A fully qualified and experienced MBACP-registered counsellor and psychotherapist, Darren offers both short (6-12 sessions) and longer-term counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families.

Types of therapy I offer

  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative psychotherapy/counselling
  • Kink therapy
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
  • Online counselling
  • Person-centred psychotherapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Psychosexual psychotherapy
  • Relational psychotherapy
  • Solution-focussed brief therapy
  • Training
  • Transactional analysis

I can help with...

  • Abortion
  • Addictions – alcohol, drugs, etc
  • ADHD
  • Affairs and betrayals
  • Ageing and retirement
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's syndrome
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Body image
  • Borderline personality
  • Bullying
  • Career coaching
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Changing bad habits
  • Chemsex
  • Childbirth
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
  • Communication skills
  • Compulsive hoarding
  • Coping with chronic ill health or chronic pain
  • Coping with a terminal illness
  • Creative blocks
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Debt
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Disabilities
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Domestic violence
  • Dyspraxia
  • Eating disorders
  • Educational performance
  • Emotional abuse
  • Family issues
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Gambling
  • Gender issues
  • Health anxiety/hypochondriasis
  • Homesickness and expat identity
  • Identity issues
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia and sleep problems
  • Internet addiction
  • Lack of energy
  • Learning difficulties
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Low mood
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Major life changes
  • Masculinity and men’s issues
  • Nail biting
  • Night terrors (for children)
  • Obsessive–compulsive tendencies
  • Panic attacks
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionist traits
  • Personal development
  • Phobias
  • Physical abuse
  • Postnatal depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy, birth and loss
  • Procrastination and 'stuckness'
  • Psychological abuse
  • Redundancy
  • Regaining control of emotions
  • Relaxation
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Self-harm
  • Separation and divorce
  • Sex addiction
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual problems
  • Sexuality
  • Smoking
  • Social anxiety
  • Somatic illnesses
  • Speech disorders
  • Spirituality
  • Sports performance
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic childhood
  • Unexplained and persistent physical symptoms
  • Weight management
  • Work-related issues

Types of client I see

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Children
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Young people
  • Older people
  • Corporations
  • BAMER
  • LGBTQIA
  • Men
  • Women
  • Trainee and qualified clinicians
  • Supervisees

Languages I speak

  • English
  • British Sign Language

Location(s)

  • Room 1 at Elizabeth House, 39 York Road, London SE1 7NQ
  • Room 302 at King's Cross Business Centre, 180/186 King’s Cross Road, London WC1X 9DE
  • Room 116 at Chandlery Cottage, 50 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7QY
  • Room 3 at 37–41 Gower street, WC1E 6HH
  • Room 23 at 175–7 Borough High Street, SE1 1HR
  • Online

My approach

With an honest and open approach, I provide a confidential, supportive and safe space – where people can discuss and explore their personal issues, their choices, their behaviours, their thoughts, their beliefs and feelings without fear of judgement, reproach or discrimination.

As an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist my therapeutic approach draws from both the humanistic and psychodynamic schools of thought in dealing with issues of change or acceptance.

I draw on a number of approaches and styles of counselling to help clients explore and resolve their problems, and to achieve their goals and aspirations. These include person-centred, humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles.

People enter into counselling or psychotherapy for many different reasons. Each person’s issues are unique, and so my focus is always on the individual and what they bring to the counselling room.

For some people, the prospect of seeking counselling can seem somewhat daunting, but for others it is very natural – therefore please do feel free to contact me at any time to ask any questions that you might have about therapy, to discuss your situation/circumstances, or to enquire more about the way I work.

Training and qualifications

  • BA (Hons)
  • Counselling Skills (OCR)
  • Counselling Studies (CPCAB Level 3)
  • Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB Advanced Level 4 Diploma)
  • Humanistic Integrative Counselling (CPCAB Advanced Diploma)

Past experience

For the past 20 years I have worked within the NHS, as a trainer in mental health and communication, working alongside patients, doctors, consultants, psychiatrists and students.

Other previous / current experience includes:

  • Resident Psychotherapist – GLBTQ* ‘Free2BMe’ Group (Harlow)
  • Resident Psychotherapist – TherapyWorks Detox Rehabilitation Centre (Pakistan)
  • Resident Arts / Drama Therapist – GLYPT WMH Project (Woolwich)
  • Resident Young Persons and Children’s Counsellor – various UK schools
  • Counsellor in the voluntary mental health sector (2006–09)
  • Lead Tutor – CPCAB Diploma Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
  • Lead Facilitator of What Next..!? – a development CPD for psychotherapists, coaches and counsellors
  • Individual and group sessions, and mediation work for businesses, organisations and companies in the UK and abroad

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). This means I adhere strictly to the BACP code of ethics and guidelines.

Fees and availability

  • Individual psychotherapy: £75 per session (before 9am/after 5.30pm: £80)
  • Couple psychotherapy: £95 per session (before 9am/after 5.30pm: £100)
  • Appointments available 7am to 10pm
  • I can often see new clients within 24 hours for an initial session

I also offer Skype and telephone sessions. I currently work online and telephone with clients within the UK and in various other countries around the world, including Pakistan and Kenya.

Please note I also provide sessions at a reduced rate. These concessions are available for students, unemployed, individuals and/or families on low income, and other individual circumstances, (as well as for Skype and telephone sessions). Please enquire for more details.