About Counselling Canary Wharf and Online Therapy
I work with adults as individuals and also couples. I am experienced in helping my clients work through a range of life’s difficulties. This may be long-term struggles (e.g. anxiety, depression, self esteem) or more recent upsetting events (e.g. bereavement, stress, relationship difficulties) or psychological symptoms (e.g. sleep difficulties, panic, anger). 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 am also very pleased to hear from private individuals considering entering counselling and so I have endeavoured to make my practice as accessible as possible in terms of affordability, disability and diversity.
I have trained to doctoral level in psychology and in addition trained as a psychotherapist. Post qualifying, I went on to do specialist training in working with couples, brief-term trauma therapy (EMDR) as well as third-wave or most recent developments in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness (MBCT). You can get more details on my qualifications in the section below.
My therapeutic modality is integrative psychology. This means that I blend approaches and techniques depending on the individual I am working with. I have a special interest in compassion, mindfulness approaches and trauma therapy. I work very collaboratively with my clients and I will review our work together regularly.
I see clients in person at my office near Canary Wharf (5 minutes’ walk from Cabot Square) and also online. Some clients choose to do a blend of in-person and online to suit their schedules or circumstances.
On a more personal note, I am South-African born and have been living in London for the previous 22 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 the media and communications departments in high-profile 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.
My areas of work
I work generally with individuals facing common human struggles and couples wanting to resolve their 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.
In particular, I have worked extensively with bereavement, domestic violence and adult survivors of childhood abuse. In addition, examples of my experience include stress, identity issues, panic disorders, eating disorders and self harm, anxiety and depression. You can see a full list on my website.
Given government advice about social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to protect the wellbeing of all of my clients, I will be conducting therapy mostly online until it is safer to open my practice more fully to in-person sessions. I am offering just a few in-person sessions in Canary Wharf to those who online therapy would be unsuitable. I am also happy to do blend of in-person and remote therapy to suit your circumstances. You can make a booking at www.counsellingcanarywharf.co.uk/book
At your first session, or assessment, 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.
Counselling Canary Wharf and Online Therapy in short
Type of practice
Therapies / training courses
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
Dr Sherylin Thompson