Stephanie Bushell MSc MBACP (Snr Accred)
I am a BACP Senior Accredited integrative counsellor who combines a robust theoretical training with warmth, kindness and insight. I work with both individuals and couples of all sexualities.
I value the importance of being clear, honest and human as a therapist. I don't believe that therapy should feel intimidating or mysterious. I'm always happy to explain things if you feel confused and I encourage clients to be open about what they need from me.
I see therapy as a collaborative process - you invite me to help you (as an individual or couple) to make sense of things. Through careful listening, genuine empathy and creative thinking, there is potential for us to come up with new insights together. Counselling is not about an expert offering generic solutions. It's about working together to see yourselves more clearly.
How I Work
Counselling is about entering into a safe relationship with a non-judgemental person where you can be honest and vulnerable about who you really are and explore the aspects of your life that feel as if they're blocking you from reaching your full potential. It's you that sets the pace and it's you that chooses what you're ready to share and explore.
I am trained integratively which means that I have expertise in more than one counselling theory, which I then integrate to provide a flexible and tailored approach. Being competent in several different approaches allows me to work with the most diverse range of people and problems. No two people that come to see me for help will ever be alike, so it's important to be able to think openly and flexibly about the best way to work with someone.
My original integrative training was based on three core theories:
Psychodynamic: This approach is led by the idea that our pasts have an impact on our present situations - understanding and healing our past can help us to break patterns that we may feel trapped in without understanding why, and to help us to have greater compassion on ourselves. This can be particularly useful within couple relationships where the same patterns can repeat endlessly without real understanding. The psychodynamic approach also focuses on unconscious processes. This means that we are often driven by things that we're not yet aware of. Once we do become more aware of them through therapy, we become more empowered to make different choices in our lives. The stuckness we have felt can finally be shifted.
Person-Centered: This is led by a philosophy that we all have within us the capacity to grow and reach our potential, but that life circumstances can get in the way of that. Person-centered counselling offers the foundational principles of real empathy, unconditional and non-judgemental care, and a down-to-earth realness that makes counselling feel safe, natural and open.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: This is an approach that tackles the unhelpful thoughts that lead to distressing feelings that in turn lead to unwanted behaviours. This can be a useful way of thinking, but please note that I no longer work in this way, except when working purely with phobias. If CBT is what you are looking for, another therapist specialising in this approach would be a better fit for you.
My usual approach is traditional 'talking therapy' but I am also open to using the arts and creative methods to express things that are hard to put into words (if that is something that you as the client are comfortable with).
How Counselling can Help You
I believe in counselling as a way of getting to the heart of what drives a person or a couple to do and feel the things that they do, and to unlock new and healthier ways of living. The applications of it are endless and the potential for positive change is enormous.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc (Merit) in Therapeutic Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Eating Disorders & Obesity
Certificate in Gambling Addiction
Certificate in Using Video Conferencing to Conduct Online Therapy
Certificate in Online Counselling Skills
Diploma in Integrative Supervision
I have completed Continuing Professional Development courses in the following: Couple Psychotherapy, Psychosexual Therapy; Psychoanalytic Thought; Sexuality & Shame; Domestic Violence; Systemic Family Therapy; Using Creative Arts in Therapy; Sand Tray Therapy; Guided Visualisation; Equality & Diversity; CBT & Integration; CBT & Mindfulness; Attachment Disorders; Attachment Neuroscience; Working with the Shadow Self; Loss & Bereavement; Working with Anger; and Play Therapy.
As well as my private practice I have also worked as a counsellor in a higher education setting; in a bereavement charity; offering crisis counselling for addiction; working with primary aged children and offering counselling for people living with a serious illness.
I am currently also a lecturer on a counselling degree in a London university, teaching various aspects of integrative counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Face to face fees are £57 for individuals and £67 for couples. Sessions are 50 minutes long. Assessment sessions are charged at the same rate.
I also offer online webcam counselling at the same rates.
Telephone and Live Chat sessions are charged at £52 per session.
Email counselling is charged at £47 per therapeutic email reply. Please see my website for more details: www.compassion-counsellig.com
My practice is about 10 minutes walk from either Peckham Rye or Queens Road Peckham stations. It is directly opposite the bus station so there are buses stopping there from all over London.
On street parking outside is metered but there is free parking a couple of streets away.
The room is on the fourth floor but there is a lift so it is suitable for wheelchair access.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I see clients from a 4th floor flat that is accessed by a lift. If you are a wheelchair user, please let me know the width of your chair so I can double-check that the hallway will accommodate you comfortably.
I am currently on leave until 02/09/19 and will not be monitoring messages until then. After this I'm available between 9 and 5 on week days, with some evening availability for couples only.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I am an Integrative Counsellor and Supervisor.