Vanessa Onyuku-Opukiri

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Croydon, CR0
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a friendly, qualified and experienced counsellor offering one to one counselling for adults in Croydon. I have a real passion for people and a genuine interest in what makes us tick. I have over 15 years experience in helping people with a whole variety of issues, including:

  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anger issues
  • Bereavement
  • Culture and identity issues
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Family relationships
  • Living with illness and chronic pain
  • Childhood abuse and neglect

Counselling can be helpful for all kinds of issues – please feel free to get in touch for an informal chat.

Training, qualifications & experience

I worked as a counsellor in a corporate workplace environment for over 10 years, as well as volunteering for a local community based counselling service. I am also a qualified Clinical Supervisor. In addition to my private practice, I currently work as an Educational Programme Manager for a local counselling school, creating and running counselling training courses and continuous professional development courses for trainee and qualified counsellors.

I have a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Counselling and I’m a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the professional governing body for counsellors. I conduct my work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. You can find out more about the BACP by clicking here.

I have also undergone additional training in:

  • Counselling Supervision
  • Counselling for bereavement
  • Brief solution focussed therapy
  • CBT for depression and anxiety
  • Domestic violence awareness
  • Adult and child safeguarding

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a 50 minute trial session at £60.

Ongoing therapy is £60 for a 50 minute session.

Concessions are available for trainee counsellors and the unemployed.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Daytimes and evenings.

Further information

My main counselling approach is integrative.

Working in an integrative way means that I can tailor my approach and use whatever methods are best for the individual.

Once we decide to work together, we can agree an approach which is best for you. I believe that given a non-judgemental space, time and some gentle encouragement, we can work together to get to the root of your problems. I believe that you hold the key to living your best life and it’s my job as a counsellor to help you unlock your positive potential.

The relationship between you and your counsellor is very important – so it’s vital that you choose a counsellor that you connect with and feel comfortable with. Please get in touch for an informal chat about how I might be able to help you.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

Looking for supervision? I am a qualified integrative supervisor, providing supportive supervision for both qualified and trainee counsellors.

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Vanessa Onyuku-Opukiri
Vanessa Onyuku-Opukiri