Felicity Runchman

Counsellor-Psychotherapist, London, UK
  • Attachment
  • Grief & Loss
  • Transitions
£50 /Session
£40 Online Counselling

My Approach

I am committed to providing a professional therapeutic experience in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, aiding them in exploring their lives with a view to living more fully. Helping people to ack...
I am committed to providing a professional therapeutic experience in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, aiding them in exploring their lives with a view to living more fully. Helping people to acknowledge their feelings, understand themselves better, and make beneficial changes is what I see as central to my work.

My approach to counselling/psychotherapy is integrative - meaning I draw on a range of theories and ideas to inform my interactions with clients. Much depends on the issues a client presents, the type of relationship we co-create, and what a client is seeking - for example, the opportunity to explore past experiences and relational issues, or more practical interventions to help address specific current problems.

My early training focused primarily on the Person-Centred approach to counselling/psychotherapy, which remains central to my practice. This approach identifies itself as non-directive and non-judgemental - with the empathic, accepting and honest relationship built up between counsellor and client being seen as key to psychological change. However, experience and further study has deepened my knowledge of other ways of working therapeutically. Psychodynamic theory, for example, focuses on our early relational experiences and how these may influence the way we currently feel and interact with others. Cognitive-Behavioural approaches look at how particular patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be understood and altered, and Existential counselling/psychotherapy dwells on exploration of deeper questions of meaning and value in a person's life.

I sometimes incorporate more creative and experiential therapeutic practices (for example, sandtray, use of artistic mediums, and mindfulness) into my work where it feels appropriate to a client's needs.

* I cannot take on new clients at present.
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About Felicity

I was born and brought up in Portsmouth, UK, but have lived and worked in London since 2000. Much of my work to date has involved listening to and supporting people - and this influenced my decision to formally train as a counsellor/psychotherapist just over 10 years ago. It's work that contin...
I was born and brought up in Portsmouth, UK, but have lived and worked in London since 2000. Much of my work to date has involved listening to and supporting people - and this influenced my decision to formally train as a counsellor/psychotherapist just over 10 years ago. It's work that continues to prove fascinating and rewarding - with each new encounter with a client furthering my development and understanding as a practitioner.

Over the past couple of years, I've become increasingly intrigued by the impact that new technology has been having on people's psychological health and relationships with others. This led me to train as an online therapist in 2012 and to focus the research dissertation for my MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy on young people's experience of themselves and others in online encounters. Travel is a great love of mine and I have visited and spent time in many different parts of the world over the years. This has heightened my awareness of cultural difference and my ongoing interest in working with people from a variety of backgrounds.
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Education

  • MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, Regent’s University
  • OCST (Online Counselling Services & Training) 1 Online Counselling Training
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Hackney Community College
  • BA (Hons) Theology & Religious Studies, University of Bristol

I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy), and practice in accordance with their Ethical Framework. I am also a member of ACTO (Association of Counsellors & Therapists Online).

Experience

  • Private Practice/Felicity Runchman Counselling - counsellor/psychotherapist providing face-to-face and online therapeutic services to adults presenting with a range of issues
  • Off The Record - text-based online counsellor working with young people
  • InterHealth - counsellor/psychotherapist conducting a range psychological health consultations aimed at promoting the resilience and well-being of overseas workers in the humanitarian/mission sectors. I also carried out short-term counselling here assisting clients experiencing burnout, work-related stress and issues relating to trauma.
  • YCT (Young Concern Trust) & Hope In Tottenham - school counsellor working in primary and secondary schools as well as alternative educational establishments
  • NHS/St. Leonard’s Hospital - counsellor in sexual health service
  • City & East London Bereavement Service - bereavement counsellor

Aside from counselling/psychotherapy I have over 15 years experience working in the voluntary/not-for-profit sector. This includes time spent within the British Red Cross, inner-city social housing tenancy support services, schools, substance misuse and healthcare agencies.