Derek Williams

Qualifications and Professional Body Memberships

For in excess of 25 years I worked in the City of London, latterly as a partner and head of department for a well-known firm of solicitors. I retrained and achieved a post graduate diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and now practice as a UKCP accredited and registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and a full member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MBSCH). I adhere to the rules of professional conduct for UKCP, BACP and BSCH.

Philosophy

As a therapist my aim is to assist clients in enabling them to make informed decisions about issues they face, their life and their life journey so that they are free to choose the course they take without being “pushed” in any particular direction.  I firmly believe that awareness of why and how we behave or make decisions enables us to have choices so that we are then able to make decisions and modify our behaviour in our best interests when it is appropriate for us to do so.

Way of working

I work with the conscious element of personality assisting appropriate behavioural changes and the unconscious so that reasons for feelings, thoughts and behaviours may be understood and change or growth attained. My approach is integrative which ensures an opportunity to be listened to in a strictly confidential, secure and safe setting. This allows issues to be understood and appropriate solutions identified as quickly and appropriately as possible. My various qualifications (in both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy) permit me to work with clients in an innovative and creative fashion so that lasting change at a core level may be achieved. Because I practice as an integrative psychotherapist I am not bound to any one philosophy and so am able to choose and agree with each client which therapeutic approach (from cognitive (CBT) through humanist or psychodynamic to existential) is appropriate. Often a mixture or a purely personalised approach is best.

Professional Experience

In addition to my private practice I also work with the NHS in a secure mental health unit facilitating group psychotherapy for patients. I have also worked as a volunteer with various mental/sexual health and minority organisations providing psychotherapy and counselling. In addition I am a trustee and director of a small charity which provides low cost psychotherapy for those unable to afford the cost of private treatment. Because of my previous work in the City of London as a solicitor I have personal experience of working in pressured and stressful environments. Many of my clients also work in the City and many have conflicts between their work and personal lives that they have decided to address in therapy. Those conflicts may arise or be exhibited through stress, anxiety, sex or sexual issues, relationship issues, depression substance/alcohol abuse or behavioural problems such as addictive behaviour and so on.