In my 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. If you come to see me, the first session is £45 and I have a sliding scale of fees of £45-£65.
THERAPY IN LONDON
Life can sometimes throw at us more than we are able make sense of. 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 some anxiety and stressed at the same same. 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 describing often feels like it is just happening to you, rather than something you have a say in or control over. Counselling gives you a place where you can talk about the difficulties you are facing without the shame or guilty feelings that can be a part of the 'problem'. Getting it out in the open so you can have a look at what's going on, helps you understand how this is affecting your relationships and the situations you are facing, and also the anxiety you may well be feeling at times.
A part of this process is becoming more aware of how past relationships can play out in the present. This allows you to develop a mindful attitude towards yourself, rather than just reacting when you feel anxious and stressed.
But an important part of counselling, is that as it progresses, and you become more aware and confident, you can think about new ways to address the issues you are facing and start to make changes in the world outside counselling. Last of all, in this process you have someone there, travelling with you, as you start to find a more appropriate and better way to get on with your life.
ISSUES YOU CAN BRING TO COUNSELLING
Counselling almost always starts with the ‘problem’ or what is sometimes called the symptom – feeling anxious or sad, panic attacks, not sleeping well, issues around low self-esteem and depression, obsessing about things, procrastinating, often feeling tired and a myriad other ways of describing what is troubling you. But underneath the immediate pain or unhappiness is 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 so anxious at times and maybe feeling sad as well, why are you sometimes very critical of yourself and often feel you must do more than you need to and somehow 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 that you keep getting drawn into them, which the therapy explores. And it is by exploring them and understanding what is going on that paves the way for making real changes in your life.
THE FIRST STEP
If you’re on this website, you have probably been thinking about the difficulties you're facing and wondering what to do. Why not take that first step if you're feeling stuck and want to get on with your life. Counselling helps you understand the issues you are facing and see them in a different light and discover there is another way forward.
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