Keith Silvester

Contact Details

Rotherhithe/Bermondsey area, London Bridge area, London , SE16 / SE1
Website (1):


500 metres from London Bridge station, Jubilee/Northern line exit. Turn right along Tooley Street, and proceed two blocks past the London Dungeon. Opposite Hilton.

Fees & Charges

Currently charge £60 per hour for individual counselling, therapy and supervision, and £65 for work with couples. Three working days' notice required for cancellations. Long-term and short-term contracts as appropriate. Appointments need not be a regular fixed time. Early mornings, afternoons and evenings available. Wheelchair access only at London Bridge location.

For consultancy, training and team-building: £300-£500 per day.


Ground Floor Room But No Wheelchair Access, Online/Internet Counselling, Skype Video Counselling, Telephone Counselling.

My clients

Gender & Sexual Minorities Experienced:
Cross Dresser/Transvestite
Kink/BDSM (all gender/sexualities)
Other Gender Variant
Trans F2M
Trans M2F
Age ranges:
Seniors (60+)
Young Adults (16-24)
Relationship Styles:
Friend and Family members

About me

I am a white, Jewish gay man, brought up in London and lived in various places such as Swansea, Manchester, Brighton, Israel and the Netherlands.   Graduating from the University of Cambridge, I then trained and worked in community work and then in counselling, therapy and psychotherapy training.  I have particular interests in architecture and design, politics, postmodernism and social change, travel and the Alexander Technique. 

I began counselling at London Friend, an LGBT voluntary helpline service, in the early 1980s, where I was subsequently its convenor, and then served on the committee of National Friend for some years.

My core professional training is in Psychosynthesis, having graduated at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in north London where I was subsequently a training supervisor and group relations leader.  From 2003 to 2010 I was employed as Director of Programmes of the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust in central London, where I continue to work as a freelance trainer and supervisor.  For many years I was a community worker, freelance trainer and organisational consultant, specialising in team-building in the voluntary and arts sectors. Between 1993 and 2003 I was Head of the Student Counselling and Advisory Service of the Central School of Speech and Drama in north London.

As a Clinical Associate of Pink Therapy I have been particularly involved in the Sexual Minority Therapist accreditation scheme and run a workshop on Self-esteem Injury and Social Context.

Further details about me can be found on my website:

Sexual & Gender Identity:
Gay - Male

Experience and approach

Specific experience and training:

Trained and qualified in Psychosynthesis counselling and psychotherapy.  Psychosynthesis is an integrative therapeutic approach suited to dealing with most types of problems encountered in the therapy room.  Originally developed by Roberto Assagioli, an Italian psychiatrist acquainted with Freud and Jung, Psychosynthesis takes in a whole-person perspective where a person's past events and life development are considered alongside issues of values, aspirations, passions and quality of human relationships.  As such we integrate and make appropriate use of approaches such as Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Systems Theory, Psychoanalysis and non-western philosophies of mindfulness and meditation. Philosophically, Psychosynthesis is open to all kinds of human experience without homophobic assumptions about sexuality.  

Subsequent post-qualification training and experience has been varied.   I have recently trained in Lifespan Integration, a unique approach developed by Peggy Pace, and I am a qualified practitioner of the Alexander Technique.  For many years I served on the national complaints committee of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I am currently Chair of Training Standards of the Humanistic and Integrative College of the United Kingdom Counselling for Psychotherapy.  For many years I have also been on the board of the European Federation for Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, I hold an MSc in Training from the University of Leicester, and for many years sat on the Quality Committee of the School of Psychology at the University of East London, as part of the role of training director of the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust.

Therapies Practiced:
Business/Career Coaching, Counselling, Life coaching , Psychosexual therapy, Psychotherapy, Supervision/Consultation.
Specialisms and interests:

I am a generalist working with individuals and couples on many different types of personal and relationship issues including: anxiety and depression, self-confidence, life-crisis and direction, childhood trauma, conflict and relationship breakdown, sexual functioning and obsessional behaviour.  I am happy to work with all gender identities and on issues of kink and BDSM.  As a trainer and supervisor I have many years experience of working with therapy practitioners and students in training up to Masters level and beyond.  As an organisational consultant I specialise in team-building, management and interpersonal relations. 

Theoretical approach:
Attachment Theory (Psychodynamic), Brief Dynamic, Couple Therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Group Therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Intercultural/Transcultural, Interpersonal, Narrative Therapy, Other, Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Relational, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Systemic, Transactional Analysis, Transpersonal.
Ethical Framework:
BACP, Constituent of UKCP.


Diploma in Counselling
Institute of Psychosynthesis, London (Jun 1986)
Diploma in Psychotherapy
Institute of Psychosynthesis, London (Sep 1990)
BACP Accreditation
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Nov 1992)
UKCP Registration
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (Sep 1993)
Diploma in Supervision
Institute of Psychosynthesis, London (Jun 1996)
Advanced Accredited Sexual Minority Therapist
Pink Therapy (Jan 2011)
UK Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Jun 2008)
BACP Senior Accreditation current
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Mar 2011)
Alexander Technique
Alexander Teacher Training School, London (Mar 2013)
BACP Accred.
BACP Senior Accred

Issues and problems I can help with:

Addictions/Compulsive behaviours, Ageing Issues , Agoraphobia, Anger Management, Anxiety/ Panic Attack, Autistic Spectrum, Bereavement/Grief, Childhood Sexual Abuse (Perpetrators), Childhood Sexual Abuse (Survivors), Civil Partnership Preparation/ Dissolution, Co-Dependency, Coming Out Issues, Compulsive Behaviours (Sex, Gambling, Spending, etc), Cross Dressing/ Transvestism, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Dating And Relationship Skills, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Drug/ Alcohol Misuse, Eating Difficulties/ Anorexia/ Bulimia, Emotional Growth & Development, Executive Coaching, Gender Identity Concerns, Harrassment, HIV/ AIDS, Homophobic Bullying, Hypochondriasis, Intimacy Issues, Kink/BDSM Identity Concerns, Learning/ Physical Disability issues, Life Coaching, Organisational/Life Management, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress, Psychosomatic Illness, Rape/ Sexual Assault/ Sexual Trauma, Relationship Issues, Religious Conflicts, Self Esteem/Confidence, Sexual Arousal/ Desire Difficulties, Sexual Problems/Dysfunction/Desire Discrepancies, Shame/Guilt, Spiritual Counselling, Stress Management, Suicidal Behaviour/Ideation, Transgender, Trauma, Workplace Issues.


Contact us by: Email: | Telephone: 07971 205323 | Post: Pink Therapy, BCM 5159, London WC1N 3XX