Vanessa Onyuku-Opukiri MSc MBACP

Vanessa Onyuku-Opukiri  MSc MBACP

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

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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.

Maps & Directions

Croydon, CR0

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytime, evening and weekends.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme