Alastair Coomes Therapy

PSYCHOTHERAPY IN BLACKFRIARS, CENTRAL LONDON EC4Y 0AY

Welcome to Alastair Coomes Therapy

Face to face and online therapy in Central London

Therapy in a safe, comfortable and private setting

As a therapist, I help support people through the bad times and see the possibilities that can be hidden from view. As a coach, therapist and teacher, I have supported children, young people and adults for over 20 years through some of the most difficult times in their lives.

My approach as an integrative therapist, I always try to work in a way that suits my clients rather than having to fit around a rigid dogmatic theory, this can be time limited or long term. I offer one-to-one sessions in Blackfriars, Central London or online.

I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment, with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives – and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Therapy isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but empowering you to make your own changes.

I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of problems. As a fully-qualified therapist I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and abide by their code of ethics.


Speak in confidence

Therapy takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy – and without judgement. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence.

A problem shared…

Trouble with a relationship; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression – many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. Therapy gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems – and how you can move towards managing or resolving them.

Make better, healthier new choices

Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see how you can start to make better, heathier choices moving forward.


Psychotherapy training & qualifications

  • MSc in Psychology
  • Masters in counselling psychology and psychotherapy
  • Triple P parenting coach
  • Couples Counselling certificate
  • Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
  • Final stage of Doctorate in Counselling Psychology

Experience

I have run a private practice since 2009, am a school counsellor in large academy in West London and am a volunteer with the NHS chaplaincy service at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. My doctoral research is on men’s experience of therapy which I am currently completing at the Metanoia Institute. I am a fellow of the RSA (FRSA), where I am engaged in their future project research in education.

Other qualifications

  • BSc in Biology and Geography
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dip SpLD)

In addition to these assessed and validated qualifications, I am passionate about my Continued Professional Development (CPD) and regularly participate in further training and seminars.

This enables me to constantly learn new skills and be informed of new research which can be offered to you where it may be appropriate and beneficial. These include:


Masculinity and therapy

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC)

Brief Therapy

Attachment

Addiction

Stress reduction

Harassment and Bullying

Learning Differences/Disabilities and Mental Health

Equality and Diversity

Safeguarding Adults, Children, and Domestic Abuse


To complement my formal learning and CPD, I engage in weekly personal therapy and fortnightly supervision.

Personal therapy enables me to remain well connected to the experience of being a client.

Supervision enables you to benefit from the very best service I can provide.


My location

I offer one-to-one sessions in Blackfriars, Central London. I also see clients from the surrounding Soho, Covent Garden, Waterloo, Surrey, Kensington, Chelsea, Islington, Fitzrovia and St Pauls areas.

In addition to providing face-to-face therapy, I also offer telephone and online sessions via Zoom or Skype. Contact me to find out more about how online therapy works.

Fees & availability

  • Individual sessions are £90 for 50 minutes.
  • Couple sessions are £110 per hour.

Negotiable reduction of fees at specific times and on a case by case basis. Concessions offered for keyworkers, low income, students, trainee counsellors and benefit recipients. Please contact me for more information.

Available forms of payment include Paypal, cash and card.

Get in touch


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how therapy works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to therapy, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07971020804 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.


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