Counselling and Psychotherapy, Bethnal Green, E2

Welcome to Reality Shift Counselling and Psychotherapy


Coming for counselling or longer-term psychotherapy can feel scary. It means facing up to the truth of things as they are. It means taking a plunge into the difficult places. 

But sometimes things can’t go on as they are doing. Deep down, you know that. Sometimes you need to summon up the courage to reach out and ask for help.

Coming to counselling is a brave and positive step, a step towards change. It’s a commitment too, a commitment to yourself and to growth and to the fact that you and your happiness matter.

And it really can make the difference. With the structure, safety and support provided by the counselling process and framework, you really can move through the hard times into greater awareness and greater happiness. 

Some of the many benefits of seeing a counsellor are:  

  • Breaking out of the dead-end cycle of anxious thoughts and feelings.
  • Dissolving the black cloud of depression. 
  • Letting go of difficult experiences and feelings in the past and moving on.
  • Understanding yourself better.
  • Regaining (or finding for the first time) a feeling of contentment about your life. 

 

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My Approach

There are so many different approaches to counselling, that when you just want some help, it can be confusing. My aim is to do what works for you. This may mean using specific techniques, for example Mindfulness and CBT, but my ‘therapeutic approach’ is grounded in the person-centred work of Carl Rogers. 

Carl Rogers was one of the forefathers of modern ‘humanistic’ therapy, in which therapy is seen as a partnership (rather than a doctor-patient relationship) for change and growth. 

“When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to re-perceive my world in a new way and to go on. It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard.”   

Carl Rogers, the founder of person-centred therapy.

Counselling Experience and Qualifications
 

I’ve had over 20 years’ experience of being on the journey with clients, as they touch on their most painful memories, make admissions to themselves, make discoveries about themselves, let go, come to forgiveness, find hope, find balance, find healing – so I know without a shadow of a doubt that seeing a counsellor can create real and sustainable change.

 

“Counselling with Stephen gently challenged my thoughts and preconceptions …It helped me greatly and led me to changes that I otherwise would not have had the energy or courage to make.”  – Ann

“I started seeing Stephen because I was at a low point, unhappy with myself and my work life and weary of feeling the way I did.  Counselling made a huge difference. My time seeing Stephen has helped me to understand myself better – in particular, what I find satisfying and what really makes me happier.” – Kate

“Counselling with Stephen has been literally life-changing for me. I no longer experience fear, anxiety or panic attacks (as I did, for years, on a daily basis). What I do experience now, as an underlying thread, is a real, palpable, regained joy in my life.” – Philippa

 

I’m a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, which regulates counselling practice in the UK and I am also accredited by them. This means I’ve reached a level of training and counselling experience. I’m also listed in the new BACP Register. 

What To Do Now

To explore further, please have a look through my site.  There are also useful articles on counselling approaches and problems, on the BACP site and the Counselling Directory website. Or if you would like to ask me any questions, please give me a ring for a no-obligation free chat, or drop me an email.

 

Virtual Therapy vs In-Person

During the pandemic we obviously all had to move online and I have to say I was very reluctant to do so. I didn’t believe it could work for counselling. However, after further training specifically on remote therapy, I’ve found that it does work – and for some people it can actually work better, since you can have the sessions via Zoom in the safety of your own home.

But the choice is up to you. If you would prefer sessions in real life, my counselling room is at St Margaret’s House on Old Ford Road in Bethnal Green. It’s 5 minutes from Bethnal Green Tube Station, next door to York Hall and the Gallery Cafe is in the basement of the building.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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