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26th May 2016 

Counselling and psychotherapy in Paddington and Market Harborough.

I am a psychotherapist and counsellor with a private practice in Market Harborough, Leicestershire and Little Venice, near Paddington in central London. I work with sensitivity and respect together with you, to offer help in the face of particular problems or the most prolonged and intense difficulties.

For example, I work with the following issues:

Stress and anxiety
Problems with confidence, self-esteem
Dealing with loss
Family and parenting difficulties
Problems at work
Eating disorders, self harm
Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress
Unresolved issues from the past, abuse
Dreams and nightmares

I provide caring and sensitive counselling and psychotherapy for a wide range of problems and blocks and use psychotherapy for growth and life's enhancement. My approach is transpersonal and integrative, including the use of EMDR when appropriate - see the FAQ page for an explanation. You can see a video of me introducing myself on YouTube.

"I know from experience that this really can work. You don't have to settle for just surviving."

I offer

  • Private short term counselling in Market Harborough, Leicestershire and Little Venice near Paddington in Central London

  • Longer term psychotherapy

  • EMDR

    If you live or work in the Central London areas of Little Venice and Paddington, or near Market Harborough in Leicestershire and are interested in counselling or psychotherapy, or EMDR, to discuss how I might be able to help you please contact me and I will be happy to arrange an appointment for you.

    Clients have described me as a counsellor having: “extraordinary clarity of insight”, “very grounded”, “real integrity”, “a refuge”, “helps people progress”, “reassuring”, “inspiring”, “exceptional wisdom”, “safe”, “gentle humour”, “adds an extra dimension of spirituality”

    My approach is guided by you, and depends on trust in the relationship. Sometimes therapy looks like 'just talking' - although a great deal is going on in that process, with the client doing most of the talking as they explore their thoughts and feelings about the issues they bring.

    As counsellor in central London my rooms are conveniently located near the station in Paddington in a beautiful large Regency building that houses the Centre for Counsellling and Psychotherapy Education, Little Venice, W2. It overlooks the watery central basin junction of three canals - hence the area's name Little Venice. In Market Harborough my psychotherapy practice is located in discreet cosy rooms with easy parking right in the town center.

    Below I outline two other aspects of the way I sometimes work.

    Working through body awareness
    Increasingly, I have become convinced that an effective, gentle and profound way to access real and permanent change is through working with the way feelings and traumatic reactions become trapped in the body. By gently guiding the client to bring sensations to awareness as they are sharing their thoughts and feelings, and working with them positively it is possible to create release from trauma which may have unconsciously been trapped for years. How this looks is like the client simply sitting in their chair, concentrating on the sensations in their body, and sharing with, being watched and guided by the therapist. The release of previously trapped feeling is experienced as a sense of gentle expansion, of awareness of the wider room and the world outside in central London or Market Harborough, and a shift to lightness of mood, pleasant humour and a sense of connection both inside the self, and to the therapist and others. There is a wealth of neurological research - polyvagal theory is one angle, Somatic Experiencing another - to explain and support why and how this works.

    Working with dreams and images
    Have a look at my Articles and Workshops page to read about the value of working with dreams. Their powerful images, feelings, and their freedom from the 'sense' imposed by your consious self offer a way to connect with yourself - that 'aha! awareness - that we simply can't gain by ourselves or with the aid of books. The purpose is not to impose a generalised meaning, but instead to find the meaning that is unique to the individual, through exploring by way of the dreamer's own associations. Often the deep meaning is accessed by making contact with with the essence of feeling in the dream. When a deeper level of connection with self is made, change happens.

    I regularly run a series of experiential workshops for counsellors and therapists in Market Harborough and Little Venice, Central London, on Working with Dreams.

    Endorsements: "Brilliant day, enjoyed it, left feeling uplifted, not overwhelmed. Pace of day was just right." "Really enjoyed the day and powerful learning", "Stimulating and valuable content, practical and helpful in my work", "Very useful content. Great to put into practise.

    Do enquire if you would like to know more. For counsellors and psychotherapists and those in training.

