Simon ChuGestalt counsellor
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom” Viktor Frankl
We are sometimes so overwhelmed by unhelpful thoughts and feelings that we find ourselves incapable of functioning properly or stricken by panic. There are times when our habitual way of thinking seems to operate automatically and we end up repeating the same mistakes over and over again. When this happens, I can help you break these entrenched patterns of thought and behaviour so that you can take control of your life once again.
My clinical experience includes working with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma, shame, low self-esteem, bereavement, identity issues, loneliness, anger management, OCD, addiction, family conflict, relationship and career problems. I also work with couples using Emotionally Focussed Therapy a proven method of relationship mediation. Additionally, I have experience in treating clients from the media and creative industries having worked as a counsellor specialising in actors and musicians at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Previously I directed documentaries for TV where I gained valuable insight into the difficulties surrounding producing and performing in the public eye.
How I Work
I am a member of BACP and a registered practitioner with BAPAM, The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine. My training is in Gestalt Therapy, a holistic psychotherapy with one overarching aim. To raise your awareness. Alongside traditional talking therapy, I use a range of techniques to help you and I together, explore and understand your unique experience of the world. These might include body process, role play, visualisation and internal dialogue to deepen your awareness of what is going on for you in the here and now. I will also help you experiment with alternative attitudes, perspectives and behaviours to bring about a deep and lasting life transformation.
What to Expect
I believe that effective counselling succeeds or fails on one key quality. My relationship with you. My priority is to establish a bond of trust and understanding based on empathy, respect and non-judgement. For me, this means supporting you with compassion and sensitivity so that you feel genuinely seen, heard and acknowledged.
What I Offer
Depending on the nature of your issues and your circumstances, we can work on a short-term basis of twelve sessions or on a longer-term basis of on-going weekly meetings which might be open ended or for a fixed period. Each session lasts 50 mins. I offer both in person sessions and online on Zoom, FaceTime or phone. Get in touch for a free consultation.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
£50 - £70 per 50 mins session on a sliding scale for individuals
£80 - £90 per 1 hour session for couples
Payable by bank transfer, cheque or cash
Training and qualifications
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Metanoia Institute
MSc in Gestalt Therapy - Penultimate Year, Metanoia Institute
Registered Practitioner - British Association for Performing Arts Medicine
Externship in Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples
Solicitor of The Supreme Court, England and Wales
BA Hons Philosophy - University of North Wales
Clinical Experience as Counsellor:
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Student Services, Barbican
Metanoia Psychotherapy and Counselling Service, Ealing
Claremont Project Counselling Service, Islington
I am fully covered by professional indemnity insurance and adhere to the ethical practice guidelines of BACP of which I am a registered member.