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.
Art psychotherapy is a branch of psychotherapy where art making is used as the main form of expression. You don’t need to be an experienced artist, as the aim is not necessarily to create work to a high standard, but to use art making to help process difficult thoughts and feelings, with the overall goal of helping you develop in a safe and expressive environment.
Why use Art?
Art making has benefitted many individuals throughout the years as a means of therapeutic expression and exploration. We use the same side of our brain for both creating and storing visual images as well as talking, and many have found that creating images in a therapeutic setting can support and add light to discussion with their therapist. This in turn can encourage the ease with which we process our difficult feelings and in turn improve our overall contentment and happiness.
It can often be difficult or painful to speak clearly about the feelings that cause us the most trouble, in which case art making can provide a safe approach to feelings which we don’t feel quite ready to tackle head-on. In some cases we can’t quite find the right words to accurately convey our complex emotions and experiences, however art making can provide a more accessible means of doing this.
Talking can for some feel difficult or stressful, or the right words may just not reveal themselves. Significantly, art psychotherapy methodology makes it accessible to all societies and cultures. Often we find that the images we create can help support our words, or vice versa, providing a rich and meaningful expression.
What to expect
Sessions last for 50 minutes, at the same time and place each week. A range of art materials will be available in each session and you can choose what to make or do, with freedom to express your experiences and thoughts in your own individual way. Your images will be kept safe in folder that you can take with your when you eventually finish therapy.
The sessions are confidential and your therapist will not show your artwork or share what was said in the sessions unless she feels that you are at risk from harm or may harm someone else.
Art Psychotherapy can help with issues such as:
Depression, including antenatal and postnatal depression
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Chronic pain and somatization
Runa Park has a BA in social work and fine art, and has completed an MA in art psychotherapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is a qualified art psychotherapist (Health and Care Professions Council) with a wide range of experience including counselling centres, learning disability and psychiatric communities, hospital settings and educational settings.
Runa has worked over a course of many years with a diverse range of age groups and ethnicities, including children and the elderly. She is experienced in working through various personal hardships and disabilities with clients, including those related to difficult emotions, behaviours and mental health, physical illness, life-limiting conditions, as well as physical disabilities and learning disabilities.
She is initially trained in psychodynamic art psychotherapy, however also engages with attachment-based psychotherapy, and works with various client-centred approaches such as mindfulness, psycho-educational and mentalization-based treatments.
Runa is currently working within the NHS and with a community for mothers and their children suffering from PTSD and depression, as well as private settings with adults and children with various emotional and psychiatric needs. She is currently involved in an initiative aiming to develop a community therapeutic project in South East London.
The cost is £70 per session.
Child & Adolescent Counsellor
Anna is an integrative child and adolescent counsellor. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and a Masters in Applied Psychology, specialising in cross-cultural psychology; She has vast experience in working with expats’ children and adolescents, including the impact of acculturation and helping with transitions.
In addition she has training in working with parents, helping them to better understand their children’s behaviour, and gain confidence in managing it.
In her approach to children and adolescents, she draws on person-centred and play therapy to discover the most adequate way to work with her clients’ difficulties. Anna’s work is also influenced by neuroscience and Shanker’s Self-Reg, a method for understanding stress in order to promote self-regulation.
Anna can help children and young people who are anxious, withdrawn, worried, sad, low, depressed or angry. A child’s or young person’s difficulties may be triggered by events such as bereavement, divorce or separation in the family, bullying, trauma, transition or stress.
Anna offers a space in which a trustworthy relationship can be built, allowing a sense of safety to grow. Working together at the young person’s pace, difficult and confusing feelings, thoughts and behaviour can be explored. Using creative work and play provides a gentle and profound person centred avenue for expression, while the counselling relationship helps insight, self-awareness and self-care to develop.
In her work with older children and adolescents she also uses a mindfulness approach and teaches her clients techniques helping them to cope with their difficulties. Some young clients like to engage in the counselling process through play and creative work, when others may prefer to talk about their concerns with an adult who is not a part of their family. By expressing themselves children and young people can better understand their feelings and learn how to cope with them.
Anna works in a collaborative manner, engaging with families to gain a full understanding of the difficulties, and determine the most effective way forward. This may not only involve one-to-one sessions with children or young people but also sessions just for parents helping them to understand their child’s needs.
Anna is a professional member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP). She adheres to the BACP Code of Ethics, maintaining confidentiality and following relevant safeguarding procedures where necessary. Anna holds full professional liability insurance and an up-to-date DBS (Disclosures and Barring Service). To ensure best practice, her work is overseen by a clinical supervisor.