    This Month's Blog:

    Release From the Effects of Trauma

    EMDR is the abbreviation for "eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing". It is quite a mouthful for something that looks, at least on the surface, very simple. Used appropriately the approach can be very helpful as a tool in counselling and psychotherapy to resolve post traumatic symptoms and to unblock trapped emotions and thoughts. In effect, the technique is a way of accessing the mind's ability to heal itself.

    There is a substantial and growing body of research and authentication for the efficacy of EMDR when compared with CBT and 'eclectic therapies'. For example to quote the World Health Organization's (2013) guidelines for the management of conditions that are specifically related to stress: "Trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD. Like CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR therapy aims to reduce subjective distress and strengthen adaptive cognitions related to the traumatic event. Unlike CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR does not involve (a) detailed descriptions of the event, (b) direct challenging of beliefs, (c) extended exposure, or (d) homework."

    When effective, the person may find themselves freed of the nightmares, fears, grieving and seemingly out-of-control symptoms and reactions that they have suffered from for years. The results are shown to be permanent over time. In the face of triggering events that previously set off an avalanche, they are able at last to feel back in the driving seat of their reactions. Instead they are responding - having a sense of distance from the past event, and a calmer sense of choice about their position in the here and now.

    To a fly on the wall EMDR looks pretty odd - the client and therapist are sitting quite close face to face or side by side, while the client's eyes track the therapist's hand or pen as it waves quite quickly side to side in front of them. This is the 'eye movement' referred to in the title. Alternatively, the client might be listening to a tick-tock sound through earphones, or the therapist might be tapping alternately on the side of the client's knees for brief periods, as the client sits with their eyes open or closed, possibly showing emotion, but not saying anything.

    'Desensitisation' refers to those overwhelming physical and emotional reactions which can trouble a person long after the original event took place - covered by the term 'post traumatic stress'. For example, after an accident some people find that for no reason they can rationally explain, at times they are vulnerable to being overwhelmed by the original physiological reactions of the past event - a rush of adrenaline, gasping for breath, panic, the contraction of blood to key organs that makes the skin feel clammy or cold, or with goose pimples, perhaps tearfulness and inability to think straight. EMDR works to reduce and remove these symptoms.

    'Reprocessing' refers to the way in which the technique enables the person to work through their thoughts and feelings that are related directly or indirectly to the experience they are choosing to work on. In counselling and psychotherapy this is intrinsic to the process of talking therapies and the complex exploration and unfolding that can happen. With EMDR this relational and exploratory aspect is not replaced but it concentrates some of the rational and emotional processing so that results can be achieved more quickly.

    A trusting therapeutic relationship is still an essential factor when working with EMDR, and so initially time needs to be invested in establishing that trust. In addition, the therapist will need to assess that the client is psychologically stable and resilient enough and can calm themselves, with no psychotic or dissociative symptoms.

    In an EMDR session there is less exploration - the therapist does not need to understand or know everything with the client. The therapist is facilitating and supporting the client's accessing of memories, associations and feelings within a carefully researched psychological framework. There is no interpretation at that point, and in many cases the client will not feel the need for it. Somehow the processing taps into the deeper experience of the person in a way that feels satisfying and true. Later it may be appropriate to explore the outcome together, but essentially, if EMDR is successfully carried out, the work is done.

    There is an increasing body of credible research on how and why EMDR is so effective. The results speak for themselves - liberation from debilitating, stuck reaction patterns, the ability to move on in life, and a sense of relaxation and empowerment.

    See my Articles and Workshops page to read more of my articles.

    My counselling and psychotherapy, and EMDR are based in Little Venice, Paddington, Central London W2 and in Market Harborough in Leicestershire within easy reach of Leicester, Northampton, Peterborough, Kettering, Corby, Uppingham, Melton Mowbray, Oakham and Rutland. Also in a therapist/counsellor in Central London, in Little Venice near Paddington, W2.

    See also my listing on the Counselling Directory

    BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist – UKCP accredited