Counselling & Psychotherapy

Counselling and Psychotherapy can support us to live in ways we find more satisfying. They can help us find new ways to manage our selves and our lives when we are in crisis, feel stuck or are finding life difficult. Counselling differs from psychotherapy in that it takes place over a shorter time period and focuses on a particular issue or difficulty. Psychotherapy can be more long-term and wide-ranging. Both can enable us to see new choices and resources available to us and to make significant changes in our lives.

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Sarah Cowdrey

Sarah Cowdrey

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

Sarah is an Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. She has provided support to children and their families within the education sector and in private practice for 10 years.

Sarah tailors her approach to each individual’s needs and works both on a short term and long term basis. She respects that every individual is unique and therefore brings to therapy a different set of experiences, beliefs and feelings. For this reason she has an Integrative approach. This means that she draws from several theories such as attachment theory, object relations and gestalt, underpinning it all with the latest interpersonal neurobiological research.

The therapeutic relationship is at the heart of Sarah’s practice.  She supports young people to safely express and explore their feelings by using the arts, imagination and play. The creative process contained within the context of a trusting relationship and the rhythm of regular meetings offer opportunities for change. Therapy can help children to gain a better understanding of themselves and others whilst building resilience and promoting emotional wellbeing.

Sarah holds a three-year Masters in Integrative Child Psychotherapy as well as a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts and a Certificate in Integrative Counselling Skills.

Sarah is a professional member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (MBACP) and the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). Her affiliation with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) supports the extensive depths of her training. She adheres to their Code of Ethics; maintaining confidentiality and following relevant safeguarding procedures where necessary.

She holds full professional liability insurance and an up to date DBS (Disclosures and Barring service) certificate to confirm her credibility as a competent and effective psychotherapist working with children and their families.

To enquire about booking a session with Sarah please email Enquiries or telephone on 0208 693 3047.

Gestalt Psychotherapy

Gestalt therapy is a creative attitude towards life and personal growth with the emphasis on present experience, contact and awareness that addresses the whole person: mind/body/emotion/spirit.
The word Gestalt means a “meaningful whole” or “a complete pattern”. According to Gestalt Therapy’s philosophy we are innately motivated to realize our fullest, ‘whole’ self. We try to achieve this through contactful relationships with our environment – other people, our work, our society and all that, which lies ‘outside’ of ourselves.

However, some of our feelings, desires and ideas do not best support us to live our present lives. Some of our energy is tied up in “unfinished business” of the past. My task as a gestalt therapist is to increase the clients’ awareness of what they do well and how they get stuck. Awareness is in itself curative and growth producing. It enables clients to understand the ways in which they contribute to their own circumstances and helps to unblock ‘stuck’ energy. This energy can be used to live a fuller life in the here and now and can bring the experience of effective, lively change and satisfaction.

A variety of methods can be used, adapting to the needs of the client:

  • A supportive, therapeutic dialogue: time, safety and space just for you.
  • Visualization of complex problems and seemingly opaque problems through the use of a constellation of objects. This helps to bring clarity and can facilitate a change in perspective.
  • Body interventions: Problems often manifest themselves in bodily tensions or pain. In our counselling sessions we can carefully address any bodily symptoms and help release them.
  • Creative techniques, such as drawing or clay work, can sometimes help to make clear the unclear, unconscious or unspeakable.
  • Working with the so-called ’empty chair’ can be used to deal with unconscious internal processes or conflicts with other people.

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Margot considers counselling to be a creative, collaborative and confidential process between therapist and client as she helps you to find a new perspective on your life. She believes that her life experiences have widened her horizons, leaving her open and flexible and able to understand where her clients are ‘coming from’.

After 4 years of training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Counselling, she is a BACP registered Counsellor (membership nr. 832150). She has a Master (MA) in Gestalt Psychotherapy from the Metropolitan University, London and is in her last year towards a BA in Psychology.

She abides by the Ethical Framework of the BACP. This means that you can rest assured that the therapeutic work you do together is backed up by a solid code of ethics. This code includes confidentiality for whatever you bring to the counselling room, alongside a non-judgemental acceptance, no matter what is said.

 She finds it very rewarding to join her clients in their journey through life, even if they are in a dark and difficult place.  She likes to support her clients in making the changes they wish for in their lives.

