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About me


My name is Virginia and I am based in Sydenham, South East London. I have been seeing clients locally for a number of years, however at the moment, due to the current situation, I am using phone and video for sessions which continues to work well.

2020 was certainly a very challenging year for many of us. Perhaps one of the hardest things to deal with has been not knowing how things will work out and how long this different way of being will last.

Living in this more challenging environment might have made you feel sad or depressed, or brought up other anxieties for you. Feeling lonely and cut off has possibly been something that has had an effect. At the moment, maybe it just feels as though life hasn't worked out the way you had imagined or maybe there has been a difficult event in your life which you would like to talk about?

Sometimes everything on the outside of our lives appears successful and happy but behind closed doors it feels confused, difficult and anxiety provoking. Whatever your reason for seeking a place to talk, I would be pleased to listen.

I am approachable and collaborative and can offer a space to talk in a completely safe and confidential manner, helping you to think and explore your worries.

Therapy offers valuable time to focus on yourself and the opportunity to be actively listened to in a non judgemental and safe place.

Please call me to discuss things further.

Tel: 020 3637 7505


Training, qualifications & experience

Having undertaken 5 years of training at WPF Therapy, London Bridge, I qualified with a  Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice, validated by the University of Roehampton. I also gained a Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills.

I work in private practice in Sydenham, South East London, helping clients with many different issues in their lives. I am available at the moment, for on line and telephone consultations.

I have worked with a wide range of concerns including general anxiety disorder, feeling sad, relationship issues, panic, depression, family concerns, pre and post natal worries, birth trauma and separation and divorce.

I am an accredited member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and the FPC (Foundation for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and subscribe to their code of ethics.

I regularly attend CPD (Continual Professional Development) courses and receive regular clinical supervision. I have full cover professional indemnity insurance.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have worked on a voluntary basis for the NCT (National Childbirth Trust), running groups to support woman seeking a natural birth after a caesarian section or traumatic birth, and as a result have spoken to many woman and their partners about birth issues and concerns. This continues to be an area of special interest to me.

Photos & videos


I can offer an initial phone or video meeting which lasts around 70 minutes. This provides an opportunity to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and offers a chance to see how we could work together and if you feel I could help you at this time. The cost of this consultation is £70

Sessions going forward last for 50 minutes and are at the same time each week.

On going sessions cost between £60 and £70. I hold a number of low fee client sessions per week.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Further information

My practice is on line at present but is situated a short walk from Sydenham Station which has both a South Eastern train line in and out of London Bridge as well as the London Overground tube line.

There is free on street parking.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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


I work on weekdays and evenings. Please get in touch to discuss the best times for you.

Types of client

Older adults
Virginia Craven, UKCP, FPC Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Virginia Craven, UKCP, FPC Psychotherapist and Counsellor