Ben BronsteinIntegrative counsellor
Whatever your experience of the world, weekly therapy sessions can offer an opportunity to reflect and grow. Having someone to truly be with you in moments of difficulty can make an enormous difference. It is my intention to support my clients however they need - whether it's to feel heard for the first time, to help understand yourself or your relationships better, to process painful experiences or come to terms with your past.
Counselling can be one of the most rewarding but challenging processes you'll undertake, which is why finding someone you feel comfortable and safe with is essential. That's why I recommend a free 20-minute telephone or video consultation before starting sessions. It allows you a chance to get a sense of how it would be during sessions and for me to find out some more about what brings you to counselling.
Recent client feedback:
"Thank you so much Ben for being caring, understanding as well as a good listener. You have helped me to find a way to navigate through my desperate times. Thank you for helping me understand and come to terms with my surroundings, my life and my relationships. I always felt safe in your hands."
"I was lucky enough to access counselling with Ben. I was anxious about having counselling with a man but went with the flow and told him this. I have accessed counselling over the years but can honestly say Ben is the best counsellor I have seen. I felt comfortable and safe by the end of the first session. I genuinely felt listened to and heard with interest and encouragement. I really liked his interaction and feedback. He was very present and involved in the sessions which was lovely as when I have had counselling before I have not always felt that the counsellor is really involved or connected. During the sessions I felt safe and cared for while sharing emotional and upsetting experiences and thoughts. With his help I have made progress in facing them and the impact they have on my life."
"The counselling sessions with Ben helped me so much. I found an instant rapport and felt totally at ease sharing my feelings and thoughts. His attention to detail and memory of previous sessions was so reassuring. The practical suggestions for breathing exercises for example were very helpful. I really felt like I had his complete attention and however I was feeling he tuned into the appropriate vibe of the day. I always felt important and significant and the counselling sessions were a strong stabiliser for me. The sessions with Ben really helped me to gain perspective, and the feedback and suggestions were always spot on and really helped me move forward. Highly recommended."
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
£60 per session
I offer sessions for £50 when booked in blocks of 10
For concessions I offer a reduced rate of £35 per session
Training and qualifications
I am an integrative counsellor which means I am trained in a number of theories and therapies, drawing upon what's most relevant for the client at the time. I work with CBT, person-centred therapy, psychodynamic therapy and others.
My work has taken me from psychiatric hospitals, NHS community mental health teams, voluntary charity work, colleges and private practice. My training is as follows:
- University of Nottingham, Physics MSci
- The University of Edinburgh, Psychology of Mental Health MSc
- Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Academy, Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Anna Freud Centre, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy