Counselling London

Updated:  01/05/2017

Counselling London

Life is full of stresses, pressures and choices, especially living in a city like London. Whoever you are or whatever you do, it’s likely that at some point you may encounter difficulty. Whether this relates to coping with everyday problems at work or home or a bigger crisis involving loss, sudden change, or unmanageable feelings. Poor or destructive coping mechanisms, like drinking and other addictions can make existing problems worse and not sharing them means they can start to seem insurmountable.  At these times, it can be good to talk.

Counselling is a way to help. Talking to someone who is trained to listen can help you think and identify your own solutions. In addition to supporting in times of struggle, it can also strengthen the ability to cope and strategize in the future. Counselling, or therapy can help highlight and make sense of  troublesome feelings. It provides time and space to identify where they might come from, how they play out and what they mean for you. Regular sessions can be a way to reappraise  familiar negative tendencies and to consider new ways of responding.

As the relationship with your therapist grows, your relationship with yourself  will evolve and improve. The awareness and self-knowledge gained in therapy can change things for the better. This is true for people experiencing depression, mood disorder or anxiety and for those who are encountering difficulties with the things and people around them. Counselling  is not always an easy process. But things can and will change. One to one therapy can mend, guide and empower. It can help to consolidate resources and take stock of  the internal, personal world.

 

About Me

I am a BACP registered counsellor. I have a Post-graduate Diploma in integrative counselling and psychotherapy, which is accredited by the BACP.  I am qualified and experienced in both one to one and group work. I am based in Old Street, EC2A.

I have specialist training and significant experience of working with trauma and various types of addiction. I have also worked with individuals who are adjusting to or wanting to explore difficult family relationships. Many people seeking counselling will be undergoing some type of psychological difficulty such as depression, anxiety or obsessive thoughts.  I aim to work with my clients to uncover the specific nature of these conditions and to understand how they impact on emotional and social functioning  . I see the work I do with each individual as unique and I aim to keep sight of the expectations people may have about their counselling as-well as their reasons for coming.

People turn to counselling or therapy in response to particular circumstances and/or to maintain or repair their psychological and emotional well-being.  Each individual will have different ideas about what they want or might get from it. Whatever the motivations are; distress, work or relationship problems, family difficulties, problem behaviours such as addiction or unmanageable thoughts or feelings, I aim to help clients make sense of what’s happening. This means looking at the internal, thinking and feelings and at the external surrounding world to see how this affects and is affected by the situation.

I want clients to experience counselling as helpful, constructive and enriching. The potential gains and attributes of therapy are manifold and may continue to occur when the sessions are over or have finished for good. I see counselling as providing a place to think.  My role as counsellor  is to work with clients to help this process to happen in the room and to instigate new, more productive emotional patterns and ways of being.

“Behind your thoughts and feelings my brother, stands a mighty commander, an unknown sage,- he is called the Self. He is in your body,  he is your body.”

Nietzsche,        Thus Spoke Zarathustra.   (1883).