Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy

Existential Psychotherapist in doctorate training

Approach and background

My approach to therapy is that it is a conversation between two people – you and me – about the things that really matter to you. While I will always endeavour to offer a warm and supportive space, I am also prepared to be challenging in encouraging you to tackle the trickier things as well as the simpler ones. I believe that therapy is a gift we can give ourselves, towards a more open and vital life.

My own experience of therapy is that it has been useful in addressing major issues at crucial points and, in less difficult times, it is a safe space to listen to myself, consider how and where I am now, and how else I might choose to be.

My background is in the arts, and I have a particular interest in supporting people to live their lives creatively. From an existential perspective, this might mean considering our choices more closely, looking at where we have become stuck in beliefs or the stories we tell ourselves, or using a confusing or upsetting time in life as a chance to take stock and make new choices that better suit who we are now and who we are becoming.

I am also a qualified yoga teacher and have a strong interest in embodied practice and experience.

Training, qualifications, and experience

I am counsellor in private practice working towards completion of my doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy. My doctoral research is in the embodied experience of postmenopause.

Alongside my private practice, I also work in a low-cost community mental health service. I have previously worked in an NHS cancer support service counselling both patients and carers, and in hospice bereavement support.

Before training as a therapist I worked in the arts for many years as a writer, theatremaker, facilitator, workshop leader, creative mentor, and as the co-founder and co-director of Fun Palaces, supporting local people to co-create events for community cohesion and creativity across the UK.

Relevant Qualifications

  • PGDip Existential Psychotherapy, the New School of Counselling and Psychotherapy/Middlesex University 2021.
  • Foundation Certificate in Existential Psychotherapy, the New School of Counselling and Psychotherapy/Middlesex University 2019.
  • Certificate in Intro to Person Centred Counselling, City Lit 2019.
  • 200-hour certified yoga teacher training, Yoga London 2020

I am a registered with BACP (MBACP 393483), and also a member of UKCP and of the Society for Existential Analysis. I work in accordance with UKCP policies and Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.

Availability, fees, and contact details

I currently offer individual therapy as weekly or fortnightly appointments. Sessions are 50 minutes long.

I am available in-person and online.

In-person slots are on a Tuesday evening at the Brixton Practice from 6-9pm; please contact me for current availability.

I offer a half hour introductory session for free to see how we might work together. Sessions are £70 thereafter.

You can contact me by email or read more about me and my approach at