Stephen Hanscomb MA, AdipPsych, UKCP, MBACP, COSRT, ATSAC
I provide an Integrative approach to psychotherapy, working on a one-to-one basis, relationally with my clients, creating a safe, non-judgemental and supportive environment.
I believe in relating to my clients in such a way that enables me to fully understand their perspective on the key issues affecting their lives. As this maybe the first time you have ever spoken about difficult aspects of your life, I always work with respect and at your pace, this creates the trust between us which is essential if we are to work effectively together, as challenges present themselves.
We live in pressurised world, where everything from our personal relationships, family and work can affect our well-being in all manner of ways, sometimes we just need time to think and express our thoughts and feelings to someone who can listen and accompany us on our journey.
I work with people of all ages and backgrounds, some with complex abusive histories, or those who have suffered school or work place bullying, or post traumatic stress, to family provoked anxiety leading to issues around self esteem, confidence and addictive behaviours, incl. Chemsex, drugs, alcohol, sex or gambling which are often seen as escape routes. I can help you look at all aspects of life that affect how you see yourself and your place in the world.
My approach is to integrate a Humanistic, Person Centred, Relational approach, with Psychodynamic and Phenomenological theory to fully relate to my client. Experientially, I have found Mindfulness and Focusing to be of great value, both personally and in my client work.
I work from my office in Belsize Park NW3 (easily accessible from Swiss Cottage - Jubilee, Belsize Park - Northern and Finchley Road - Metropolitan/Jubilee).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully qualified with an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, both from Regent's University London.
I am registered with UKCP and MBACP and adhere to their ethical guide lines.
I completed an honorary placement at The South London and Maudsley NHS Foudation Trust (SLaM). Here I worked with patients suffering from severe mental health issues and often in psychosis including; schizophrenia, personality disorders, paranoia, self harming, suicidal ideation.
I have many years experience working with LGBT people from within the community, as a mentor, telephone crisis support worker and psychotherapist/counsellor;
Sexual health charity Metro Centre (Greenwich) - working with all aspects of LGBT mental health across a wide cross section of age groups and society:
1. Mentor program for 18-50yr old gay men who were HIV negative but repeatedly practiced unprotected sex. This was a CBT style 9 week program on a one-to-one basis.
2. Psychotherapist/Counsellor for 25yrs plus age group covering all aspects of mental health incl. HIV/AIDS, sexual health, sexuality, addiction (chemsex, alcohol, drugs, gambling), depression, bereavement, family related stress and anxiety, relationship issues, Trans and Gender Identity issues and spirituality.
Youth homelessness at The Albert Kennedy Trust, this mentor role involved working with young people 16-24yrs old. Safety, loneliness and vulnerability were key issues I helped the young people deal with, as well as, coming to terms with their sexuality, sexual health (HIV/AIDS, STI's), learning how to stay mentally and physically healthy as well as trying to deal with isolation and rejection.
Male sexual abuse/rape at Survivors UK. My work has encompassed working with men of all ages, across a wide socio-demographic, in areas including; family issues and relationships, depression, anxiety, stress, suicidal ideation, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, addiction (drugs, sex, alcohol, chemsex, gambling).
I have a special interest in working with addiction, particularly Chemsex related issues, as well as, sexual abuse/rape, leading to shame and loss of identity.
I also integrate experiential aspects of Mindfulness, Meditation and Focusing into my work, particularly where anxiety is an issue.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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I charge £60.00 for a 50 minute session. However, I do negotiate rates depending on income.
Our initial session is free of charge, with no obligation, as it provides us with an opportunity to get to know one another and to decide if we wish to work together.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am to 8pm.
Types of client