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Counselling & Psychotherapy
Crystal Palace & South East London

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Counselling & Psychotherapy in Crystal Palace and South East London


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Are you looking to gain some clarity in a particular area of your life? Perhaps something needs to change? Are you looking for a place to take some time-out and explore your thoughts and feelings?
At Taking Time To Talk, I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental place for you to do this.

My name is Clare. I am a qualified Counsellor, and a Registered Member of BACP (Registered MBACP) I provide individual based counselling in Crystal Palace/Upper Norwood in South East London. I am within easy reach of Central London, Penge, Anerley, Gipsy Hill, West Norwood, Streatham, Balham, Sydenham, Dulwich, Clapham, Bromley, Beckenham, and Croydon.

Life throws up many challenges and sometimes finding support from someone who is non-judgmental, unbiased, has the time to listen and take your concerns seriously isn't easy. For some, emotional pain is ignored in the hope it will just go away - but sometimes it doesn't and this is where seeking the help of a qualified counsellor/therapist could help you.

How Does Counselling Work?

I run a small private practice where I facilitate a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment for you to explore whatever has prompted you to seek counselling.
It is a place for you to talk about what you are feeling and thinking. You could come to counselling to gain clarity in certain areas of your life; understand yourself better; recognise patterns of behaviour; develop tools to cope; take steps forward towards positive change.

Counselling is very dependent on you being open and honest and engaging with the process. It is collaborative. I am not here to advise you or tell you what to do. You must be prepared to discuss and explore what you are feeling and thinking. See me as your sounding board. We will work together to untangle what is going on for you, and perhaps look at different ways of seeing things in order for you to make your own decisions and move forward.

What happens when you make your initial enquiry?

I understand that for some, considering counselling and then finding a counsellor/therapist can feel daunting. Its important you feel safe and that the counsellor/therapist is right for you.

Following your initial enquiry, we would arrange a 10 min chat over the phone. This is for me to hear a little about why you are seeking counselling, and to discuss your expectations of counselling very briefly and to assess if my skills and experience fit your expectations. The next step would be to arrange a 50 minute online assessment over Zoom (this would normally be face to face). This enables us to meet to see how it feels talking together and for me to further assess what you wish to work on and whether the fit for us both feels right. I'll also explain how I work as a counsellor, and what service is on offer. We'll then agree on how to proceed. Its a chance for us both to see if this could be the right place for you. The assessment is a no obligation appointment on both sides, and is charged at the same rate as a standard 50 minute session which is £50

Please note all subsequent sessions will always be 50 minutes long. and my fee per session is £50.

I have successfully helped clients seeking counselling around:
  • Bereavement & loss
  • Relationships (family members or partners)
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of confidence and low self esteem
  • Depression & low mood
  • Stress

    I provide counselling in Crystal Palace/Upper Norwood in South East London. It is within easy reach of Central London, Penge, Anerley, Gipsy Hill, West Norwood, Streatham, Balham, Wandsworth, Sydenham, Dulwich, Clapham, Bromley, Beckenham, and Croydon.

    I offer both open ended and fixed term counselling.
    Open ended means we can work together for as long as you feel you need counselling, or until we mutually decide we have gone as far as we can go.
    Fixed term means we can agree a fixed amount of sessions at the start.

    The aim of both is to give you the space you need, and the time to talk.

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