MD Therapy Counselling in Barnes, Richmond upon Thames

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Marc Dalal Counsellor in Barnes, Twickenham & Putney

I work with clients by integrating several therapeutic approaches.

I have worked as a counsellor in private practice for four years and enjoy working independently. There is no waiting list to see me and the assessment can be informal. This gives you the chance to see if we are a good fit. Clients who have worked with me in the past are always welcome to come back to continue the relationship. My work is supervised, insured and recommended.

My training was integrative. In broad strokes I incorporate five different approaches; practical, past, parental, personal and philosophical. The relevant theorists are: Bordin, Freud, Bowlby, Rogers and Jung. Research demonstrates the therapy is effective when a bond develops between client and therapist. That relationship has to work on multiple levels, including the everyday relating to someone as a person rather than an anonymous screen.

Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including schools and the NHS with adults, adolescents and children. I have worked as a community musician, a facilitator and teacher both individually and in groups.

Some client feedback:

"This process is definitely making me happier" D

"You are a good therapist" A

"I’m really grateful for your help Marc. I’ve never had anyone who has really understood this stuff I’m talking about before. You are very kind and it is helping me feel less alone. Thank you for your energy, input and understanding." H

I have spaces for clients during the day and evening slots as well. I invite you to contact me:


I’ve been working with DON (dose of nature) recently. As part of my investment in their program I have taken to spending regular time in nature. Some of the experiences have been amazing.  The training program included experiential exercises which looked at experiencing nature through the five senses:

Visually: We benefit from looking at nature because nature is built up with fractals. The eye finds fractuals relaxing as the repeated patterns of nature are easy to take in. 

Sonically: The sounds of nature such as bird song, the sound of running water. Wind rustling through the leaves of trees opens is up to the three dimentionality of nature. 

Smell: The earth contains beneficial phytoncides which are inhaled. The bacteria in the earth, chemicals emitted by trees as they communicate with each other as just some of the complex smells nature emits

Touch: The sensation of sunlight on our skin, the feel of our bodies as we engage with nature either, walking or other activities

Taste: Blackberry hunting in summer anyone. There are plenty of edibles available for those in the know. 

The key to embracing nature is to slow down and let your curiosity take over. When I engage with nature I find myself following a pattern of wonder, discover, awe. As I wander a wood for example something catches my eye, a tree or a plane, I move closer to inspect or find something about it I could not see from further away. As my focus intensifies I feel awe as I lose myself in the infinity of nature’s possibilities, the cycles of birth & death, the polarities of decay & renewal, and the appreciation of myself as a body, an organic entity, a mobile, visiting and then leaving. Nature has been here a long time and it will be here when we’ve all gone.

A key lesson for me is a reminder that nature is a safe place to be spontaneous. To walk up to that tree, to take a different route, to try something different as nature speaks to you and invites you to sit down on that bench or look at the clouds in the sky. I often say to myself when I am in a forest and not sure where to go “let the forest guide me”. I am happy to be in their hands. I am who describes myself, but not that description.

My email is [email protected] My phone number is 07766711311

There are three more pages on this website:

ABOUT COUNSELLING: Details of how I work as a therapist, my overall philosophy and why you might consider coming into therapy

WHY CHOOSE ME?: This page goes into more detail about what areas I feel I can be of help as a therapist

PRACTICALITIES: The final page outlines detail of cost and an outline of our proposed working agreement

REFLECTIONS: Collected brief writings for my homepage

I offer a counselling service in Richmond and therapy services in Barnes, also working as a therapist in Twickenham.

Member of BACP no 798441.

My location allows me to practice as a counsellor in Barnes, Richmond, Twickenham & Putney.

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