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Des Channer

As a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists [BACP] as well as a member of the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society [NCPS], I abide by their professional code of ethics as well as undertake regular supervision with experienced colleagues that review my clinical practice on a regular basis.

Prior to entering the counselling profession, I obtained a B.Sc. (Honours) Degree in Psychology at Brunel University in 1998 and spent 17 years working in the corporate sector as a Network Manager as well as a Programme and Project Manager. During my time training to be a therapist, I also worked at a variety of secondary schools as a Supply Teacher as well as with students with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities. I also spent some time working as a Specialist Pastoral Care Professional.

During the last eight years, I have worked within Barts NHS Trust as a Specialist Bereavement Counsellor at Whipps Cross Hospital where I supported both adolescents and adults in the Psychological Support Service for five years. I spent a year working as a School Counsellor at a High School in Essex and I have held my own private practice as well as work as a Student Counsellor at Newham Sixth Form FE College for the last five years. I also spent a year as an executive member of the BACP Universities & Colleges division Special Interest Group and occasionally write periodical editorials on a variety of mental health issues.

Training & Qualifications

  • Psychology B.Sc. Hon [2:1]
  • ABC Therapeutic Counselling [Level 4]
  • CPCAB Cert. in Counselling Studies [Level 3]
  • CPCAB Counselling Skills [Level 2]
  • Registrant Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)
  • Member of The National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society

I am registered on the Accredited Voluntary Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I also attend a variety of Continuing Professional Development [CPD] events to maintain and enhance my clinical knowledge and skills.


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Desmond Channer B.Sc. (Hon)
T: 07752 731 218

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