A need to talk. A need to be listened to.

As a society, we are served by a myriad of technological advances whereby we can communicate at any time of the day or night.

In spite of this we can still feel very much alone with our difficulties and problems. Counselling offers a valuable space where you can both talk and be listened to.

The counselling process presents an opportunity to help you explore new ways of learning to cope. This is undertaken within a private, secure, confidential and enabling setting.

Update Summer 2020

During this ongoing Covid-19 experience, I am working as usual but remotely. Currently offering telephone appointments instead of face to face.

Please email or telephone me for an initial consultation.

Some discounted slots available at this time. Please contact for further details.


Why do people come for counselling?

At least one in four of the UK population experiences mental health problems at some stage in their lives.

Life can be extremely difficult with unexpected challenges, unanticipated crises and painful transitions. Sometimes it can be an accumulation of traumatic events that can leave us feeling vulnerable. At other times, it can be a strong need to make sense of what is going on, when we’re surrounded by chaos and discontent.

Whether it’s addiction issues or employment stress, bereavement or depression, life changes or relationship breakdown – Counselling can be a positive way to move forward into healthy change, healing and recovery”


“My aim is to help and aid you move ahead with your future rather than feeling trapped and dwelling on your past.”

Counselling with compassion

Phil Kenny is a Senior Accredited Counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), offering counselling sessions based from his practice in South London. In his own words, he describes his experience as a practitioner – as well as the vision and values he holds dear.

It has been a special privilege to have had a career in the mental health profession for many years. This has included working in various NHS settings, the private sector (Nightingale and Priory Hospitals London) and the following charites: Everyman, Firefighters Charity, Maytree, Mind and Survivors UK. I have also worked in education (Barnet and Hendon Colleges) and the Prison Service (Holloway and Pentonville). This varied employment pathway has enabled me to work with hundreds of people throughout the UK; those who have presented with a vast spectrum of emotional pain and distress.

I am now transferring from the charity and statutory services and makeing available my wide therapy experience and track record, in a private capacity, to help you address personal issues that are leaving you feeling drained and defeated. With professionalism and respect, I offer a straight forward, matter-of-fact and direct style – one that is relevant to exploring the life concerns you are struggling with. I will listen to you in an approachable, empathic manner. You will be treated with concern, dignity and value.

A safe, constructive space where you can be yourself

Whilst the counselling experience doesn’t benefit everybody, most clients I have seen have gained something from their attendance. Some clients referred by their GP whom I have seen have been initially sceptical about opening up to what is termed as ‘talking therapies’. They have been surprised to discover just how beneficial they have found the experience to be. Clients have commented on feeling comfortable and being listened to, which aids and encourages them to open up and talk about the issues in their lives that are causing them distress. Frequently, clients have used the words helpful, useful and valuable when describing their experience at their final appointment. Other common words that have emerged are highlighted as follows:

  • informative
  • non-judgemental
  • positive
  • challenging
  • reflective
  • understanding
  • strengthening
  • enlightening
  • insightful
  • supportive

Services available

  • Individual counselling appointments, including assessments
  • Couple counselling
  • Skype counselling
  • Telephone counselling
  • Supervision for both qualified and trainee counsellors
  • Training on the topics of mental illness and mental wellbeing
Time of day
Individual counselling*
£75.00 per 50 minute session (Mon-Fri)
£95.00 per 50 minute session (Mon-Fri)
£95.00 per 50 minute session (Sat-Sun)
09.00 - 17.00
17.00 - 21.00
All Day
Couple counselling
£120.00 per 50 minute session (Mon-Fri)
£135.00 per 50 minute session (Mon-Fri)
£135.00 per 50 minute session (Sat-Sun)
09.00 - 17.00
17.00 - 21.00
All Day
Skype/telephone counselling
£55.00 per Appointment
£75.00 per Appointment
£75.00 per Appointment
09.00 - 17.00
08.00 - 09.00
17:00 - 21:00
£65.00 per 50 minute session (Mon-Fri)
£85.00 per 50 minute session (Mon-Fri)
£85.00 per 50 minute session (Sat-Sun)
09.00 - 17.00
17.00 - 21.00
All Day
Price on application

What others say…

I have known Phill Kenny for over 4 years while working with him has his recruitment consultant, finding him between 5 – 10 contracts over this period of time. He worked as a counsellor in a number of different settings within the private sector and the NHS. Phil would always be the first counsellor I would approach when looking for a counsellor. The feedback he had from every manager I worked with was very good. His time keeping was always exceptional, his knowledge of the mental health industry was extensive and he was always able to work well in a team. More importantly, the feedback on this recovery rates and the way he worked with the patients in each service around the UK was next to none. His contracts were always extended due to his outstanding work and the patients wanting to continue to work with Phil. I would highly recommend Phil to anyone looking to work with him.

Declan Connor  - Business Director, Hunter Mental Health
Declan Connor

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need to talk to someone about problems that have piled up but they are unable to cope with.
In this modern age a listening ear is not easy to find – people have their own problems to cope with. When someone like Phil Kenny comes along offering kindness, loyalty and most important of all a listening ear, it should be taken advantage of. I have known Phil Kenny for more years than I can remember and I have found he possesses all of the above and more

Dame Cleo Laine - Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Dame Cleo Laine

Phil is an excellent mental health counsellor and works to the highest professional standards. He is compassionate, sensitive and yet analytical when working with clients and is able to draw on years of clinical experience and a significant depth of knowledge.
When he worked for our service, Phil demonstrated high levels of energy and enthusiasm at all times and was fully committed to supporting patients, always “going the extra mile” for them. He possesses a great deal of professional integrity in his work with clients and keeps them in mind between sessions always reflecting on how he can improve his support for them.
If you are seeking counselling, I would recommend Phil wholeheartedly: you will be in good hands.

Steve Sheward - Senior CBT Therapist for South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
Steve Sheward

I’ve worked with Phil for a number of years now. I first found Phil a locum contract in late 2015. Since then, Phil has worked on multiple contracts with Pulse across a number of locations. I have always found Phil to be an ethical and diligent Counsellor. Whether starting new contracts, or finishing current contracts, Phil has always maintained that patient safety is at the forefront of his decisions. Pulse pride ourselves on working with high calibre candidates and I am always confident in Phil representing our agency. It’s a pleasure working with Phil and I hope to do so for many more years to come.

Myron Jordine - Senior Manager (Psychological Therapies) Pulse Healthcare Agency.
Myron Jordine

Phil has worked as a locum counsellor for the Trust twice now and I am always willing to welcome him back to the team. He is a very experienced, calm and intuitive counsellor. He shows a natural curiosity and genuine interest in what his clients bring to sessions and uses supervision and case discussions effectively to enable him to work with his clients and to empower them in their lives.
He is gentle in his manner and builds relationships easily in a non- threatening way enabling his clients to work well with him. Phil has a good working knowledge of work related stressors and the distress that these can evoke in the workplace. He works well with a diverse work population across all ages and genders.

Lisa Langley Jones Staff Counselling Manager - St Bernard’s Hospital
Lisa Langley Jones

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Alternatively I can be contacted directly on 07387 224 908

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