Steve Wasserman MA (Cantab), MA Integ. Psych., MBACP, ISST (Accred)
111 Ruskin Gardens
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to look at my page.
I'm expecting that you're here because you're struggling at the moment, or have been for a while. It might be something you can characterize in some way such as "I'm unhappy at work or with my love life", or "I'm depressed/anxious". But maybe you're not entirely sure what the problem is, you just know that you feel lousy. I'd really like to help you with whatever it is you're facing at the moment.
I also have a series of FAQs which address the most pressing questions you might face when looking for a therapist such as: What kind of therapy should I go for? How much therapy will I need? What happens in the initial consultation session, fees, appointment times, and confidentiality. You can find this Getting Started page here.
Your background and life situation are unique, and for this reason you will need a tailored, integrative approach structured around your personality and individual requirements. We can do this, helping to give you a better understanding of yourself, as well as new skills to lead a more fulfilling life.
I have over a decade's worth of experience as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, both in the NHS and privately, assisting clients with an extensive range of personal issues. I am a registered and accredited member of two professional bodies, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the International Society of Schema Therapists (ISST), and follow their code of ethics and professional practice guidelines.
If you’d like to arrange an initial consultation session to talk more about whatever it is you’re going through, we can organise that via email or telephone (07804197605). Also please feel free to drop me a line or phone if you have any other questions regarding the therapy I offer.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I was born and received my primary education in South Africa, emigrating to the UK in 1986 at the age of 15. I also worked abroad for a number of years in Italy after which I settled down in London to pursue a career as a teacher and University Lecturer before retraining to become a psychotherapist in my early 30s.
These experiences and others have been useful in giving me an understanding of some of the issues we face when we experience some kind of radical displacement in our lives, be it geographical, emotional, or circumstantial. I believe it's also very important to be sensitive and open to questions of diversity and "feelings of otherness" whether stemming from age, ethnicity, gender, race, socio-economic status or sexual orientation.
I am also very interested in how we use creative as well as other contemplative practices to find flow, meaning and solace in our lives. Painting and drawing, music-making, podcasting, meditation, walking, writing, learning poems by heart, hiking and gardening are all important practices for me and contribute a great deal to my well-being and mental health.
TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
Healing the Heart of Complex Trauma with EMDR & Ego State Therapy - 2017
EMDR: Principles, Procedures & Protocols - 2016
IFS Foundational Training - 2015
Schema Therapy Training and ISST Accreditation - 2013/2014
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - 2012
Professional Certificate in MBCT/MBSR for groups & individuals - 2010
General Practice Counsellor (5 years) - 2008/2013
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy - 2008
Addictions counselling training & 3 years volunteering experience - 2007
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB) - 2005
Samaritans Volunteer training & 10 years experience - 1995
BA/MA in English Literature - 1991
Please feel free to get in touch either by email or telephone (07804197605) if you would like to find out anything else about me or the kind of therapy I offer.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
EMDR, Schema Therapy for Trauma
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Existential therapy
Daytime and evening appointments: £50 (some concessionary rates available for daytime appointments)
All sessions are 50 minutes long.
Email me here to arrange a consultation.
TESTIMONIALS [pseudonyms used*]
"I realised I never really got around to thanking you or saying a proper goodbye after our last session.
You might be interested to know that I am doing very well these days. I changed jobs in July and am so much happier in my new job....The big news though is that we are expecting our first baby (a boy) in Feb! I have been assigned a midwife who specialises in mental health am still taking a low dosage of citalopram but so far so good and feeling excited!...
Thanks for being a great therapist! You really were the best I've had."
Tiya, Data Analyst (30) [Christmas Card, 2017]
"Steve, here's a little text for your to stick on your website/wherever. I really appreciate everything. The sun is shining all around me today!
As a young male I found it difficult to admit to myself that I suffered from depression. I'd often tell myself to 'man-up' or to just have a few beers and get on with it. Eventually I sought professional help and realised that finding the right psychotherapist was difficult, but soon enough I met Steve and very quickly felt that I had nothing to be ashamed of. I became more at ease with my emotions and began to understand the effect it has on me.
Despite my wanting to pay for multiple sessions every week, Steve suggested that in my condition, I would benefit most from just one session per week. He was absolutely right. He introduced me to some simple but effective mindfulness techniques and also suggested little things that I can do to find a happier sense of being on a day-to-day basis. I'd gone from fighting my emotions to embracing and nourishing them.
I'm now in a happier place and will be using a couple of Steve's beautifully simple techniques to ease my way through the negative moments in my life. I know I will want Steve's support on-and-off for many years, but thanks to him, I know I am able to face my daily mental challenges alone.
Thanks for everything!"
Sahan, Technology Consultant [email, 2017]
“It was very difficult for me to find a therapist that I could get on with and talk to easily. After trying 3/4 different people, I was extremely lucky to meet Steve. He has a warm approach, with a lot of 'no nonsense' sensibility thrown in and this works very well for me. I would recommend him to anyone looking for help.”
Rishal, Solicitor (34) [email, 2017]
“I began seeing Steve when I was at a very low ebb, and have been with him for two years now. A lot of things have changed for me, and I have him to thank for listening and giving me sound advice.”
Uma, Graphic Designer (29) [email, 2017]
“The thing about Steve is that he really cares about you but also has a brilliant mind which I find a privilege to access. His approach and methods are wonderfully creative and if you add to that his humanity, you've got yourself a rather special therapist.”
Mimi, Artist (50) [email, 2017]
“As soon as I met Steve and started talking to him, I felt at ease and comfortable. I had never had any therapy before, and was extremely anxious. But he immediately made me feel he was listening and understood me. He gives me time to think about what I want to say, and even if I repeat myself over and over again- which I do - he is patient and asks very pertinent questions. It has been a life -changing opportunity to me to have therapy with Steve, and helped me immeasurably.”
Lucy, Full Time Mum (32) [email, 2017]
“Steve is a compassionate therapist, who always listens and encourages me to think deeply about what I am saying. He is very patient and always makes me feel that my problems aren't stupid or even ridiculous. In the last year since I started therapy with him, many things have changed in my life and I owe this all to Steve's help.”
Chirag, Community Fundraiser (45) [email, 2016]
"I have found Steve to be a very insightful and skilled therapist. He has the ability to help me understand myself better and also provides practical solutions to help me address my issues. I have had individual and group therapy on and off for more than 20 years and Steve is up there with the best. I recommend him unreservedly."
George, Probationary Services Manager (62) [email, 2016]
"Steve's sharp intellect, knowledge, humility along with a non judgemental approach and sensitive understanding of the human condition and it's complexities has helped me enormously through the years. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
Beatrice, Musicologist (72) [email, 2016]
[*Clients were all asked when giving testimonials to supply a pseudonym in order to protect their confidentiality.]
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer afternoon and evening sessions Monday to Friday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|