|Works with:||Individuals, Couples|
|Locations:||TAC Clapham, TAC Tooting|
Ben Dustin provides confidential, non-judgmental counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples, placing a strong focus on developing a safe and trusting relationship, one in which you can feel free and comfortable to share your difficult thoughts and feelings openly. He places a strong emphasis on working with you to together understand your difficulties, their meaning for you, and their impact on your life, as well as what you want from counselling and therapy.
Ben believes that we all carry around ideas, assumptions and beliefs about ourselves, other people, and life in general, which inform how we live our lives. Most often we are unaware of these ideas, and so they go unchallenged, meaning that if they are unhelpful we can find ourselves living in a way which causes pain and suffering. He uses Transactional Analysis to help people gain awareness of and explore their patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a way similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). By working with people to lift the lid on these assumptions in order to examine their accuracy and usefulness and to explore healthier and more realistic ways of viewing ourselves and the world, he helps people to lead happier, more fulfilling and more satisfying lives. He also believes that it is only through accepting our difficulties that we are able to work through and gain freedom from them, and above all that freedom from emotional pain and suffering is developed through having compassion for ourselves and others.
Ben is a qualified counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). He holds a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling, and is currently in his final year of an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (in TA training as a transactional analyst). Ben works on a long and short-term basis in private practice at The Awareness Centre’s Clapham and Tooting branches. He has experience working long-term and short-term with people at the charities Mind and Age UK, as well as experience supporting people in despair and distress as a Samaritan.
Ben’s background is in teaching and law. He is interested in the creative arts and practices mindfulness and meditation.