Counselling in London E2
Getting in touch with a counsellor can seem like a big step – and it is. But counselling, or longer-term psychotherapy, really can help you come through tough times and find greater happiness in life.
Some of the many benefits of seeing a counsellor are:
- breaking out of the dead-end cycle of anxious thoughts and feelings.
- dissolving the heavy 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.
My Counselling Experience
Hallo, I’m Stephen. It’s years since I first trained in counselling and there have been many developments, but like all counsellors I’ve kept up-to-date through CPD and further training.
What hasn’t changed is the deep gratitude I feel for the work I do, particularly when I see clients work through their difficulties and come to greater happiness. That may involve uncovering painful memories and experiences, or making honest admissions to themselves. It may mean coming to terms with problems that stem from the past and finding a new sense of equilibrium.
I’m a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, which regulates counselling practice in the UK. I am also accredited by them, which means I’ve reached a good level of training and counselling experience. I’m listed in the BACP Register.
You can read more about my experience and qualifications as a counsellor here.
My Approach to Counselling
There are so many different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, 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 basic ‘therapeutic approach’ is grounded in the ‘person-centred therapy’ of Carl Rogers.
Carl Rogers was one of the forefathers of modern ‘humanistic’ psychotherapy and the founder of person-centred counselling. He saw counselling as a partnership (rather than a doctor-patient relationship) in which therapist and ‘client’ work together for change and growth.
Rogers also put forward the idea – commonly accepted today – that it’s the good therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client, which is the essential cornerstone on which successful therapy is built.
“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 counselling.
Counselling is accepting and non-judgmental. Each counselling session is a chance to explore how you feel, to work out why things are as they are and to see what needs to be different. You may notice patterns that repeat themselves in your life. Together we’ll look at both the recent past and much further back, so that you can understand your life better. Then you can work out what new choices you want to make and take action to improve your life.
A Few Testimonials
I know from my experience (as a counsellor, but also as a client myself) that counselling really works.
But you don’t need to take my word for it. Here are a few testimonials I’ve received from former clients.
“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
“Working with Stephen over the course of a 5 year period changed my life to the point where I was able to achieve things I’d previously thought unimaginable. In the most thoughtful, caring and approachable manner, Stephen allowed me to open up and explore complex thoughts and experiences leading back to my early childhood, with patience and empathy. I credit the work we did together very highly and would recommend Stephen to anyone seeking help processing difficult life experiences.” – James
“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 started counselling with Stephen as my anxieties were holding me back both professionally and in my personal life…I felt truly muddled and helpless. In our sessions Stephen helped me to explore my thoughts and feelings and understand them so that I could see life in a new and positive way. Thanks for all your help Stephen.” – Joe
“I now have a ‘superpower’ of being able to recognise when I am letting stress or anxiety take over, and while that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen – I’m now able to, with Stephen’s tools and words of wisdom, navigate my stresses way more than I ever thought I could. Stephen is also very clever at guiding me towards reaching my own conclusions and there have been several breakthrough moments where I’ve uncovered the reasons, causes and consequences behind some of the biggest worries in my life. Genuinely life changing.” Ben
What To Do Now
If you would like to ask me any questions, please give me a ring for a no-obligation (and free!) chat on 07896919141. Or send me a message using my contact form. If you want to go ahead and book an initial counselling session, I look forward to hearing from you.