Simon Tan

Simon Tan

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - LONDON

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About me and my therapy practice

I am a Registered Counsellor at the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (since 2013) and Senior Counsellor at the Little Portion Community Project (since 2010), a small mental health charity of which the patron is a retired Supreme Court Judge. I was an Accredited Counsellor at the National Counselling Society from 2016 to 2021.

In my career, I have worked as a lecturer in psychology, university researcher, government research officer, NHS project manager and local authority senior policy officer for health scrutiny.

My undergraduate and postgraduate training were completed at 4 universities in London, Southampton and Sheffield. I specialised in mental health and social analyses.

As a result of my advocacy work, communities across London elected me to serve as Governor of 20 major NHS Hospitals (combined they treated half of the UK population) and 5 Schools in the last two decades.

At the University of Southampton, I was elected Disability Officer in the Students Union (1997-1998) and represented issues on health & well-being for all 20,000 students (including the students who wished to disclose their disabilities).

In my professional life, I earned Fellowships of the Royal Statistical Society (2002-2021) and the Royal Society of Arts (2003-2021). I was a Senior Associate at the Royal Society of Medicine (2016-2020) and a Full Member of the Society of Expert Witnesses for 5 years (2016-2021).

On 20 October 2017 the President of the UK Supreme Court confirmed, in an official letter, my voluntary work is “fantastic” (this is a direct quote) after reading some of the charity reports.

On 12 April 2018 I became the first professional in recent British legal history to receive the recognition of being “extremely distinguished” (this is a direct quote) in an official letter from the third most senior Judge in the UK Supreme Court.

Practice description

On 13 March 2019 I won an Expert Witness Award for Mental Health from the Lawyer Monthly magazine. 

I have won numerous awards for charity work, for instance, communities successfully nominated me for a Humanitarian Award from a well respected international health support network called Healed by Compassion. Their founding patron was the Right Honourable Baroness Mary Warnock (wife of former Oxford University Vice-Chancellor).

I became an Expert in mental health at the International Criminal Court on 9 January 2019 (5-year term), as confirmed by the Office of the Director of Judicial Services.

In the last decade, I have submitted evidence on mental health services to UK Parliament’s Select Committees, been active in many All-Party Parliamentary Groups in the House of Commons and campaigned for human rights around the world.

As an expert recognised by the International Criminal Court, I have many years of experiences in helping innocent people being framed as “bad and mad”.

I help you to cope with challenges, make positive changes in your life and enhance personal well-being. I work collaboratively with clients in a holistic, insightful and facilitative way to enable you to consider change.

I listen attentively to you in a safe and confidential setting. I offer you the time, empathy and respect you need to express your feelings. I offer clients hope in times of distress.

I have extensive experiences in helping clients with a wide range of complex difficulties which may revolve around severe stress, anxiety, major life changes, bereavement, health issues, relationship break ups and general dissatisfaction with life.

I am subscribed to the UK Government's Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Update Service and regularly undergo full background checks at DBS Enhanced Level (the highest level), which I always passed. 

My first session

Through continuous professional development spanning many years, e.g. I was a Professional Member of the American Counselling Association (ACA) from 2015 to 2018, I developed a wide range of advanced skills and creative resources to help new clients feel welcome, comfortable and at ease in the initial consultation.

Building good rapport and trust with a new client is always my first goal when starting a therapy session. A strong therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client will lead to progress in the therapy sessions and provide you with a safe environment to talk about the challenges you face.

The professional experiences I accumulated over many years has advanced my skills in naturally building good rapport with clients in therapy to discuss your private and sensitive concerns in strict confidence. I approach a difficulty from the client's perspective in order to get a clear understanding of the key issues. I always give clients plenty of space to dictate the pace of the session. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Career coaching, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Eating disorders, Executive coaching, Health related issues, Identity issues, Leadership coaching, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Organisations

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited