Wendy Meniru reg. British Psychoanaytic Council
I work in Bedford and offer a confidential setting in which to talk about whatever issues may be troubling you, whether that is anxiety, depression, difficulty in a relationship or a general sense of loss of meaning or fulfilment.
I underwent a rigorous training at Masters level at WPF in central London qualifiying as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. Initially I worked as a psychotherapist and counsellor in London but in 2014 set up in private practice in Bedford.
I also work as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS and have many years experience working with adults who have communication difficulties. Naturally, I am interested in communication and the resulting emotional impact where there are difficulties, however, I have worked with people from diverse backgrounds with a range of issues that have brought them to seek psychotherapy. I work with a range of issues including the following:
- Abuse (sexual, physical and emotional)
- Anger issues and anger management
- Bereavement and loss
- Depression and anxiety
- Eating disorders
- Identity issues
- Panic attacks
- Relationship difficulties
- Self-harm and suicidal feelings
I am registered with and accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and have a BACP Accredited MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
What to Expect
It can be daunting seeking counselling and you are welcome to telephone me or send an email with your questions before arranging an appointment.
I usually allow 2 sessions for the initial consultation. This allows time to talk about the issues which may be troubling you and give careful consideration to whether therapy will be of benefit to you at this time.This is a mutual process and gives you time to decide whether you want to work with me. It is important to find someone who you feel you can talk to and who can support you to bring about the changes you are seeking.
I will listen carefully to you and think about what you are saying; this can create a sense of space and quiet which may feel strange initially; different from having a conversation with a friend. However, being listened to by a thoughtful and curious therapist can bring relief, build trust and help talk about issues more openly and honestly.
During therapy it is likely we will explore current issues and relationships, early experience and what your hopes from therapy are.
I will not give you advice but help to support you find your own answers; therapy can give the opportunity to view things differently. Although the difficulties a person is facing can be extremely painful and challenging experience tells me that they can also lead to person growth and development.
You can learn more about how I work by visiting my website.
Length of therapy
I offer time-limited and open ended therapy. For both, weekly sessions are arranged usually at the same time each week. This gives the work a sense of continuity and regularity. Where working patterns are irregular it maybe possible to arrange therapy sessions a little differently and this can be discussed.
Sessions last for 50 minutes.
In time- limited therapy, the number of sessions are agreed at the beginning so it is clear when the therapy will end. I usually work to 10-12 weekly sessions. Time-limited therapy can be very useful where there is a clear focus to the work. It maybe that a recent life event or onset of stress / anxiety has brought someone to seek help or wanting to talk through and make a very difficult decision.
In open ended work, the end of therapy isn't decided until later on in the work and usually this is discussed and thought about together. Open ended work is helpful where difficulties are more long standing or multifactorial. Open ended work gives time for trust to develop; the difficulties within relationships someone experiences in life are often reflected in the relationship between therapist and client and there is the opportunity to understand them better and reduce the impact of them.
What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?
All BPC & BACP registered psychotherapists/counsellors are competent to work with clients in most areas of psychotherapy. Psychodynamic therapy is a depth therapy which helps us to understand why we feel, think and behave in a particular way. Receiving therapy is an opportunity to change unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour which we have often unconsciously repeated. This process is suitable for anyone wishing to develop a greater self awareness and a deeper understanding of their relationships with others.
Being listened to and thought about can itself be a profoundly therapeutic experience.
My practice is located in the centre of Bedford within a 10 minute walk from the train station, with easy access to parking nearby. My room is located in an integrated clinic where other health professionals work.
I offer sessions during the day and evening.
I aim to provide you with a safe and confidential space where you can talk and reflect on you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am experienced in working with individuals on an open -ended basis or for an agreed time period.
- BACP Accredited MA in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice.
- Registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC.) and the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling. (FPC)
- Registered with the BACP
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.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). 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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial consultation (90 minutes) -£75
On going session (50 minutes) - £50
I offer some lower cost places for those on a low income.
Please click on my website above for more information.