Professional private counselling and therapy

A safe place in which you feel really listened to and all aspects of your life experience are honoured.’


I’m James Clatworthy and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have worked as a counsellor in the NHS and for Kingston Council, before setting up a private practice in Epsom, Surrey.

For the time being, I am offering only online or telephone counselling. I find that video counselling offers most of the benefits of face-to-face counselling and that clients who were at first wary of meeting online soon find they forget we are not ‘face to face’, with some clients preferring the online experience. I work with a variety of apps, including Zoom, Skype and Facetime. For some, the telephone is the best option, particularly if this is only way that you are able to maintain your privacy.

What to expect

A short video in which I tell you my approach to counselling.

My training as an integrative counsellor means that I aim to fit my approach to your individual needs. This may involve exploring how patterns of behaviour from your past affect your present life. Understanding how this happens can be an empowering experience. Or you may wish to focus on a specific issue in your life without going into your past.

I aim to create a safe place in which you feel really listened to and all aspects of your life experience are honoured. Counselling provides the opportunity for you to spend dedicated time on yourself, exploring your feelings and perceptions with my support.

The first session

This is a chance for you to see how you feel working with me. I will invite you to tell me what brings you to counselling and to give me some background about your life. I suggest that you then take 24 hours to decide if you want to continue with the counselling.

I work short and long term, typically once a week for a 50-minute session. Cost is £50 with some concessions including NHS.

About me

I qualified with a First-class Honours degree in Integrative-Relational Counselling from Middlesex University.

I am a fully qualified Rewind therapist for the treatment of PTSD. I also have training in issues arising from boarding-school education, and in the use of mindfulness for stress management. In addition, I have experience helping people with OCD and addiction issues (alcohol, eating, sex, the internet); and, as an adopted person myself, helping people process their experience of adoption and explore how these feelings and perceptions fit into their lives. There is a link at the top of this page to reviews I have written on some good books and films on these subjects.

Additional training and experience: 

  • Rewind therapist registered with the International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy
  • Workshops run by Boarding School Survivors; and training on issues relating to boarding-school education (Dorset Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
  • Addiction workshops run by the Meadows, Arizona and KeyStone Centre, Pennsylvania
  • Mindfulness training for counsellors (Dialogue Consultancy).


Feel free to contact me to discuss any questions you might have or to set up a first session:

Tel: 00 44 7502 210890.

Visit my BACP profile.