Darren Cheek

Darren Cheek

My work

A fully qualified and experienced, MBACP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist – I offer both short (6-12 sessions) and longer-term counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families.

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.

I am bilingual and fluent in both English and British Sign Language.

Training, Qualifications & Experience

Graduated 1997 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 20 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 – G.L.B.T.Q ‘Free2BMe’ Group (Harlow)

Resident Psychotherapist – TherapyWorks Detox Rehabilitation Centre (Pakistan).

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 (2006 – 2009)

Lead Tutor – CPCAB Diploma Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.

Individual, group sessions and mediation work, for businesses, organisations and companies in the UK and abroad.

Professional Affiliations

I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). This means I adhere strictly to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Code of Ethics and Guidelines, and that I regularly attending BACP-accredited training courses and conferences – in order to keep abreast of developments in contemporary practice and theory.


Individual Psychotherapy £75 per session    (Before 9am or after 5.30pm: £80)
Couple Psychotherapy £95 per session    (Before 9am or after 5.30pm: £100)

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.

Further Information

Appointments available between 7.00am – 10.00pm

I can often see new clients within 24 hours for an initial session.

For some people, the prospect of seeking counselling can seem somewhat daunting, but for others it is very natural – therefore please do feel free to contact me at any time to ask any questions that you might have about therapy, to discuss your situation/circumstances, or to enquire more about the way I work.