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ABOUT ME

A passionate and experienced counsellor

I am a MBACP Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience in working with individuals, and groups of all ages, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds. I am based both in Colchester CO1 & London EC2. I also see people Nationally and Internationally via Zoom, WhatsApp videos, Skype, and FaceTime. Dependent on your presenting issues/needs I will draw on cognitive, psychodynamic, attachment and relational theories and concepts, to provide either short-term-focused counselling/therapy or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy.

 

Most of us, will at some point, and for various reasons, experience emotional and/or psychological challenges which can impact upon and limit the quality of our lives. Relationship difficulties or being 'stuck' in self-defeating/repeating unwanted patterns of behaviour, perhaps finding it hard to accept feelings around past/present/future life events, or maybe anxious, angry, sad or depressed about life in general. In these situations, counselling and psychotherapy can be of benefit in offering a space where you can talk openly about yourself and be listened to and understood, in a way that is perhaps difficult to find with, or ask of, family, friends and work colleagues.

 

I offer a confidential, safe and reliable place for you to make sense of your current difficulties, and the establishment of a trusting therapeutic relationship will help you to explore any past formative experiences and future concerns, which may be impacting your present-day choices/decisions, and in the ways that you form and maintain relationships with others, and how you see, think and feel about yourself.

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IAN WEST

I run a private practice after working in residential settings for over 10 years specialising in issues such as depression, anxiety, compulsive disorders, trauma, grief, various forms of abuse, family, alcohol, substance misuse, and relationship difficulties. 
I understand there are obstacles that can present when engaging with therapy such as finding the time, anxiety about the process and financial commitment. But, I can assure you the move to reinvest in yourself is a rewarding and worthwhile one. Over the years I have witnessed individuals change and evolve. They have identified needs, emotions, and developed coping skills to manage and confront problems. Clients have then moved on to lead more meaningful lives. I provide a safe and confidential space that will allow you to talk about any life event or situation that's causing you distress. In collaboration with you, we will work towards exploring and identifying your potential for growth and change by addressing underlying issues. If you are considering therapy as a means of improving your life, then I can guide you in this endeavour.

 

WHAT I CAN HELP WITH

Support That Makes a Difference

Core Belief Systems, Family Systems, Internal Criticism, Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Trauma, Relationships with self, Personal development, Cultural issues, Identity issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Worth,  Spirituality, Addictions, Obsessions, OCD, Self-harm, Career Coaching, and Personal Development Coaching.

Consultation and referrals for Detox/Rehab and Aftercare support making effective use of multiple Addiction resources

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Whatever you are struggling with, I am here to help.

Contact me to find out more.

 

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