Steve Smith
Cost and useful info

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and usually take place once a week, ideally at the same time.  The earliest sessions available begin at 9 am, the latest begin at 8pm.


Daytime and evening sessions are offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at locations in Balham, a couple of minutes walk from Tooting Bec Tube and in Battersea just off Northcote Road.

The Balham counselling room is in a building shared with other counselling services and the room in SW11 is in premises until recently occupied by the Battersea Pastoral Centre Counselling Service.

Balham Map

SW11 Map

Initial session

The first session is an opportunity to see what it feels like to work together.  At the end of that session you can decide whether to commit to more sessions, leave it there, or go away and think about it for a few days.

Fixed term or open-ended

If we decide to work together we can agree on a fixed number of sessions or decide to continue on an open-ended basis.


I charge £20 for the initial session.  After that each session costs £45.  I offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions for people who are students or on a reduced income - please feel free to ask if concessions are available at the moment.

I ask you to give a minimum of 24 hours notice to cancel, otherwise the full payment will be due.

Is counselling confidential?

Anything discussed in the sessions is strictly confidential.  The only exception is if there appears to be a risk to you or anyone else.  This would be discussed with you before any disclosure took place.

Useful/interesting links:-

Relaxation Exercises and more

All in the Mind BBC R4

Mindfulness: Jon Kabat-Zinn Seminar    (gets interesting about 13 minutes in)                                             

Useful books:-

Manage Your Mind: Gillian Butler and Tony Hope. OUP

A simple and very practical guide outlining basic strategies to help you tackle problems and get more out of life.

Overcoming Depression: Paul Gilbert. Robinson

A self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques - one the generally very good 'Overcoming'... series that includes titles on anxiety, obessive compulsive behaviour, anger and low self esteem.

And if you'd like to read in more depth about Existential Psychotherapy:-

Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy in Practice: Emmy van Deurzen. Sage

The essential, inspiring introduction to the subject.

The Interpreted World: Ernesto Spinelli. Sage

Another essential, but perhaps not quite as accessible to the general reader.

How to be an Existentialist (or How to Get Real, Get a Grip and stop making excuses): Gary Cox. Continuum.

Highly readable introduction to the philosophy behind existential counselling that also manages to be full of very valuable practical insights into how to live better.