Hi, I’m Martin, a male psychotherapeutic counsellor living and working in Brentford, West London.
I discovered counselling as a second career after spending a number of years in both gaming and hospitality industries.
Having lived through my own difficulties during early childhood and teenage years, I felt drawn towards training as a therapist in later life to support and help others going through their own difficult experiences.
My professional experience
I am degree qualified (Integrative Relational Counselling) from Middlesex University and a registered member of the BACP. I have been practicing therapy, seeing a mixture of NHS, private and business clients, since 2016.
I began my private clinical practice in 2017 and have seen hundreds of individual clients and couples amounting to over 5000 clinical practice hours to date (Oct 2023), as well working over four years as a specialist student mentor at Kingston University, for students experiencing mental health issues during their course(s). I'm also currently involved with the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in Twickenham, supporting their dance students through the ups and downs of academic life at the school.
Grief, loss and bereavement
My core training from 2013 was centred on grief and loss. Having worked extensively with clients experiencing grief, loss and bereavement throughout my career, I have amassed expertise in this area for those in need of gentle, warm and caring support during such turbulent and difficult times.
Other presenting problems
Despite working in a niche field, my client base also includes those presenting with a wider range of problems, such as anxiety, depression, stress, addiction and anger, for example. Historically, my clients have ranged in age, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds, as well as variety of presenting problems. For more information about presenting problems, click here.
I try to learn from my interactions with others so as to better help my clients. I'm a member of the BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework. I also attend regular supervision sessions as all qualifies practicing therapist do, to enable me to best support my clients.
I'm also a keen writer about mental health and wellbeing, offering insights, tips and tricks to help manage the everyday - read my latest interesting and helpful blog posts!
NHS - Claremont Medical Centre, Surbiton.
Kingston Council, Kingston-Upon-Thames.
Equality Enterprise - specialist student mentor, Kingston University.
Opened private clinical practice, St Margarets, Twickenham.
Working with Rambert Dance School, St Margarets, Twickenham.
Moved private clinical practice to Brentford, West London.