Steve Banfield, BSc Psych., Dip.Counselling., MSc Integ.Psychotherapy
Making the decision to come to therapy can be difficult. My approach is to establish a trusting relationship within which we can explore the issues that brought you to that decision to seek help. I work supportively, with some challenge, so that we can re-examine and change your ways of living when these are not working for you.
I am a qualified BACP-registered counsellor and UKCP-accredited psychotherapist with seven years’ public and private sector experience, which includes long- and short-term work. I hold a first class degree in psychology, a diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. In addition to private practice, I have also worked in NHS and charity settings such as Samaritans, Cruse and Mind.
My integrative training includes CBT, Psychodynamic and Relational approaches, which means I can work with you to change unhelpful ways of behaving and thinking, as well as exploring deeper-seated emotional issues and problematic patterns of relating originating in your childhood.
Areas in which I have had working experience include: depression, anxiety, OCD, self-harm, suicidality, low self-esteem, the effects of trauma, 'borderline' (emotionally unstable) personality disorder, and bereavement and loss.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Metanoia Institute, Ealing (2011-17) Middlesex University-accredited MSc/Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy + Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (2011-15).
- Counselling skills training at Concern, a WPF affiliate, in Ipswich (2009-11).
- Cruse bereavement counsellor training, Norfolk (2010).
- Samaritans training, Norwich (2009-10).
- Open University BSc, distance learning (2004-9).
- Metanoia/Middlesex University MSc/Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, 2017.
- Metanoia Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling, 2015.
- Wpf Diploma in Counselling Skills, 2011.
- Wpf Certificate in Counselling Skills, 2010.
- BSc in Psychology, Open University, 2009.
- Private practice from home, 2015-present.
- Psychotherapy placement at Oxleas NHS, Woolwich, 2016-present.
- Counselling placement, Awareness Centre, Clapham/Stockwell NHS, 2013-15.
- Counselling placement, Metanoia Counselling Services, 2012-13.
- Bereavement counsellor, Cruse, Norfolk, 2011-12.
- Samaritans telephone befriending volunteer, Norwich, 2010-11.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Borderline personality disorder
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£50 per hour
I was formerly an EFL teacher and teacher trainer with a teaching diploma and Master's degree in applied linguistics. I worked in both the UK and overseas. I wrote and directed tailor-made courses, as well as tutoring on internationally recognised Cambridge certificate (CELTA) and diploma (DELTA) courses. I taught and trained people of various nationalities and cultural backgrounds. I am an IELTS examiner. I speak French and German.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||French, German.|
I'm available on work days (Monday-Friday). Time negotiable.
Types of client