Sylvia Friend (MBACP)
I offer you a warm friendly and confidential space where you can talk about what ever is worrying you. My interactive approach is tailored to you and your needs. You are an individual and I will help you to access your own inner process.
We all experience difficult times in our lives, for some it can be an event, a crisis, for others life can feel like an ongoing struggle of hopelessness and holding no meaning.
By identifying reoccurring patterns it will help you gain the clarity necessary to meet lives challenges
I would like to assist you in reaching the understanding and awareness necessary for you to be more at ease in your life and to access your own inner resolve.
For the past 20 years I have been involved in personal development, health and well being. I would like to help you in gaining some insights into what is concerning you and may be preventing you from being 'yourself'. I am interested in supporting you in finding your own answers and to action them.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training began in 1992, I studied various forms of massage including Swedish massage and Tuina. I became increasingly interested in personal development and the mind body connection. This led me to attend many workshops with the late David Grove and Dr.Ernest Rossi.
Later I gained a Certificate in Existential and Person Centred Counselling at East Berkshire College and continued my training with Nicola Richter at the Academy of Spiritual Attitudes and Awareness where I gained a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
In 2005 I set up a private practice as a Solution Focused Therapist in Canary Wharf. I also delivered long term therapy at the Kingston Womens Centre, where are worked with women of all ages presenting various problems including anxiety, depression, relationship problems and eating disorders. I supported the local parish church offering counselling to parishioners.
Since 2000 I have been a student of the Dao Hua Gong School of Qigong with Master Zhixing Wang where I continue to study various forms of meditation for health, well being and spiritual development. My own practise also includes self inquiry. I have travelled many times in China and to many Daoist and Buddhist sacred sites. This experience deepened my understanding of the Qigong practice and ancient culture.
Currently I offer: • face-to-face sessions in a relaxing atmosphere. • Weekends and late evening appointments available • Home visits and Skype by arrangement *parking permit available.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- 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
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
My standard fee is £50 for a 50 minute individual session and £80 for couples. I am always willing to agree a lower fee which reflects a client's financial circumstances.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addiction(s), Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Eating disorders, General counselling, Health related issues, Identity problems, Life Coaching, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal Development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Service Veterans, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of Therapies
Humanistic * Person Centred * Transpersonal * Existential
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Home visits and Skype by arrangement
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon - Fri 10am - 8pm
Types of client