Currently available for remote sessions. In person sessions coming soon.
Dr Claudia Hallett
Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
Claudia is a highly specialised Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. Her expertise is in providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression difficulties to adults, particularly women in the perinatal period.
Claudia graduated from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Doctoral Clinical Psychology Programme at King’s College London in 2015. Throughout her professional career, she has worked extensively with clients of all ages; adults, adolescents and children. She has worked in primary care settings (IAPT, GP surgeries), secondary care community settings (CMHTs), inpatient wards and specialist services (forensic medium secure unit, depersonalisation disorder service). As a Clinical Psychologist, she has knowledge of many different psychological approaches (e.g. Mindfulness/MBCT, ACT, Systemic therapy, DBT and Schema therapy), but her main speciality and expertise is in providing gold-standard Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to adults with anxiety and depression difficulties. Alongside private practice, Claudia works in a specialist anxiety and trauma clinic with South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She receives regular supervision from a Clinical Psychologist and maintains a CPD portfolio. She adheres to the ethical codes of her Professional Membership bodies.
Claudia received a First Class BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Bristol. She started her career as a research psychologist specialising in psychosis in the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre operated jointly by Queen Mary University of London and East London NHS Foundation Trust. She then completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN). Her research project was focused on cognitive mechanisms of change in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She went on to specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies at the IOPPN.
Claudia is registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist as well as with the British Psychology Society (BPS) as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Division of Clinical Psychology. She is professionally accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Claudia is involved in the teaching of anxiety disorders on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate course at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuropsychiatry (IOPPN), as well as providing clinical placements and CBT supervision for IOPPN clinical psychology trainees and MSc students. She is listed with the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors with the British Psychological Society and is able to provide specialist CBT supervision for healthcare professionals.
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To book a session with Claudia or to make an enquiry you can contact Claudia directly via her website, www.drclaudiahallett.co.uk or by telephone on 07930 097962.
Couples can face many different and difficult problems within their relationship and coming to therapy can be a daunting and personal journey. Through her experience of working with couples and families Melissa provides a safe and non-judgmental space where these issues can be explored. Therapy can help you, as a couple, to think about how you are relating to each other and pull out your strengths and resources to help you move towards the relationship and life that you feel is more beneficial. Therapy can help you break the repeated destructive patterns that you have fallen into and help you understand each others needs and think about what you both need in moments where you are feeling less connected to each other.
Melissa is a trained systemic psychotherapist and has many years of experience of working with couple and families at many different points in their lives, from births, to losses, to accepting change and helping to think about separation. She has experience of working with depression and other psychological issues, addictions, forgiveness, blended families and when relationship injuries feel too overwhelming. As a Systemic Psychotherapist she uses evidence based practice to help couples get through the struggles they face. Don’t struggle on your own, come to talk and get help on how you can both move forward.
Please contact via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.
Helena is a qualified and accredited couples therapist with ten year’s experience of working with couples.
She works with couples who want help with dealing with a range of situations: their relationship may be in crisis, they may be dealing with what feels like an unresolvable conflict, they may be struggling with the impact of a major change such as having a baby or a bereavement, anger may be an issue or they may just want to communicate better and to feel more positive about their relationship.
She doesn’t take sides or apportion blame. She offers a safe, non-judgemental space and a range of techniques to support each individual in the couple to explore their experience of the relationship, to clarify what isn’t working for them and to become more skilled at having the relationship they want.
As well as talking, the therapy sessions may also involve practicing new communication skills, structured exercises and suggestions for homework between sessions.
Please be aware that Helena only has availability at Goose Green Clinic daytimes and Saturday mornings.
The cost is £75 per session.
Please contact enquiries via email to email@example.com to make a booking.
Humanistic 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.
£65 for individuals
£75 for couples
Please be aware that Helena only has availability at Goose Green Clinic daytimes and Saturday mornings.
To enquire about booking a session with Helena please email Enquiries .
Vicki is a qualified, experienced counsellor/psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
Vicki enables clients to understand and accept themselves, whilst also exploring ways to implement healthy changes. She believes counselling increases insight and awareness, and can allow people to understand, and have more control over, the way they feel and act. She aims to empower clients to strengthen the way they relate to, and connect with, other people, and to have healthier, happier relationships with themselves, and the activities they engage in.
