Counselling Psychology and psychotherapy in East London and by Skype for individuals and couples facing stuck and difficult times in their lives
Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Canary Wharf
Research says that one in five Britons has consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist?* You are certainly not alone in turning to professional support to help you through a difficult time. I could meet with you in person at my practice in the Docklands of East London or connect with you through the convenience of Skype.
Life is full of challenges – bringing a range of emotions from triumph to despair. Change, welcomed or dreaded, is always just around the corner. Challenges and change can bring fantastic opportunities and they can also bring anxiety, loss and deep uncertainty.
Sometimes we long for personal change that will release us from the same old struggles coming up again and again. Sometimes we cling to what is familiar, even if painful, just because it is better than the unknown.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help you manage the difficulties that you face right now – be they overwhelming or just a niggling concern. It can also help you understand the roots of problems that hold you stuck or keep you circling in a confusing whirlpool of thoughts, emotions and behaviour.
What counselling help with
I work generally with adults facing common human difficulties. We all go through rocky periods in our lives and therapy can help you smooth a way forward. Some examples of how therapy can help you move through difficulties include:
• Understanding what might be causing problems and repetitive patterns.
• Clarifying what direction you want to take in your life.
• Exploring problems with intimate relationships or family members.
• Overcoming trauma - be it from childhood or more recently.
• Coping with loss and bereavement.
• Managing workplace issues such as stress, bullying and career decisions.
Sherylin Thompson BA UKCP MBACP
I am a chartered counselling psychologist and registered psychotherapist in private practice in Canary Wharf in the Docklands of East London (E14). I am recognised by the UK's leading professional organisations for counselling and psychotherapy, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) and I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), the governing body for psychologists. In addition, I have a strong academic background and am a doctoral researcher on the links between childhood trauma and emotional difficulties in adulthood and I have collaborated with research teams at a leading children's charity and an NHS mental health trust on this.
I combine my leaning towards academic accomplishment with a down-to-earth and approachable manner in working with clients. I have worked clinically in a number of settings and with clients from a variety of backgrounds and presenting difficulties. These settings have spanned hospital contexts, not-for-profit organisations as well as private practice. I currently work with leading insurance and Employee Assistance Programmes to meet the high-quality service demands of their corporate clients. I also accept GP referrals in Tower Hamlets and am experienced in working with a diversity of concerns. I am always pleased to hear from private individuals considering to start therapy and so I have endeavoured to make my practice as accessible as possible in terms of affordability, disability and diversity.
On a more personal note, I am South-African born and have been living in London for the previous 13 years. On relocating myself in the UK, I set about establishing dual career paths. Before dedicating my career to psychotherapy and psychology, I also worked in the pressurised world of high-profile not-for-profit organisations. The blend of my two cultural and professional backgrounds helps me bring a grounded and practical stance to what might seem like lofty and inaccessible psychological ideas.
I work with adults in person at my practice in Canary Wharf. I also offer therapy by skype to individuals who find it difficult to access therapy in any other way.
The practice is less than an eight-minute walk from Canary Wharf Underground Station (Jubilee Line) as four minutes from West India Quay DLR station. This is less than a 15-minute journey from London Bridge, Bank, Tower Hill, Greenwich and Stratford.
At your first session, we will discuss what brings you to therapy and what you hope to get out of it. I will be honest with you about how we could work together to tackle the difficulties you are facing. If you then decide that it is for you, we will agree an initial time frame to work towards and review your progress regularly. It is important that you can commit to a 50-minute session at the same time every week to make sure that you get the most out of therapy. I will hold this space open just for you but will always do my best to reschedule appointments if possible.
Training and qualifications
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy – Middlesex University
- Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy – UKCP / Metanoia Institute
- Graduation Diploma in Psychology – University of East London
- NCFE in Person-Centred Counselling – BACP
- Bachelor of Arts: Psychology and Communications – University of South Africa
* The statistic, of 1 in 5 Brittons consulting a counsellor or psychotherapist, comes from the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. For more information, see: Click Here