Vanessa Benson Integrative Counsellor London E8Vanessa Benson:

Integrative Counsellor (MBACP)

My name is Vanessa Benson and I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor; my practice is based at HQ Therapy Rooms in Haggerston, Hackney, London E8. I offer a safe, supportive and confidential space to explore your concerns.

We may all at times face challenges that, for varied reasons, can have a disruptive impact on our lives.

This may be a time when you are struggling with some personal challenges and want to reflect on how to move forward. You may have feelings of being overwhelmed, low self-esteem or loneliness.

You may be going through difficulties in relationships, unable to understand your feelings, or just managing life but wanting more.

Perhaps you are struggling with your identity or sexuality or having feelings that you don’t quite belong.

Talking to someone outside your usual circle of friends and family in confidence can help us make sense of thoughts, feelings & situations that bring us anxiety or distress, allowing new perspectives to emerge, and the freedom to be more connected to our vitality and our resourcefulness.

I believe the collaborative therapeutic relationship can be key to creating meaningful change. I aim to provide a non-judgmental relationship where you can be fully heard.

I have a deep respect for individuality and personal background. I see our work together as a joint creative process where we explore your experiences and help you find a better understanding of yourself and the personal difficulties you bring.

My aim is for us to be curious together about your difficulties and your aspirations. I offer individual therapy to adults of all backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations and am mindful of the beliefs and values you hold.

As an Integrative therapist, I draw upon different theories including person-centred and psychodynamic, tailoring my approach to suit your needs. I may at times suggest we work with art materials.

The issues I work with include:
Self-Esteem/Loneliness/Motivation/Anxiety, Stress and Depression/Life Transitions/Bereavement/Sexuality and Sexual identity/Diversity and Cultural Issues of Identity and belonging/Creative blocks/ Feeling stuck with unhelpful patterns of behaviour.

Next Steps:
Please contact me below by email or by phone. I begin by suggesting an initial meeting where we can start our conversation about what is troubling you and what you are hoping to gain from therapy. From there we can decide if we are a good fit. I offer short and long term therapy.

My Fees:
£65 for assessments and ongoing therapy sessions (50 minutes)

Qualifications and Experience:
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Diploma in Counselling Skills

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) and work within their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

I hold professional indemnity insurance. I have regular supervision and am committed to ongoing professional development.

I have a BA in Fine Art. I have worked for 3 years as a Volunteer Counsellor for ELOP, an LGBTQ East London Charity.


***If you are in need of more information and guidance about therapy, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.***

Vanessa Benson – Working Hours

Monday 18:00 – 21:00 Thursday 19:00 – 21:00
Tuesday 11:30 – 16:30 Friday 08:30 – 15:00
Wednesday N/A Sat-Sun N/A

Contact Details

Vanessa Benson, Integrative Counsellor, can be reached using the following:
Telephone: 07984 081805
Email: [email protected]

Clients Vanessa Benson Works With

Client Issues Vanessa Deals With

Therapy Modalities Vanessa uses With Clients

Training and Qualifications

BA in Fine Art; Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills; Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Previous Therapeutic Experience

Volunteering for ELOP, an LGBTQIA+ charity

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence, and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored for the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy, to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.