Vanessa Onyuku-Opukiri

I am a friendly, qualified and experienced counsellor with a genuine interest what makes people tick. I worked as a counsellor in a corporate environment for over 10 years, as well as volunteering for a local community based counselling service. In addition to my private practice, I currently work as a Senior Counsellor and Clinical Team Leader for a local not for profit counselling organisation, and as a counsellor under Croydon’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.

I have a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Counselling and I’m a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the professional governing body for counsellors. I conduct my work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. You can find out more by visiting the BACP website.  

How I Work

Supporting Your Growth and Healing...

There are many different types of counselling, some of which you can find out about here.

I’m an integrative counsellor – that means that I use all my skills and knowledge of all the different approaches to come up with an approach that is tailor made for you.

I have experience is helping people with a whole range of issues – depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, anger issues, stress, bereavement, relationship breakdown, living with illness and chronic pain, childhood abuse and neglect, to name but a few.

I believe that given a non-judgemental space, time and some gentle encouragement, we can work together to get to the root of your problems. I believe that you hold the key to living your best life and it’s my job as a counsellor to help you unlock your positive potential.

I never tell clients what to do or force them to talk about things they don’t want to, but I do encourage clients to be as open and honest as they can – and I will do the same, offering insight and perspective and a safe space to talk. In my experience, the more open an honest we can be, the more you will gain from counselling. It can feel daunting to talk about things you’ve never spoken about before, but remember – you’re not alone. I’m right there with you.

Some Areas Of Counselling I deal with...
  • Abortion

  • Abuse

  • Affairs and betrayals

  • Anger management

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment disorder

  • Bereavement

  • Bipolar disorder/Manic depression

  • Bullying

  • Cancer

  • Career

  • Carer support

  • Childhood bereavement

  • Childhood bullying

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME

  • Depression

  • Disabilities

  • Discrimination

  • Domestic violence

  • Emotional abuse

  • Family issues

  • Feeling sad

  • Generalised anxiety disorder


  • Infertility


  • Loneliness

  • Low self-confidence

  • Low self-esteem

  • Miscarriage

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Panic disorder

  • Passive aggressive behaviour

  • Personality disorders

  • Phobias

  • Physical abuse

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Postnatal depression

  • Pregnancy and birth

  • Redundancy

  • Relationship issues

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

  • Self-harm

  • Separation and divorce

  • Sexual abuse

  • Sexuality

  • Spirituality

  • Stress

  • Substance misuse

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Trauma

  • Work-related stress

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