Philomena WilliamsCounselling in Central London W1 and Wimbledon SW20
I am a qualified counsellor / psychotherapist and I am a fully accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Prior to becoming a therapist I worked in the advertising and publications sector in central London for a number of years. My interest in becoming a counsellor stems from my own personal life changes and loss. Through my professional training and life experiences I have come to fully appreciate the true value of understanding one’s self through engaging with another in the counselling relationship.
For the past 12 years, I have worked as a private practitioner counselling adults and young people.
I have also worked as a staff counsellor in a large NHS trust, as a founding member of a local bereavement service, as a voluntary adult and youth counsellor at the Wimbledon Guild and as a school counsellor at a large secondary school in south west London.
Qualifications and training
- BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling – Roehampton University
- Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy – Roehampton University
- Diploma in working with Adolescents – WPF Therapy
- Extensive training and continuing professional development in bereavement and loss
How I work
My counselling approach enables me to help my clients look at what is causing them concern from various perspectives. People come for counselling for many different reasons. Often they just want to feel better and get some help in resolving their problems.
My way of working is first and foremost based on respect for the client. I provide a confidential and safe place for feelings to be heard, acknowledged and allowed. My aim is to facilitate an environment where you can feel enabled to express your feelings freely without judgement.
Counselling is about helping you to help yourself overcome the difficulty and pain you are experiencing now. It can also lead you to a clearer understanding of how the past may be preventing a happier and more fulfilled life in the present.
Also, counselling can help with altering any self-defeating behaviours and habits, enabling you to function and cope better with all aspects of your life.
You can find me on the BACP and Counselling Directory websites. Click on the images below.