Vicki combines psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural techniques. She begins counselling by establishing a strong therapeutic relationship. She listens to clients with empathy and respect, and offers a safe, confidential space, in which they can express their most challenging thoughts. Vicki explores with clients how their early life experiences have shaped their (often unconscious) beliefs, thoughts and assumptions about themselves and the world. She helps clients update, and let go of, beliefs which are no longer serving them, which allows them to change current thought patterns and behaviours. She works with clients on issues that are affecting them in the present, and teaches them strategies to use in the future.
Vicki trained at Greenwich University to master’s level (MSc) in Therapeutic Counselling; before this she studied psychology at degree level at the University of Newcastle (BS, hons). She offers long and short-term therapy, supporting clients with anxiety, depression, family issues, identity struggles and difficulties with self-worth and self-esteem. As well as offering private work, she works for a large London teaching hospital, where she sees clients, and coordinates a small specialist NHS counselling service. She specialises in Sex and Relationships therapy, in which she supports clients with unhealthy relationship patterns, anxieties around sex, issues with drugs, alcohol, compulsive sexual behaviour and pornography use, matters relating to sexuality and adjustment to health diagnoses. She also writes and delivers Relationships and Sex Education Programmes for young people.
Fees: £50-60 a session
Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
Mindfulness-based Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP) aims to offer the client a supportive relationship based on compassion and deep listening as a way to be with and meet the events in our lives. Mindfulness, or presence, helps us to come into an embodied way of being with what is. Core Process Psychotherapy facilitates such a meeting which allows us to come into a safe, supportive and confidential relationship.
In Core Process practice, Eastern and Western understanding of being and selfhood are integrated with the intention to alleviate the suffering that emerges from our conditioned sense of self. Drawing from psychodynamic, mindfulness, somatic, existential/humanistic and transpersonal approaches, it offers a psychotherapeutic journey to healing that takes into account our unique histories, wounds, strengths and longings. To that extent every client is uniquely received for who they are. The psychotherapeutic process offer ways to discover and attune to our inherent health and resources to meet our lives with greater resilience, depth, joy and empathetic understanding.
Alexander Isaksson is a trained Mindfulness-based Core Process Psychotherapist. With a background in philosophy (BA), Indology/Buddhist Studies in India and Sri Lanka — where he lived for 5 years and also trained as a Yoga Teacher (500 hr) — and experience working within the helping professions Alexander aims at providing a supportive therapeutic relationship that enables his clients to feel safe, heard and acknowledged for who they are. He has experience working in short-term therapy with anxiety, loss, relationships and transitions; whereas trauma, depression, bereavement, spiritual emergency and the like is generally best suited for long-term work. The psychotherapeutic process can equally support one’s self development, well-being and finding greater purpose and meaning in life. Alexander will endeavour to meet you where you are, at the pace that is right for you.
Alexander currently works for the NHS. He is registered with UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as a Senior Trainee Psychotherapist working toward accreditation. Because of this he is able to offer low-cost psychotherapy.
£ 45 — 60 min session
Have you ever find yourself thinking that you are a nice person, intelligent, with skills, yet life has been challenging recently, a bit “too much”, leaving you feeling on edge, irritable, spinning with emotions; or perhaps sad, and not wanting to do much, as you think you are never good enough for anything or anyone; you have had enough of pretending it is all ok, and you have ran out of strategies, or places where to hide; you also have lost the sense of purpose and meaning and every day seems less and less manageable.
In those moments we need support and a space for reflection. Life can be simplified and emotions can be embraced, without getting overwhelmed by them.
Whether there is a desire to get unstuck from the cycle of anxiety and depression, or to explore your potential and growth, Claudia can offer a welcoming, supportive space where to look at your struggles, and work together for you to become more who you are; where to look at personal resources and engineer something that sits well with your needs and wants; where to look at ways you have been in the world that don’t serve you any longer.
Claudia has a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling from the Psychosynthesis Trust. It is a psychodynamic, integrative and creative model. It embodies the belief that our past informs the way we are as human beings, and that habitual patterns can be renegotiated to access our potential to become true selves.
Claudia works with young people and adults, covering areas including bereavement, depression, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, shame, guilt, sexuality, abuse, relationship issues, OCD, self-harming, procrastination, and making change. She has worked in communication and advertising corporations, in the music and entertainment industry and in education, and volunteered with disadvantaged families for a few years. Claudia is currently also co-facilitating workshops for Counsellors in training at the Psychosynthesis Trust.
She holds an up to date Enhanced DBS (Disclosures and Barring service) and is a fully insured, registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, abiding by their code of ethics.
Sessions last for 50 minutes
Day sessions: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm: £60
Evening sessions: 6 to 8 pm: £70
Concessions are available.
For more information or to arrange an appointment, please contact Claudia on 07952674148 or via email to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org.