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?
Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Beryll and I work as a counsellor, therapist and life-coach based in Southfields, Wandsworth - my practice is easily reached from Wimbledon, Merton, Kingston and surrounding areas. On the following pages I hope you will find all the information you need about me and the therapeutic counselling service I offer, as well as frequently asked questions about the counselling process, practical details, such as fees and location.
Come and see me for 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 therapeutic relationship unfolds will be key to your development on this particular journey.
If you have further questions 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.
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. I integrate humanistic as well as mindfulness and other approaches, alongside psychodynamic ones, all of which have value and allow me the freedom to work in a way that suits you and your individual needs.
However, you probably want to know less about me and more about the therapeutic benefits I can offer.
Working with teenagers who have low self-esteem, concerns around body image and eating disorders .
Learning to manage peer pressure and being less self-critical is helpful with teens, as is developing ways of self-soothing and clarifying thoughts - Rational thinking can bring us all to a calmer place.
Four years at a women's centre helped me understand the trauma suffered by women on the receiving end of domestic violence, including coercive control and emotional bullying. Listening to their stories and providing a non-judgemental space to explore ways of changing how they see themselves in order to become more confident and self-assertive was at the heart of our work.
I have also worked successfully with young adults on the autistic spectrum and with eating disorders in both teenagers and adults.
The context of people's lives - society, family relationships and culture - as well as in their inner worlds is what 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. Counselling helps to understand how early experiences inform who you are as adults so you can separate the past from the present. The focus is on you - your internal world and what's happening rather than external circumstances which may be harder to control.
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 allows you to explore aspects of your life that may be inhibiting growth. Together we can imagine something different.
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.