In my more than thirty years as a practising therapist I've helped many people from different backgrounds and I work with a range of therapies depending on what is best for the client. The first session is £45 and I have a sliding scale of fees of £45-£65.
THERAPY IN LONDON
Life can throw at us more than we are able make sense of at times. This can affect you and your relationships, whether at work or in your personal life. A loss of self-confidence may lead to some critical, negative thinking. You find yourself behaving in a way you don't like, or in the same 'old situation', feeling both anxious and stressed. You know you don't want to be there, yet somehow it's happened again.
When you come to see the therapist the ‘problem’ or the symptom you are trying to understand often feels like it is just happening to you, rather than something you have control over. Counselling gives you a safe place where you can talk about what's happening in your life, but without the shame or guilty feelings that are often a part of the 'problem'. Getting things out in the open and sharing them with someone who can listen without being involved, helps you see and understand the difficulties you are facing, but from a different perspective.
A part of this process, is about seeing how relationships from the past can play out in the present. This in turn allows you to develop a more mindful attitude towards yourself, rather than just reacting when you feel stressed and anxious.
An important part of counselling, is that as it progresses and you become more aware and confident, you are able to think about new ways of addressing these issues, and start to make changes in the world outside. But this is not an easy process and having someone there, travelling with you and supporting you, as you start to find a better way to get on with your life, can make a real difference.
ISSUES YOU CAN BRING TO COUNSELLING
Counselling almost always starts with the ‘problem’ or what is sometimes called the symptom – feeling anxious and stressed, panic attacks, not sleeping well, issues around low self-esteem, obsessing about things, procrastinating, often feeling tired and a myriad other ways of describing what is troubling you. But underneath this unhappiness there is also what I sometimes call an 'emotional logic'.
What is that tendency which keeps you in a relationship that is not working, why do you keep obsessing about certain things, what’s making you very anxious at times or angry, why are you so critical of yourself and often feel you must do more than you need to and end up sliding into those feelings of depression and low self-esteem? It is these subjective 'logics' or tendencies which can have an addictive quality, in the sense you keep getting drawn into them, which you can explore in counselling. And it is by exploring them and understanding what is going on that paves the way for making real changes in your life.
If you are on this website, you have probably been thinking about the difficulties you are facing and wondering what to do. Why not take that first step and get in touch if you're feeling stuck and want to get on with your life. Therapy helps you understand the issues you are facing and also see them in a different light and discover there is another way forward.
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