Stephen Weaver Online Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision St Paul's, Blackfriars, City of London & Rye, East Sussex

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How do I contact you?

Click here to e-mail
Or call/text 07939 393567

Email normally receives a reply within 24 hours. The message has the same security level as normal email.
Please use voicemail if necessary.
I will return your call/text as soon as possible.

What experience do you have?

After 3 years as a teacher and 10 years of ministry as a priest, I began working in couple counselling in 1995, as an individual counsellor in 1999. I qualified as a psychotherapist in 2001 and as a supervisor in 2003.

I have worked in private practice, as a relationship counsellor with Marriage Care, for five years as HIV/Gay Men's Sexual Health Counsellor at PACE and as an affiliate counsellor in Employee Assistance Programmes, provided by BUPA, Ceridian Lifeworks and Right Corecare, among others.

I have worked extensively around gender, sex and relationship diversity. I am a Member of the Directory of Pink Therapy.

I conduct supervision with individuals and groups.

I have produced and presented many workshops and retreats throughout the country.

What are your professional qualifications?

I hold a Certificate in Marital Counselling (1998) from the University College of Ripon and York St.John, Leeds

I hold a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2001) and a Diploma in Supervision (2003), each accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), from The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, (CCPE), which is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Throughout each year I take part in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) across a range of psychological approaches.

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Are you accredited to a professional organisation?

I have been registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) since 2002.

My work was successfully audited by UKCP in May 2010.

I am a Service Provider with BUPA and AVIVA.

I am listed in the directories of UKCP, Counselling Directory, Counsellingpages and Pink Therapy.

Do you subscribe to a code of professional ethics?

My therapeutic work is conducted in accordance with the Codes of Ethics and Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Are you professionally insured?

Yes I carry full professional liability insurance.

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Do you receive ongoing training?

Yes. In the past year I attended training days on CBT for insomnia, working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, exploring dreamwork and understanding the supervisory relationship.

Do you receive regular supervision?


Where are you located?

In the City of London Near St.Paul's Cathedral, off Ludgate Hill. See Map


The nearest stations are St.Paul’s (Central Line), Blackfriars (District Line ), and City Thameslink.
Ludgate Hill stands at the crossroads of several London bus routes, accessing most rail stations.
Location details and full directions will be given when a first appointment is agreed.
Appointments available throughout the day on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

In Rye, East Sussex, close to Hastings, Tenterden and Ashford. See Map

On Mondays and Tuesdays I work at The Elysian Centre, 18 Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AD in Rye town centre and a short walk from Rye station.

The journey from Rye to London takes 1 hour and 30 minutes, via St.Pancras International and Ashford.

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What is your availability?

Daytime and evening appointments available as follows:

Central London on Wednesday and Thursday
Rye on Monday and Tuesday

I am not able to see clients at weekends.

What about confidentiality?

Our work together is confidential.

I aim to be fully compliant with current GPDR legislation and to let you know how I use and protect the data you give to me. At our first meeting I give all clients a form which explains fully why I collect and keep specific data and what I do with it.

I hope to offer you choice and control in the way your data is used. You are invited to consent to my keeping specific data. Consent is not a precondition of the services I offer. You can withdraw consent at any time, without detriment.

In exceptional cases, ( eg. if a client reveals current abuse of children or intention to cause serious physical harm to him/herself or others), counsellors have a professional and ethical duty to inform clients that they may find it necessary to take this information outside of counselling. For this reason, I may request the name and address of your General Practitioner. Any action is discussed with you first.

The email contact form on this website is not available to WebHealer staff and is not stored on its systems. The message has the same security level as normal email.

I have ongoing supervision to support and ensure my practice is safe. When I share client material or images this is always done confidentially, protecting your identity.

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What are your fees?

Individual therapy London : £80, Rye: £50
(per 50 minutes)
Couples counselling London: £100, Rye: £60 (per 50 minutes)
Supervision London £70/£90 , Rye £50/£70 (per 50/80 minutes)

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What happens if I have to cancel an appointment?

If you are unable to make an appointment for any reason please inform me in good time and I will make every effort to reschedule within the same week.

An appointment missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, and/or if you have not called to find an alternative space in the same calendar week will be charged in full.

If you miss 2 sessions without contacting me, your contract may be terminated and all charges applied.

You will not be charged for sessions if I am away or forced to cancel.

How long do sessions last?

Individual and couples sessions are 50 minutes long and begin at the time booked. Supervision sessions are either 50 minutes or 80 minutes long.

