Velma Dennis, MBACP BSc Hons,PGDip
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and coach, I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for you in order to freely explore your situation and understand it better. We can work together to understand your past, see where you want to be in your life and explore the best way of getting there. My passion is helping people fulfil their potential and to help them through the difficult times.
My clinical approach is integrative including psychodynamic, gestalt, CBT, person-centred and solution-focused and as an integrative counsellor, I am able to use various counselling approaches within the integrative counselling framework to help clients to address issues that are holding them back in their life. This approach is client led and focuses on the best way to address the client’s needs.
I am aware of how harmful negative life experiences can be on an individual if left unaddressed and firmly believe that each person has their own solution to their own problem and therapy can enable the client to find their own way forward.
I offer both short term and long term therapy. The sessions will last 50 minutes.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a postgraduate Diploma in integrative Counselling and Coaching which was awarded to me by the University of East London. I have also obtained a BSc Hons in Community Development and Leadership.
I am registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and am guided by their professional code of ethics.
I have past experience working as a manager and current experience working in the community providing emotional support and guidance as a coach for people who suffer from mental health issues. I also work as a IAPT Counsellor with the NHS and am currently offering counselling in my private practice. I feel this gives me the right balance, empathy and experience to assist clients in finding the best solution for solving the problems they face.
My private practice is based in Streatham High Road and is 5 minutes from Streatham train station.
I continue to develop my skills, knowledge and experience through volunteering in schools as a counsellor and community project charity focusing on the elderly. I have regular supervision, peer discussion and CPD workshops and am fully insured and DBS checked.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Each session costs £50 however, I offer reduced concessionary fees for those on a low income and for students. Should you be interested, please contact me to arrange an introductory assessment appointment on 07508447824 or email.