide an emotionally safe place to explore and make sense of what is difficult and to empower each mother, or their partner to think more clearly about what is occurring and to find your own constructive solutions to the difficulties you face.
You are welcome to bring your baby to the session, as we are aware that it can be difficult to find childcare for a young baby. Sometimes the challenges may occur when your children are older and we provide support to parents of children of any age.
Training, qualifications & experience
We have consulting rooms in:
Kingston Upon Thames (Fife Road)
We have a network of experienced psychodynamic psychotherapists, each with an in-depth knowledge of infant development and attachment also also trauma.
Sarah Weir: Senior Accredited BACP Psychotherapist
Member organisations *
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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 we deal with
Fee per session: £55-£65
During the COVID-19 Situation we recognise that families are under great pressure than ever before which might increase the need for emotional and psychological support, but for so many people their income has been cut or reduced. We are willing to negotiate concessions for those on a reduced income over this period.
We offer an initial consultation session to anyone interested in discussing whether psychotherapy has the potential to be helpful. This is an opportunity to talk through the situation and assess what you need. We recognise that coming for counselling can feel daunting initially and do our best to support you and talk you through how the initial session will work.