Professional private counselling and therapy

I aim to create a safe place in which you feel really listened to’

Welcome to my counselling website. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and, having worked as a counsellor in the NHS and for Kingston Council, I now have a private practice in Surrey.

I offer both in-person sessions in Coulsdon, Surrey and online counselling via Zoom. If you are considering online counselling for the first time, I find that it offers most of the benefits of face-to-face sessions and that those people who are at first wary of meeting online soon forget we are not in the same room, with some preferring the online experience.

Please read on to find out more about my approach to counselling and for my contact details. I look forward to hearing from you. All the best,

James Clatworthy

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, with adults and teenagers, and have an Enhanced DBS certificate to work with children. Sessions last 50 minutes at a cost of £60 per session, including the first session.

The counselling room

About me

I decided to become a counsellor after I had benefitted from having counselling myself. I have a first-class honours degree in integrative-relational counselling from Middlesex University and am a fully qualified Rewind therapist for the treatment of PTSD. In addition, I am a trained adoption-support counsellor and have experience helping people with OCD and addiction issues (alcohol, eating, sex, the internet). There is a link at the top of this page to reviews I have written on some good books and films on these subjects, including on adoption, which I have a particular interest in as an adopted person myself.

Additional training and experience: 

  • Rewind therapist registered with the International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy
  • Certificate in Adoption Support Counselling (Albany Centre)
  • Issues relating to boarding-school education (Boarding School Survivors; and Dorset Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
  • Addiction (The Meadows, Arizona; and KeyStone Center, Pennsylvania)
  • Mindfulness (Dialogue Consultancy).


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


Phone: 00 44 7502 210890.

Visit my BACP profile.