If you arrive after the start time, the time you have lost will not be made up at the end of the session.

Sessions are normally arranged on a weekly basis, at the same time and at the same place, but I offer some flexibility for those whose patterns of work are subject to change.

How do I arrange an appointment?

Click here to e-mail or call me on 07939 393567

There will be an answerphone for your message if I am unavailable and I will return your call as soon as possible.

Can I refer myself?

Yes you can. Sometimes people are referred by their family doctor, their Employee Assistance Programme or by a friend, or they can refer themselves.

Sometimes a check-up with your GP is a good idea to see if a problem, such as depression or anxiety, has an underlying medical cause.

Do you work with couples?

Yes I do. Relationship counselling is available in both my Central London and Rye locations. It is not my usual practice to work with a couple if I have already formed a therapeutic relationship with one of the individuals in a couple. I work with couples from the start, together.
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Do you work with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people?

Yes I do. I have worked extensively with gender, sex and relationship diversity Learn more

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Do you work with clients who have medical insurance?

I am a registered Service Provider with BUPA

Please obtain a valid Pre-Authorisation Number from your healthcare provider before scheduling a first appointment with me.

Do you work with clients on the telephone or online?

Yes - please see my online therapy page.

What happens at a first session?

Our first session together is an assessment:

  • to put you at your ease about the whole process of therapy
  • to allow you to describe the issue you would like to explore
  • to allow me to discover something of your personal history
  • for both of us to see if we can work together.

  • If you are unsure whether or not to continue with therapy, you are under no obligation to continue beyond a first appointment, although the usual fee will be charged for it.

    If we do agree to work together, I will offer you an informal contract, which explains the timings of sessions and what happens in the event of cancellations or missed sessions.

    What actually happens in the course of a session?

    The normal format is that of a conversation, in which you are free to speak about whatever you wish, in complete confidence.
    I respond in a constructive and non-judgemental way.
    Sometimes the conversation will flow; sometimes it may move into silence.
    Occasionally I may suggest working in a non-verbal way, with pens and paper, for example, or by focusing attention on what you are feeling in your body.

    It is difficult to be more specific than that, because so much depends on the issues you bring, the goals we set for our work together and the ways in which our personalities interact.

    How does counselling draw to a close?

    If a set number of counselling sessions have been agreed, the contract comes to an end when they are completed, although the number of sessions may be extended beyond the number first proposed, by mutual agreement.

    Notice of two to four weeks should normally be given before ending therapy, so that we can review our work together and make an satisfactory ending.

    What is your Privacy Policy?

    Following guidance from my governing body, the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), I aim to be fully compliant with current GPDR legislation and to let you know how I use and protect the data you give to me. I wish to be transparent with regard to the processes I have in place. Identifiable information, if shared, will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
I hope to offer you choice and control in the way your data is used. You are invited to consent to my keeping specific data. Consent is not a precondition of the services I offer. You can withdraw consent at any time, without detriment.
I do not keep process notes. When I decide to do so, I shred and dispose of this confidential material as soon as possible, often after supervision. I keep minimal content notes which I hold for seven years. After this time frame, they are disposed of securely. You have a right to see the information I hold about you should you wish to. You have a right to change any information which you consider to be incorrect. Though there are some details I need to keep due to legal and professional obligations, you can ask me to delete all/any of the information that I hold by emailing me at [email protected]
    I occasionally use creative interventions, but any drawings or art done in session is yours. I will store this material safely and dispose of it in a timely manner. I will never use any of your data/artworks for writing, publishing, research or training purposes.
I promise to keep all sensitive data safely. This involves my anonymising, using passwords and encrypted documents. I keep all written notes in a locked document store and dispose of them after seven years. No one but myself, as data processor and controller in my practice, has access to the information gathered and held during our work together.
    While we work together, I store your name, phone number and email address in an encrypted database, which is protected by a password. When we discontinue working, I retain your name, phone number and email address, together with the location, starting and ending dates of our work together in the same protected environment.
    I do not store any of your personal details on my mobile phone. I only contact you in response to you or concerning appointments. I dispose of client emails, phone and text messages on a weekly basis. I do not engage with clients through any social media.
I have ongoing supervision to support and ensure my practice is safe. When I share client material or images this is always done confidentially, protecting your identity.
In the event of a sudden cessation of practice - eg through an accident or death,- I have appointed a professional executor to manage things on my behalf. This is arranged for your welfare as my client and every step is taken to ensure GDPR standards are met.

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