Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings that you have.
Sometimes, the term ‘counselling’ is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a specific type of therapy in its own right.
Other psychological therapies include psychotherapy and relationship therapy (which could be between members of a family, a couple or work colleagues). Whether it is Counselling or another type of talking therapy which is provided will be down to the individual therapist and the client’s needs.
Our low-cost counselling is available Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 5pm to people on low or no income.
Cost: £12 to £35
For this counselling we require that you ask your GP or health professional to fill in our referral form. Many health professionals have copies of these forms already, otherwise they need to contact us.
We are accepting new referrals for in-person, Zoom and telephone based counselling.
Once the referral form is received, we will make an appointment with you for an assessment interview. During the assessment interview we will discuss what we can offer, and you will get to choose one of the therapies listed above.
Self-referral counselling is provided by our team of therapists who are experienced counsellors and psychotherapists and provide therapy at a reasonable fee with some concessionary spaces. They offer flexibility of long or short term therapy, and at a time that is suitable for you.
Cost: £35 to £65
Please review the counsellor profiles below and fill out the enquiry form.
I am a qualified humanistic integrative counsellor with over 15 years of counselling experience and adhere to BACP code of ethics.
I strongly believe that counselling helps when we feel that the demands of life seem to outweigh our ability to cope. Talking therapy will provide you with help to explore issues that may be affecting you. I provide you with a space to enable you to feel empowered and supported. We will work together to explore your feelings, whilst ensuring you are given every opportunity to just ‘be’. You can bring to the session any issues and/or feelings that you want to share. You will be listened to, and supported, throughout your counselling process and during your personal growth.
I can help with issues such as anxiety/depression trauma, relationship issues, family difficulties, abuse, self esteem and confidence building. What invariably every person who attends counselling is looking for, is to feel better! The benefits of therapy are far reaching and include:
I've a Diploma in humanistic counselling (CPPD), an Advanced diploma in humanistic counselling (CPPD) and
vast experience of supporting adults, young people and children with a range of different issues.
I am a fully qualified UK trained counsellor, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor.
My core philosophy is Humanistic and initial training as a counsellor is the Person-centred approach however, I do work in a relational integrative approach. I work with adults, couples, families and individuals. Contacting a therapist might seem daunting at first, but I aim to help you make sense of difficult thoughts and feelings in a sensitive and non-judgemental way. Talking about your problems in confidence can feel relief and help you feel less alone and overwhelmed.
As a psychotherapist, I am an empathic, integrative counsellor where I will enable you to empower yourself to change. The key for change is the therapeutic relationship between us which is that of trust, congruence, honesty, being genuine and acceptance. Therapy is a life-long journey of personal development, growth, to self actualise and to be fulfilled as an individual.
Carl Rogers wrote that 'We are the Authors of our Lives.' I write articles on Mental Health Issues which have been published in the UK press and I also am on LIVE radio for a London based radio station appearing weekly discussing psychological issues.
I am fluent in English and spoken Greek.
I am a fully qualified and NCS registered CBT/REBT Therapist. I offer in-person, phone and online counselling to identify and challenge any negative thinking patterns and behaviour - which may be causing people difficulties. Helping the client to change the way they feel about situations and enable them to adapt their behaviour in future.
This may range from anxiety, depression, addiction, bulimia, OCD, phobias, PTSD and panic attacks – helping people understand more about their conditions and enable them to make better choices for themselves and deal with the problems more effectively.
My primary concern in therapy is to create a therapeutic alliance that would help people to feel safe to express their concerns as openly as they can. I try to understand the problems people encounter in living and use the CBT/ REBT model - which focuses on how thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect feelings and behaviours and teach people coping skills for dealing with different problems.
My approach is informed by various bodies of therapeutic knowledge, all of which emphasise the importance of collaborative work towards achieving greater clarity about a persons experiences, values and what they are prepared to do to live a more meaningful and satisfying life.
I have developed a keen interest in how people negotiate their complex feelings of belonging and help to reshape their sense of identity. I enjoy working with people from a diverse cultural background and I maintain a policy of strict confidentiality - adhering to the guidelines of National Counselling Society and I am a member of BABCP.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of coming to see me, get in touch to arrange an initial session.
I am a qualified music therapist with 20 years’ experience working with children and adults with disabilities, adults with mental health issues and people living with dementia. I completed my MA in music therapeutic studies at the University of the West of England in 2018, which is where I began studying Guided Imagery & Music (GIM). I am now a Level 3 advanced trainee with primary trainer Leslie Bunt, and am regularly supervised on my work.
Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) is a type of music psychotherapy that involves listening to specially chosen programmes of music, in a deeply relaxed state. The music acts as a co-therapist, accessing the inner world in a similar way to Jung’s Active Imagination technique. By accessing these creative, deeper layers of consciousness, the client is able to find different perspectives on presenting issues, and discover hidden resources which may support them in their day to day lives.
A typical session lasts 1.5 hours and begins with a short discussion about the client’s current state, followed by an induction which focuses on the breath, to help the client relax. The therapist then chooses an appropriate programme of music (which has been developed and tested over many years), designed to aid the client to work with the presenting issues identified in the preliminary conversation. For example, there are programmes that focus on grieving, being in transition, or searching for something, and others that may offer containment and support, as in the comforting and nurturing programmes. During this part of the session the therapist and client maintain a verbal dialogue about the client’s experiences with the music, which is reflected on after the music part of the session. Integration may also be aided by the use of mandala art work, to help the client anchor the experience, make sense of it in relation to their presenting symptoms or issues.
I have also undertaken mentalisation training with ICAPT, recently completed a course on Jungian Clinical Concepts with The Centre for Applied Jung, and the Knowledge Understanding Framework for Personality Disorder within the NHS. I am a member of the British Association for Music Therapy, am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, and am an Associate Member of the Association of Music Imagery.
I strongly believe in the power of music to reach people, and have seen time and again how its creative power touches us in ways that are least expected, helping us to find new solutions to life’s issues. I find it a privilege to accompany clients on their creative journey, and believe strongly in the importance of offering a safe secure space to explore whatever the client wishes to bring to the session.
GIM is suitable for people suffering with anxiety, stress and depression, and can be modified for those who have suffered trauma. It can also be helpful in aiding relaxation and pain management, but is not suitable for people currently experiencing a psychosis. This will be available from September 2019 and on a referral basis only.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change." - Carl Rogers.
Trained in the Person-Centred approach of Counselling and Therapy, my aim as Counsellor is to develop a therapeutic relationship, giving full attention to the whole person, through deep and empathic listening, holding a space where we can explore and reflect together; worries, pain and experiences that may cause mental distress and stagnation in your life. My purpose as a therapist is to create the optimal conditions where deep self-learning inductive to a lasting change can take place.
I work with: Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Addictions, abuse, low self-esteem and difficult relationships