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Stacey Permaul MBACP Counselling & Psychotherapy in South East London and Online

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Providing a safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore, reflect and grow through life's challenges

**Private practice will be closed from 16th Aug until 22nd Sep (inclusive). All enquiries during this time will be placed on a waiting list. If you are in distress and/or need urgent support see my Helplines page**

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How are you doing? Really?

As a therapist, many clients come to me with a general feeling of unease or anxiety, but aren't quite sure how to move past it or what is causing it in the first place. Perhaps you are feeling something similar?
You might have noticed yourself getting stressed very quickly at work? Or maybe you feel angry or irritated with others? Perhaps you are concerned you are experiencing depression or a low mood that feels like a dark cloud is hanging over you?

“I just don’t want to feel like this anymore”

If no amount of friendly ‘advice’ or self-help guide seems to be relieving the stress, calming the anger or lifting the dark cloud. If perhaps you are wondering if you will ever feel differently again. Well, simply looking for a counsellor is a step towards living the life you want.

Hello and welcome

I’m Stacey, a BACP registered counsellor and therapist based in East Dulwich, which is situated in south east London. I offer face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy in my practice in East Dulwich which is also easily accessible from Peckham, Nunhead, Forest Hill, Sydenham and Honor Oak. Every effort is being made to ensure the space is covid-safe and complying with government regulations.

As a certified online counsellor, registered with ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online), I am trained to provide online counselling and psychotherapy via video-call (Zoom) or telephone.

I also provide outdoor therapy sessions in Forest Hill and Beckenham if you would prefer to work with a counsellor outside in nature.

I am a BAPAM registered practitioner (British Association for Performing Arts Medicine).

I also work alongside Anxiety UK as one of their Approved Therapists providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries*

Find out more about me and my approach

An investment in you

YOU are wonderful, unique and powerful. Do you believe that about yourself? Or do you feel inadequate? Unimportant? Are your needs at the bottom of the list?

Are you feeling anxious? Stressed? Sad? Angry? Depressed? Or perhaps you haven’t felt any emotion for a while; a numbness that is disconnecting and isolating that may be the result of a trauma you experienced in the past.

Imagine being able to work on your self-esteem in the same way you might work on your physical fitness? Putting the effort in to get mentally strong, fit and healthy.

Does that investment feel right for you, right now?

“Happiness is not out there. It is in here” - Matt Haig

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Beginning therapy

Making the choice to begin therapy can be daunting. How do I know it will work? Who do I pick as my counsellor? What if it brings up too much difficult stuff for me? What kind of therapist will be right for me?

I won’t lie. It’s not always easy. It can sometimes feel like an emotional rollercoaster. But with every realisation, you become more aware. That self-awareness breeds acceptance. If you can begin to accept yourself then you don’t need to hold on to any of those negative thoughts or patterns of behaviour that do not serve you well.

You don’t have to hold on to any of those restricting labels given to you by others.

You can simply be, rather than ‘try to be’.

That is my commitment to you as your therapist. To provide a safe space for you to truly be you and discover how hugely empowering that can become.

Talk to me, I’m listening

Whether it be face to face at my practice in East Dulwich, an Outdoor Therapy in nature or online via Zoom/telephone, I offer many different styles of therapy, which hopefully helps to make counselling accessible to lots of different people.

Take a look at what I offer and see what might be a good fit for you. If you would like to talk to me further about what is bringing you to therapy, your expectations and to get a better understanding of how we could work together, please contact me for a 20 minute initial consultation free of charge.

Please visit my resources page for further support if you feel in distress or are suffering from poor mental health right now. You will find helplines, some grounding and breathing techniques and also my mental health blog The Person Centred Ninja. You are not alone.

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*I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body. Full details of the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme can be found here . Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here.

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