Steve Silverton MA, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
I have been a UKCP registered psychotherapist since 2003. I work with all kinds of people bringing all kinds of life issues, including:
- relationship issues
And lots of people whose issues do not fit into a neatly labelled box...
Therapy is for growth and development as well as overcoming problems. In fact, growing into a fuller expression of our potential is the way to overcome them.
I’m working by Skype/ Zoom, in Stoke Newington, London N16, and at the Bloomsbury Therapy Centre (see http://www.therapylondon.co.uk/) in Holborn.
I am registered with BUPA, Axa and Aviva.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy and Post-Qualification Certificates in Art Therapy and Writing For Therapeutic Purposes. I have also trained in Focusing.
I have mainly worked in private practice, seeing clients 1:1. I also supervise both trainee and qualified psychotherapists, and counsellors at Mind.
- Integrative psychotherapy and counselling.
As part of this, I work with:
- Focusing to help the process (see below)
- we can also use artwork and/ or Writing For Therapeutic Purposes
I aim to attune to the person in front of me rather than applying techniques or a pre-existing programme. So I’ll listen carefully to your unique life situation and work with you to find a path forward.
Sessions include both experiential awareness (mindfulness) and cognitive understanding.
Mindfulness can be described as experiential, embodied awareness in the here and now. This is combined with an understanding of how past patterning can shape our current experience and create a sense of identity which is out-dated. Past patterning can also limit us to a set of story-lines about ourselves and the world which feel true but which are more like a remnant of that past conditioning.
Mindfulness can lead to:
- Accepting and befriending ourselves and our experience - even when painful
- Being more at ease and less at the mercy of an 'inner critic'
- insights that free us up to live more creatively
- more freedom from past conditioning
This kind of therapy helps us to sense and language our inner life now, so that we can move towards ways of being and relating that are right for us now.
As well as mindfulness, there are other strategies and and resources to help us do this.
One of these is a practice called Focusing.
- Focusing helps us to listen more deeply to our ‘felt sense’, to what is implicit or emerging but not yet fully articulated. Like a camera lens focusing a fuzzy image, this can bring clarity and new perspective. This can be really helpful when dealing with stuck problems and dilemmas, opening up new paths forward. It’s also a useful, even vital, skill in all areas of life!
Another is Writing for Therapeutic Purposes.
- writing for well-being can be a great support and adjunct to therapy.
- research suggests that reflective writing helps us process and clarify things for ourselves, both within and outside of therapy
To work on the deeper roots of distress and also to open to unknown potentials it is vital that first of all we feel safe and resourced enough - especially in these turbulent times. So the initial focus of therapy work is usually about stabilisation, and building resources that support you. This will usually be the primary focus of short term work. Longer term work may potentially be more transformative, at a deeper level.
We will discuss what is right for you in the initial assessment session. Work can be for a set number of sessions or it can be open-ended, continuing as long as you feel it is fruitful, creative and supportive.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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 I deal with
£60.00 per session
Please call me if you are interested and we can arrange an initial consultation. I work both in Hackney, North London, and at the Bloomsbury Therapy Centre (BTC), in Central London (Holborn) Fees range from £60 for daytime sessions.
I work by Skype/ Zoom as well as in-person.