Dr Stuart Baker
I practice as a Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Mindfulness teacher, working with adults, individually or in groups. I work from an integrative perspective using a range of therapies tailored to best meet the needs of each individual client.
Therapy is a journey of self-discovery that we engage in together.
I will support you to reflect and understand yourself better, both to increase your well-being and to find more helpful ways of dealing with life’s challenges. My clients come to me because they want to talk, in a confidential, welcoming and safe environment, to an experienced and qualified professional.
Whether you are experiencing a crisis or wanting to explore how to live a more fulfilling life, I understand that it can be really very difficult to talk therefore you can expect me to listen carefully with warmth and empathy.
At the core of my therapeutic work is establishing a therapeutic relationship.
I offer a warm and secure space in comfortable surroundings where your concerns, feelings and thoughts can be brought, listened to and explored to help you find what you need. I work collaboratively using an adaptable, holistic and flexible approach, listening carefully to understand what each individual needs. Above all I work relationally so that together we can work towards you having a better understanding of yourself, develop increased well-being and resilience.
Arranging a first appointment.
This is a significant step that may follow a long process of search and contemplation, or after reaching a point of crisis in your life, perhaps feeling an urgent need for support, to offload and to be heard and understood.
The first session will provide you the opportunity to discuss your difficulties and areas of concern, ask questions and find out more information about the way we can work together. Therapy is available online (through FaceTime, Zoom etc).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am registered as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and as an Integrative Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP).
I have several years experience working as a therapist, coach and mindfulness trainer across a wide range of clients, both in short term and longer term contexts, including NHS primary care, the voluntary sector, organisations and private practice. I currently offer CBT, EMDR trauma therapy, psychodynamic and mindfulness therapy (MBCT, MBSR & Breathworks).
Core Psychological Training:
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy
- PG Diploma in CBT
- BSc. Psychology
- Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- EMDR trauma training
- Transpersonal Psychology
- Mindfulness teacher development training (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) at the Centre for Mindfulness, Bangor University
Prior to becoming a psychologist I qualified as an economist and later took an Executive MBA and spent 20 years working in large corporates across a wide range of senior management roles.
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.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Developing self-awareness
- Personal growth
- Finding meaning & direction in life
- Work and career issues
- Anger management
- Managing difficult emotions
- Pain management
- Trauma / PTSD
I have a particular interest in mindfulness meditation, which I researched as part of my Psychology Doctorate. I incorporate mindfulness in working with individual clients and teach Mindfulness Based Stress reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses.
I offer a range of mindfulness courses in London which can complement counselling and therapy. Mindfulness is an evidence based approach for dealing effectively with stress, anxiety and depression - as well as being a great means of developing self-awareness and facilitating personal development and growth. For further details please visit my website.
Fees depend on the session plan we agree, time of day, session frequency and duration - these range from £95-£125.
“I am optimistic that personal change is possible and usually occurs through changing our relation to others and our-selves. Sometimes the best way to change is to really understand where we are in the here and now and be curious about this before real change can occur.”