About Darren Cheek
A fully qualified and experienced, MBACP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist - I offer both short (6-12sessions) and longer-term counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families. With a diverse range of therapeutic experience, I am based just a few minutes from Waterloo Station and I also operate a practice in Withnell, Chorley PR6 8RY.
With an honest and open approach, I provide a confidential, supportive and safe space – where people can discuss and explore their personal issues, their choices, their behaviours, their thoughts, their beliefs and feelings – without fear of judgement, reproach or discrimination.
As an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist my therapeutic approach draws from both the Humanistic and Psychodynamic schools of thought in dealing with issues of change or acceptance. I draw on a number of approaches and styles of counselling to help clients explore and resolve their problems, and to achieve their goals and aspirations. These include Person-centred, Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles. People enter into counselling or psychotherapy for many different reasons – each person’s issues are unique, and so my focus is always on the individual and what they bring to the counselling room.
I also offer Skype and telephone sessions. I currently work online and telephone with clients within the UK and in various other countries around the world, including Pakistan and Kenya.
A fluent British Sign Language user, I also work with D/deaf clients - adults, children and young people alike.
My training, work experience and any achievement
Graduated with BA(hons) and have since gone on to to study Counselling Skills (OCR), Counselling Studies (CPCAB Level3), Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB Advanced Level 4 Diploma) and Humanistic Integrative Counselling (CPCAB Advanced Diploma).
For the past 16 years I have worked within the NHS, as a trainer in mental health and communication – working alongside patients, doctors, consultants, psychiatrists and students.
Other previous / current experience includes:
Resident Psychotherapist – TherapyWorks Detox Rehabilitation Centre (Pakistan).
Resident Psychotherapist – G.L.B.T.Q ‘Free2BMe’ Group (Harlow)
Resident Arts / Drama Therapist – GLYPT WMH Project (Woolwich)
Resident Young Persons and Children’s Counsellor – various UK schools.
Counsellor in the voluntary mental health sector.
Lead Tutor – CPCAB Diploma Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
I also regularly provide Individual, group sessions and mediation work, for businesses, organisations and companies in the UK and abroad.
Appointments available between 7.00am – 10.00pm
For some people, the prospect of seeking counselling can seem somewhat daunting, and for others it feels like the most natural thing in world. Therefore please do not hesitate to contact me at any time to ask any questions that you might have, to discuss your situation/circumstances, or to enquire more about about therapy and/or the way I work.
I always try to respond to any messages / emails received on the same day, and I can often see clients within 48 hours for an initial session.
Age I Work With
Client Concerns I Treat
- Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
- Academic Concerns
- Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
- Body Image
- Career Choice
- Communication Problems
- Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
- Domestic Violence
- Emotional Overwhelm
- Family Problems
- Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
- Identity Issues
- Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
- Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
- Post Partum Depression
- Pregnancy and Birthing
- Relationships and Marriage
Types of Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Existential Psychotherapy
- Feminist Therapy
- Guided Therapeutic Imagery
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Interventions
- Narrative Therapy
- Person Centered / Rogerian
- Positive Psychotherapy
- Possibility Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
Special Online Booking Offers
Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy £45 per session Withnell.
Couple Counselling/Psychotherapy £60 per session Withnell.
Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy £50 per session London. (before 9.00am / after 5.30pm: £60)
Couple Counselling/Psychotherapy £70 per session London. (before 9.00am / after 5.30pm: £80)
Please note I also provide sessions at a reduced rate. These concessions are available for students, unemployed, individuals and/or families on low income, and other individual circumstances, (as well as for Skype and telephone sessions) - please enquire for more details.
Appointments available between 7.00am - 10.00pm.
Mention ’Natural Therapy’ for a discounted first session.
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