Therapeutic counselling in South West London - Wimbledon, Southfields, Wandsworth and Merton
Does life feel like its getting on top of you? Could you benefit from a place to take some time-out to explore your thoughts and feelings or perhaps get back on a front foot again?
Welcome to my website. My name is Beryll and I am a therapeutic counsellor based in Southfields Wandsworth, Wimbledon and Sutton in South West London - my practice is easily reached from Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Merton, Kingston and surrounding areas. On the following pages I hope you will find all the information you need about me and the therapy service I offer, as well as frequently asked questions about the counselling process, practical details, such as fees and location, to help you decide whether I might be able to help you.
I would always suggest an introductory/exploratory session without any commitment to continue, so we can see how we get on and whether you would like to work with me. Like most other counsellors practising today, I believe that how our counselling relationship unfolds will be key to your development on this particular journey.
If you have further questions, or would like to book an introductory session, please contact me on 07505 995028 or by email via the website. You can leave a voice message or text and I will get back to you as soon as I can, but always within 24 hours. If you don't hear from me within this time it means I am away and not able to access emails. But I will still see your message when I return.
As an experienced therapist, I am committed to providing counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. My first degree was in sociology and education and I worked for many years in the charity and voluntary sector before training as a professional counsellor. My therapeutic style is integrative which means that I draw from different schools of thought, all of which have value, and allows me the freedom to work in a way that suits you and your individual needs.
My work experience includes counselling in an agency which specialises in helping teenagers who have low self-esteem, concerns around body image and peer pressure. I also work on a voluntary basis with two community counselling services which offer low-cost therapy, at a women's centre in South West London which supports adult women with a range of issues and in the Youth Service of a local agency. I am experienced in working with women who have suffered domestic abuse and trauma and with clients suffering stress, depression and anxiety. I have also worked successfully with young adults on the autistic spectrum and with eating disorders in teenagers and adults. Bereavement and loss, and what can follow from this, is always a large part of my work as are issues around self-esteem and how to become more confident and assertive.
I am particularly interested in the context of people's lives - society, family relationships and culture - as well as in their inner worlds and it is this which informs and contributes to my practice. Therapeutic counselling is a form of healing, exploring yourself through talking and maybe also drawing, writing - whatever way you can best express yourself. Stress and anxiety are the key issues of our time - they can contribute to any amount of discomfort and distress and are experienced as very real; a vicious cycle from which it feels impossible to escape. They may also be symptoms of a deeper unease about ourselves. In counselling we can look at these in the light of our past and present lives and find new and better ways of managing.
Have you ever heard the phrase We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are? This is a central tenet of Stoical philosphy and the Stoics certainly knew a thing or two about how to live a contented life. If you think about it, there is always an alternative view
Approaching a counsellor can feel daunting, sometimes downright scary. But I believe that within a collaborative and trusting relationship, the opportunity to develop insight and understanding of who you are and where you fit in the world allows you to explore aspects of your life that may be inhibiting personal growth. Counselling focuses on you - your internal world and what's happening inside you - rather than external circumstances which may be harder to change.
You can still stay true to who you are, for that is where you will be most at ease - with yourself and with everyone around you.
Location and access for counselling in South West London
By public transport: Within easy reach of Southfields, Putney and Wimbledon underground stations (District Line) and Wimbledon main line station; bus routes 93, 493, 39 .
By car: on-road parking (restrictions apply between 10-11am weekdays only).
I can give you very precise details when we speak so don't worry about finding me.
In addition to my practice in Southfields I also offer sessions in two other locations - Merton Park on Wednesday evenings (individual only) and Sutton on Saturdays (individual and couples) - so please let me know if either of these places would be more convenient for you.