I am an experienced, qualified and fully accredited psychotherapist and counsellor. This website provides information about psychotherapy and counselling and what to do if you wish to take the next step. You will also find information, articles and advice about well being along with links to resources such as other websites and helplines. I provide psychotherapy and counselling in Crouch End, North London and at London Bridge close to central London and the City.
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
Counselling and psychotherapy – what’s the difference?
Counselling often focuses on resolving a particular issue. You may want to talk about something specific which is troubling you, perhaps a difficult relationship, for example, or painful emotions, unsettling memories etc. In this case, counselling for a few weeks or months may be appropriate. Talking with someone who is trained to listen and notice unhelpful patterns or ways of thinking is quite a different experience from talking with friends or family and it is usually helpful for gaining new perspectives. This can provide a sense of relief and create a change in how you think, feel or act in situations which have been frustrating or distressing. This may well allow you to move on without any further support.
Psychotherapy aims for more profound changes to take place. Psychotherapy provides the opportunity to explore and change more unconscious patterns of relating, thinking and feeling which may be impacting on your relationships, emotions and sense of well being. These problems may have troubled you for years or they may have surfaced more recently. Psychotherapy is generally open-ended allowing time for difficulties to be worked through within a safe, supportive relationship. It is also possible, however, to arrange for fixed-term pyschotherapy in which only the more pressing matters are focused on.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on helping you to change unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. These behaviours were originally learned as responses to past experiences but may now arise as inappropriate reactions to current problems such as anxiety, stress or fear. CBT is goal oriented and is generally appropriate for treating specific issues, such as obsessive disorders, phobias, panic attacks and addictions. For some people CBT may be all that is required to modify severe or harmful behavioural patterns. Others may prefer to address issues which may be underlying and causing these behaviours.
Is therapy for you?
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.
Many of these difficulties are manifestations of more unconscious underlying issues such as unconscious fears, internal conflicts and unhelpful ways of relating (to ourselves, our emotions and to others) which can be brought to light within the therapeutic relationship. Therapy can also help with grieving process in relation to losses and bereavements which have felt unbearable. Psychotherapy is also effective at helping to work though traumatic events which due their overpowering nature have been difficult to think about and move beyond.
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.
Psychotherapy and counselling at London Bridge and Crouch End
I provide psychotherapy and counselling in Crouch End and at London Bridge. 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. The London Bridge consulting rooms are centrally located just off Tooley Street which is close to the City, central London, the West End, south London and national train links. 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]