Dr Stephen Adams-LangleyPsychotherapist
Counselling and psychotherapy are both “talking therapies” which attempt to help us make sense of our lives and survive the crisis, difficulty or turning point. My approach is integrative which means I have been trained in, and can employ several theoretical approaches. I draw from cognitive behavioral therapy, humanistic/person centered, psychodynamic, brief solution focused therapy and existential approaches to adapt the theory to each individual client. My philosophy is that each person is unique and therefore no one approach suits all. I might use cognitive behavioral therapy for clients with phobias or panic attacks, whereas the person who is depressed or anxious will need a more supportive and philosophical approach. My aim is to clarify those aspects of the client's life that cause distress, confusion or anger and that can lead to an individual to feel stuck, blocked, unfulfilled and desperate. It is through exploration and clarification that we are able to explore our options and choices, and understand and come to terms with our issues.
The sessions are 50 minutes in length, although occasionally if requested I will see clients for longer sessions. My counselling is absolutely confidential and and my approach is non-judgmental and supportive regardless of clients race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality or presenting behavior. I have extensive experience with clients who are presenting with self harming behavior such as drug or alcohol misuse, compulsive sexual behavior, self harm, suicidal ideation and eating disorders.
People come to counselling and psychotherapy for all sorts of reasons. A significant life event such as a bereavement, relationship breakdown, redundancy or panic attack can feel overwhelming. There can also be a sense of unhappiness, malaise or a feeling that life could be better or different. Clients can often present with a single issue or symptom, or a range of issues. I offer a safe, comfortable and confidential space to reflect, process and resolve these issues and difficulties
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
My fees are £80 a session for individuals and £90 for a couple.
I offer reduced rates for students at £50 per session.
Supervision fee is £80
Training and qualifications
I have been in practice as a psychotherapist and counsellor for 20 years. I was awarded my Research Doctorate in Psychotherapy from Middlesex University (Metanoia Institute) in 2012 together with the Jennifer Elton Wilson prize for my Professional Development Paper. My professionally accredited five year training was undertaken at Regents College School of psychotherapy and counselling in London where I gained an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling and a post-qualifying Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy. I also hold a BA, (Honours) in English. I am a fellow of the Oxford Symposium, Brasenose College and an associate lecturer in counselling at the University of East London
Following accreditation I undertook further training and was awarded two diplomas in Case Work Supervision and Individual and Group Supervision.
I hold accreditation and registration with the three main UK psychotherapy and counselling professional and regulatory bodies:
- The United Kingdom Council of psychotherapy (UKCP)
- The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP
I am a Senior Accredited Practitioner with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) (Snr Accred).
I am an Accredited Supervisor (BACP) & (UKCP)
I adhere to the code of ethics and practice of the UKCP and BACP.
I am a member of the Society of Existential Analysis and a full member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
My work is professionally and regularly supervised by a UKCP, BPS and BACP supervisor