Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Jack Schneider and I am a qualified, experienced and accredited psychotherapist and counsellor. I provide psychotherapy and counselling sessions to adults on a weekly basis at my practice in in Crouch End, North London.
People come to therapy for different reasons and these include:
- difficulties in relationships with partners, family, friends or colleagues
- anxiety, stress,
- difficulties with feelings such as anger, jealousy, stress, worry
- depression, sadness, emptiness, loneliness, hopelessness, a lack of meaning in life
- coping with loss and bereavement
- issues with intimacy or finding a partner
- problems related to marriages, families and parenting
- a lack of confidence or self-esteem
- problems related to sexuality and/or identity
- destructive behaviours
- addictions (drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography etc)
- obsessive thought patterns or behaviours
- eating disorders
- abusive or oppressive relationships
- bullying and discrimination
- problems experienced by LGBT+ such as the impact of discrimination
- traumatic experiences
Is therapy for you?
Talking to a counsellor for the first time can be a highly emotional and life changing experience for many people. You may begin to talk about matters which have troubled you for many years and a counsellor can help and support you through this process. It may also be that you are unclear as to what is troubling you and in this case speaking to a counsellor might help you to think things through.
You may not be sure why you are thinking about therapy but may feel that something is not quite right in with your life. Or perhaps you are clearer about what is troubling you. People come to therapy for various reasons. You may be having difficulties with your relationships with friends, family or colleagues. You may be feeling stuck, lost, confused, anxious or overwhelmed. You may be feeling frustrated, angry or depressed. Perhaps you are coping with a loss or bereavement. You might be having problems related to addictive or obsessive behaviours. Perhaps you feel uncertain about your identity, sexuality or sense of self. You may have experienced a shocking or traumatic experience which continues to cause you difficulties.
Some of these difficulties are likely to be manifestations of unconscious and unhelpful ways of relating - to ourselves, to our emotions and to others - which have been learnt early on in life and which can be brought to light within the therapeutic relationship. Psychotherapy can also be effective in working though traumatic events which have been difficult move beyond. Therapy can also help with incomplete grieving processes.
How does therapy actually work?
Each therapist will give a different answer but most would agree that it is therapeutic relationship which is pivotal to successful therapy. On the surface, psychotherapy appears to be simply a conversation between two people. At a deeper level, a relationship is being built and it is here that you will able to experience:
- your ways of ‘being’ with another person
- how you experience and relate to others, yourself and your emotions
- how you avoid certain thoughts, emotions and realities
- the impact of all of the above on your thinking and feeling
- your unconscious beliefs, fears and ideas on which the above are based
By noticing and ‘working through’ the patterns which are unhelpful, lasting change is possible. The therapeutic relationship therefore becomes the vehicle for change, and the stronger the relationship greater the opportunity for transformation. The relationship is also a place where new ways of relating, feeling and thinking can be experienced, emotional and traumatic wounds healed, limiting beliefs left behind and a stronger more creative sense of self built up.
What happens in therapy sessions?
I provide a safe, confidential, reflective space which is dedicated to you. It is a place where you can explore yourself, your thoughts, your needs, your relationships and your emotions. There is no fixed way of working and you may start by simply talking about what is troubling you. Gradually we will begin to find patterns in the ways that you relate to others, yourself and your emotions and it is in these patterns that most of our problems can be located and worked with. A good therapeutic relationship creates a supportive environment in which difficulties, emotions and patterns of behaviour can be not only talked about but also in some unique way experienced together.
What kind of therapy do I practise?
I would describe myself as a relational psychoanalytic therapist. This means that I pay particular attention to how your ways of being, feeling, thinking and relating (and avoiding these) are being manifested both in your current relationships and also and also in your relationship with me. Often these processes are driven by unconscious feelings, desires, beliefs and fears which can gradually be uncovered during therapy leading to greater insight and awareness and ultimately a more balanced and less conflicted way of living. Understanding that these ways of relating were shaped by past experiences can also help you to make more sense of things.
I have had a multi-disciplinary training and I am influenced by psychoanalytic theories, relational therapy, attachment theory, Humanistic-Integrative therapy, behavioural therapy, object-relations theory etc.
I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct and under the guidance of regular clinical supervision as do all registered psychotherapists.
For more info on different types of therapy click here for some useful information from the UKCP.
Psychotherapy and Counselling in North London.
The Crouch End consulting rooms are located in north London and are 30 minutes from the West End and central London. There is easy access from Muswell Hill, Highgate, Finsbury Park, Archway, Alexandra Palace and Wood Green. I also provide online video sessions. For more details see locations
To book a consultation...
If you wish to take the next step, please feel free to contact me. We can discuss what might be best for you and then perhaps arrange a consultation to see whether we feel that we could work well together. If we cannot match our availability, I am happy to refer you to one of my experienced and trusted colleagues.
call: 07549 352 977
email: [email protected]