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I am a fully qualified and experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor and registered member of the BACP (Reg no. 374212) As well as seeing adults in my private practice, I have also worked at a charitable organisation providing counselling services to young people and adults between 16 and 25. I work with a range of issues: loneliness and depression, anxiety and stress, self-harm, bereavement, gender and sexual identity issues, autism, anger, trauma, low self-esteem or lack of confidence. ​Yet sometimes our sense that something is not right cannot be so neatly labelled. Perhaps you just feel out of control, find it difficult to cope with life or are questioning its very meaning. Maybe you struggle with personal relationships or feel different but don’t know how to deal with it. The way we feel is often very hard to pin down and explain and may be caused by a combination of things happening in our life now and from our past experiences. We will work together to identify what it is you feel is causing you pain or holding you back and attempt to reduce its effect on your life. My aim is to create a safe environment where you can think freely, without judgement, and feel encouraged to talk about whatever comes to mind. In this way the expectation is that we will discover your own solutions and begin the process of making the changes you need to live a more enjoyable, fulfilled and rewarding life.

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The process of finding a counsellor or therapist often involves doing a little research and then following your own intuition. Unlike choosing a GP, finding a therapist is often a much more personal journey. Here are my top tips:

1. Thankfully, counselling is becoming much more commonplace nowadays. So, if you can, speak to a friend or relative who has had counselling and see what they liked or didn’t like about the experience. This may help to give you a clearer idea of what you are looking for.

2. Looking at a therapist’s website can give you a greater sense of who they are and whether you can work with them. Don’t be afraid to email them with any questions or concerns you may have about the counselling process.

3. It is good to start with someone who is BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) registered as this will offer reassurance that the person you choose is qualified, committed to a good standard of care, subject to a complaints procedure and works to a strong ethical framework.

4. Although not necessarily essential, you might want to check that the therapist has experience in the area in which you are seeking support. If you are not sure, contact the therapist directly to check.

5. Lastly, ask yourself if you feel comfortable working with this counsellor. Current research indicates strongly that it is the strength of the therapeutic relationship between you your therapist that is the key factor in creating lasting change, so it is important that you feel comfortable working with the person you choose.

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Your expert Counsellor will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to advise on what is most suitable. Use Bark to get free quotes and schedule an appointment today.

At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained Counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems. However, they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. The Counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.

Counselling can take place in a number of ways. These include:

  • Face to face session

  • Group session

  • Phone session

  • Email session

  • Online through live chat services or video conferencing software

You may be offered a single session of Counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your Counsellor.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local Counsellors listed will give you a reliable and efficient service to help you feel better.

You could look for Counsellors that are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which means that they have met the PSA’s required professional standards to practise.

Before you choose a Counsellor, you could read testimonials and read details of the issues they can help with on their website.

You could also look at their profile page on Bark and check out reviews from past customers too.

Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.



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The average rating for Bark Counsellors in Purley is 5.00, based on 12 reviews.

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