Often people come to counselling with a unclear general feeling of confusion about the way their life is going but don’t always know what is causing this. Time with your counsellor is a way for you to work out what this confusion and lack of clarity actually means and for you to gain insight into your life and feel restored again.
I am Stuart, a sole practitioner BACP Accredited BUPA recognised counsellor/therapist for individuals and couples in the City of London, South Woodford and Forest Gate, East London. I offer both face-to-face counselling, Walking Talking Therapy or sessions by Skype for individuals who cannot attend in person and choose this arrangement, although our initial session will need to be in person.
Our initial session is for us to explore the possibility of working together using the counselling process. It is important that the counsellor you choose feels right for you and this initial (without obligation) session is important in helping you to decide whether I am indeed the best fit for you as a counsellor. If we agree to work together then for individual counselling you will be agreeing to attend weekly 50 minute sessions initially eventually moving to fornightly sessions until we agree to end our working together
I currently charge £55.00 per 50 minute session for individuals and £75.00 per 60 minute session for couples. Payment becomes due on the day of the session by cash or cheque.
I am able to take referrals for those who have any private medical insurance cover for counselling and for both Aviva and BUPA I am able to take direct referrals.
For those in severe financial hardship and students training to be counsellors, I occasionally have available an assisted place and please enquire on contact to see if I have one available at the time and discuss your eligibility for one of these places. For those seeking low cost counselling generally; I have details of services in the East London area and am happy to provide these on contact.
I usually work on a mid or long term basis, so 16-20 sessions (4-6 months) or more if necessary using an Integrative Relational and Person Centred Approach. This involves listening carefully to who you are and finding an approach which fits you in your uniqueness in a human and respectful way. This means in essence that rather than trying to direct you to change, I will create an accepting environment to enable you to explore the issues you bring to counselling. In this way solutions and change will begin to arise from your own wisdom in a gentle and natural way by allowing your own deep wisdom to emerge as a result of this genttle and accepting approach to you as a whole person which values you as a unique individual. We will look at how you relate to people in the both your present life and how you did so in the past and we will explore the relationship that exists between both of us in the counselling relationship to gain greater understanding and choice of how you engage with the world around you.
As a result of the process people who work with me report that they gain new and clearer perspectives on themselves and their life situation as their self-acceptance and valuing of themselves in relation to the world begins to emerge. Many of the people who attend my sessions have strong emotions and feel that they cannot cope with their lives. We will work together as a team in a supportive environment to allow whatever solutions need to emerge to move forward in your life again with greater clarity and freedom.
Your concerns are as unique as you are and some of the areas people approach me to help with are:-
• couples counselling for hetrosexual and same sex couples
• relating to others in close relationships and social situations
• breaking unwanted patterns of behaviour that are destructive or keep us stuck
• developing greater self-esteem and confidence in expressing ourselves
• working with feelings of loneliness and isolation
• working with the LGBT community
Also: Depression – Stress and Anxiety – Anger – Work issues – Childhood issues – Parenting issues – Personal Growth and Development – Personal Loss and Bereavement – Eating Disorders – Infertility – Couples Counselling – Relationship Counselling – Sexual Compulsivity.
I have considerable experience of working with couples using a number of different approaches to suit you both and what you bring to the sessions. Couples Counselling is generally short-term of 6 – 12 sessions (sometimes more if necessary)
my counselling and psychotherapy practice is within easy reach of
East London, Moorgate, City of London, Central London, East London, North London, Forest Gate, Gants Hill, East Ham, Plaistow, Bow, Mile End, Hackney, Poplar, Manor Park, Snaresbrook, West Ham, Chigwell, Wanstead, Buckhurst Hill, Epping, Loughton, Redbridge, Ilford, Romford, Leytonstone, Stratford, East London, Woodford, South Woodford