Margot also offers psychotherapy in German.

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 Her fee is £55 for a 50 mins session.

Humanistic psychotherapy and counselling

Helena Naidoo

helena naidoo psychotherapyHumanistic counselling and psychotherapy aim to support the client in developing a stronger and healthier sense of self. They are based on a belief in people’s ability to develop their potential and to take charge of forming their own life. People are seen as whole beings made of many interacting parts: body, feelings, thoughts, senses, imagination and spirit.

Helena offers a non-judgemental, understanding experience that can help clients recognise how they have been shaped by past experiences and how they can find within themselves what they need to manage what they find difficult in the present. As a humanistic therapist she starts with where the person is in the process of coming to terms with an issue or experience rather than trying to fit someone into a pre-existing model of growth or change.

Helena has worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist since 2004. She trained at the Spectrum centre for Humanistic Psychology in north London.
Helena works with individuals and couples on a short-term (6-8 weeks) or longer-term basis. Some of the issues she works with include: anger management, anxiety, bereavement, change, culture and identity, depression, family issues, parenting, relationship issues, sexual abuse, stress, work-life balance.

Helena is a member of the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners and abides by its code of ethics.

£55 for individuals
£65 for couples


To enquire about booking a session with Helena please email Enquiries or telephone on 0208 693 3047.

Integrative Psychotherapy

Paola Tedeschi

Paola works as an integrative therapist which means that her practice is informed by various psychological theories and techniques as well as what her clients find supportive and helpful in the achievement of their goals.She can help with a range of issues including addiction and addictive behaviours, depression, anxiety, trauma and posttraumatic stress, interpersonal and relationships problems, loss, bereavement, and life stage issues.

As an integrative practitioner she is informed by a number of psychological theories and techniques that take into account the whole lived experience of the individual. Most importantly, she views the therapeutic relationship as the main vehicle of change and works in a collaborative and anti-oppressive fashion to help her clients explore and reflect on their difficulties and achieve their goals in therapy.

She also conducts therapy in Italian.

Paola has extensive and sound experience of working in the NHS specialist Psychological Therapy Services, NHS Addiction Services, non-statutory Counselling Services, and Counselling and Psychotherapy Institutes and Clinics.

As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), she abides by their code of ethics and professional standards, undergoes regular clinical supervision, and holds full professional liability insurance.

As part of her commitment to continuous professional development, she is currently in the final stages of a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy.Paola holds a Certificate of Proficiency in counselling (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists); a Diploma in Cognitive Approaches to Counselling and Psychotherapy (Goldmiths College – University of London); a Post-Graduate Diploma in Addictive Behaviour – (Saint George’s Hospital – medical school – University of London); and a Diploma di Laurea in Psicologia Applicata (equivalent of Bsc in applied psychology) Universita’ degli Studi di Padova, Padua, Italy.

Paola is registered with The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists – (MBACP-117767); The British Psychological Society (BPS) as graduate member in training, and The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as an integrative psychotherapist in training.


Initial consultation – 50 minutes: £60 (no obligation to commit to further treatment)

Individual once-weekly sessions – 50 minutes: £40 – £80

She operates a sliding scale system, depending on your financial circumstances as well as the time of your session.

Paola believes that therapy should be accessible to all those who want it or need it and she can offer concessionary rates to students, trainees, and those on low income, to ensure that no one is excluded from counselling.

Psychosynthesis Counselling

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Life can be challenging and there are times when we need support and time for reflection.
Whether it is a time of crisis or a desire to explore your personal growth, Ros can offer a safe, kind and thoughtful space in which we can look at your issues together.

Ros has a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling from the Psychosynthesis Trust. It is an integrative, creative and holistic discipline focussing on mind, body and inner feelings – and is sometimes described as “a psychology with a soul”. It embodies the belief that as human beings, we are shaped by our past and that we also hold the potential to become true selves.

Ros has worked in an organisation offering support to carers, in a GP surgery and in private practice and has covered many areas including bereavement, depression, lack of confidence and low self esteem, sexuality, sexual and emotional abuse, relationship issues and making major life decisions.

She is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and abides by their code of ethics.

Initial session £45
Subsequent sessions £50
Sessions last for 50 minutes

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