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Asian woman sitting on steps looking pensive. Problems with unqualified therapists. Relationships

Problems with Unqualified Therapists

You may have seen the headlines on BBC news over the last few days about problems with unqualified therapists exploiting vulnerable patients.

With a growing number of people struggling with mental health problems in the UK, many are looking for counselling or therapy services. But the largest membership body of therapists has raised concerns that unqualified practitioners offering treatments online are potentially exploiting vulnerable people. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is calling for more awareness of the best way to seek help.

Here’s the link to the BBC news story about the problems with unqualified therapists:

Examples of problems

In one of the examples, the client, Jake said “The calls would be interrupted by background noise as the practitioner walked down the street, got taxi rides or even ate meals. He says the sessions were cut short at 20 minutes. He would be told this was his fault…”.

Jake also said “A 15-minute introductory session on the phone cost £200. Jake says he felt the practitioner was someone he could relate to and paid a further £1,200 for six 50-minute phone sessions”.

Professional, BACP-qualified counsellors and therapists go to great lengths to ensure there is minimal background noise. Also they would not cut an appointment short.

London Couples Clinic provides an  initial 15-minute call which is free. Furthermore, individual relationship therapy and individual PST costs £80 per appointment. Couples counselling  and Couples PST costs £100 per appointment.

All of our counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). They also have many years’ experience in all types of relationship counselling and therapy.  Look for the BACP logo and check that you’re seeing a fully qualified BACP counsellor or therapist.

Contact London Couples Clinic if you would like to receive counselling or therapy from an experienced, BACP-qualified counsellor.

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‘Agreeing to therapy shows that you care’

Well known couples therapist, Andrew G Marshall, explains about deciding to start relationship therapy in this newspaper article. He says that ‘agreeing to therapy shows that you care’.

Here’s a link to the article:

Here are some more selected quotes from Andrew G Marshall’s  article:

“People often ask me how a couple can tell if they would benefit from relationship therapy; how they can recognise that their problems can no longer be dealt with at home, together. There’s no simple answer, but often we get a sense that things are reaching stalemate. Perhaps you and your partner are arguing about the stupidest things and these rows quickly escalate into something nasty.”

“Personally, I’m always interested in what makes a couple seek help right now, as opposed to in the months or years during which the problems have been building. I also like to hear each partner’s individual perspective.”

Andrew G Marshall writes about relationships and is the author of The Single Trap: The Two-Step Guide to Escaping and Finding lasting Love, and I Love You But I’m Not In Love With You (Bloomsbury).

From a former client:

“I found myself agreeing to therapy at the point when we were seriously discussing moving in together. Our relationship was mostly great. But as we only spent two or three days together each week, I was worried about us getting along on a day-to-day basis. 

We’ve both had previous failed marriages and we didn’t want to go through that again. Our weekly therapy appointments enabled us to have the tough conversations without getting into stalemate situations. And ultimately we found lastly solutions to our differences. We are looking forward to a stronger future together. Thank you!”

We provide relationship therapy at London Couples Clinic both couples and individuals, and for every stage of relationships. 



Two Asian men lying side by side. How to deal with a breakup by Stephanie Ambrosius Mental Health

How to deal with a breakup by Stephanie

London Couples Clinic’s Stephanie Ambrosius contributed to an article on how to deal with a breakup and examines the pros and cons of seeking closure with an ex for The Stylist magazine. This extract particularly resonated with me:

“We see our lives in the past, present and future,” Ambrosius explains. “It’s sort of made up of puzzles; you put all the pieces together in a puzzle to create your past, to create your present or to create your future. So if everything feels like it’s going fine and then, at one moment, a part of the puzzle breaks, or goes missing, you lose sense of who you are in your story.”

“Then you start to doubt your past or the decisions you’ve made in your present, and you start to worry about the future.”

Here’s the link:

Here’s the link to Stephanie’s page:


Photo by Luban Tvaroh on Unsplash Mental Health

What is counselling really like?

Have you ever wondered what counselling or therapy is really like? If yes, then the short book ‘Counselling for Toads’ by Robert de Board might be for you. It is based on The Wind in The Willows book and it is a thought-provoking account of Toad’s experience of individual counselling. By reading the book, you should get a clear idea of what counselling is really like.

Through the book, Toad learns how to analyse his own feelings and develop his emotional intelligence. He meets his ‘rebellious child’ and his ‘adult’ along the way, and by the end of the book, is setting out on a completely new adventure.

Best-selling author, Robert de Board says: ‘Toad’s experiences are based on my own experiences of counselling people over a period of twenty years. Counselling for Toads is really an amalgamation of the many counselling sessions I have held and contains a distillation of the truths I have learnt from practice.’


Closeup of man kissing woman on her cheek at marriage. The first year of marriage can be tough. Relationships

The first year of marriage can be difficult

Many couples tied the knot over the summer and now they might be finding the first year of marriage can be difficult. The year leading up to the wedding is generally stressful. Plus there can be a massive anti-climax after the big day. After the excitement of a wedding and a honeymoon, settling into everyday life can seem plain boring. Cohabitation and marriage may seem the same but there’s one big difference, you  have signed a legal  binding contract. As you are now in a permanent union, every row seems more significant than when you were living together. 

The first year of marriage can be difficult but here’s an article with some ideas on how to help cope with those bumps along the road.


Woman and man standing close together. Life Hacks for a Successful Relationship Relationships

Life Hacks for a Successful Relationship

Andrew Marshall is a renowned therapist and his latest book is The Happy Couple’s Handbook – Powerful Life Hacks for a Successful Relationship.

“Marshall draws on thirty plus years working with over three thousand clients to give you his tried and tested tool kit for a happy marriage. It includes:

  • The rules for constructive arguments
  • How to be a better listener
  • Use carrots rather than sticks
  • How to forgive and move on”

Here’s a link to Andrew Marshall’s website: