Ian West

Ian West

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Colchester

Colchester CO1
Sessions from £60.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates


I currently have availability Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 08:00 - 20:00 and weekends from 09:00 - 14:00. 

About me and my therapy practice

I am a BACP Registered and Counsellor & Psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience in working with individuals, and groups of all ages, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds. I am based both in Colchester CO1 & London EC2. Dependent on your presenting issues/needs I will draw on cognitive, psychodynamic, attachment and relational theories and concepts, to provide either short-term-focused counselling/therapy or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy.

Most of us, will at some point, and for various reasons, experience emotional and/or psychological challenges which can impact upon and limit the quality of our lives. Relationship difficulties or being 'stuck' in self-defeating/repeating unwanted patterns of behaviour, perhaps finding it hard to accept feelings around past/present/future life events, or maybe anxious, angry, sad or depressed about life in general. In these situations, counselling and psychotherapy can be of benefit in offering a space where you can talk openly about yourself and be listened to and understood, in a way that is perhaps difficult to find with, or ask of, family, friends and work colleagues.

I offer a confidential, safe and reliable place for you to make sense of your current difficulties, and the establishment of a trusting therapeutic relationship will help you to explore any past formative experiences and future concerns, which may be impacting your present-day choices/decisions, and in the ways that you form and maintain relationships with others, and how you see, think and feel about yourself.

My first session

Our first session will involve a consultation session to explore your reasons for seeking therapy. Following the initial contact, usually, an assessment takes place, which also provides an opportunity to explore the presenting problem and the events that led up to its development and to locate it within the context of the individual’s life history.

Within this initial consultation, I focus on aspects of the presenting issue, if there is any mental health or prescribed medication, how clients mobility and physical health is, if there are any psychological or emotional issues, I will explore family dynamics and attachment issues, and possibly if required assess any safeguarding, physical, mental, sexual, or domestic abuse issues.

Another aspect of the consultation is to assess whether Integrative/psychodynamic counselling is the most appropriate form of help at that time. The need to make any referrals to either more experienced therapists that focus specifically in areas that may unfold within the consultation. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Career coaching, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Life coaching, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Spirituality, Trauma

Types of therapy

Adlerian, Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Cognitive analytic therapy, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Family therapy, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Neuro linguistic programming, Person centred, Phenomenological, Primal therapy, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Groups, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

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