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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 12 years experience in helping people with a whole variety of issues, including:

  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anger issues
  • Bereavement
  • 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. In addition to my private practice, I currently work as a counsellor and Clinical Team Leader for a local counselling charity and as a counsellor under Croydon’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.

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 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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


I offer a free, half hour initial consultation. This can be done face to face or over the telephone.

A counselling session lasts for 50 minutes and cost £50.

Concessions are available dependent on personal circumstances.

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
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Daytime, evening and weekends.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Vanessa Onyuku-Opukiri  MSc MBACP

Vanessa Onyuku-Opukiri MSc MBACP