Donald Butler

Donald Butler

Lyndhurst Road
Haringey
London
N22 5AD

07861796578

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Lyndhurst Road
Haringey
London
N22 5AD

07861796578

About me

I am a UKCP qualified (to Masters level) Counsellor and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Mental Health professional of many years standing and will be happy to listen to you and help you to make some sense of your story in a non judgemental, friendly and supportive way. I specialise in dream interpretations and mental imagery which I believe will help us to make more sense of our unconscious processes and lead to greater self knowledge and understanding. I am a believer in the efficacy of talk therapy as a route to gaining control of our lives and achieving our goals. I have worked a lot with anxiety and depression with successful outcomes.

Prior to qualifying as a psychotherapist I worked as a manager and support worker for over a decade in therapeutic communities (both for the NHS and for a well known charity) supporting people with severe and enduring mental health issues in their recovery.

I am an equal opportunities practitioner and will work with anyone, irrespective of age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, personal beliefs or background.

I have been working in private practise in North London for several years now. I will provide a safe and confidential space in which you can explore your most intimate thoughts, feelings, anxieties, memories and dreams, helping you to find positive ways to move forwards in your life, and ultimately achieve happiness, success and a stronger sense of self, whilst conquering deeply rooted negative patterns.

I work with individuals and together we decide on the frequency of sessions.  I normally work on an open-ended basis. I also work as a couples counsellor with a partner.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a means to gain a sense of control of one’s life whilst hopefully reaching a fuller understanding of how our mind works, by taking a considered and thoughtful look at our history, behaviours and feelings, our unconscious processes and the dynamics of our relations with others.

It is not necessarily a short term fix and if done properly will take time and commitment but can be worked at from a solution focused shorter term perspective if preferred.

I will be there to listen to and understand your story in a completely confidential and non judgemental way that will hopefully allow you to fully express your emotions, facilitate a greater understanding of your unconscious processes and dreams, leading to explanations of why you behave the way you do whilst looking for creative and therapeutic solutions to deep rooted problematic issues.

The ultimate goal is a thorough understanding of oneself; a way forward to a greater sense of confidence and wholeness; a route to realising your full potential, achieving your goals whilst becoming the person who you are meant and would like to be.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of UKCP

I trained and qualified at AGIP to Masters level: AGIP training is UKCP accredited.

Member of Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College;

Member of Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy.

I was Chair of Council at AGIP from 2013/15 and am currently Editor of the AGIP newsletter.

I also publish articles and lecture on film and cultural studies from a psychoanalytic perspective. I run the AGIP Film Club and recently (March 15) had an article published in Psychodynamic Practise On-Line (Routledge) on the Powell and Pressburger film 'Black Narcissus' entitled 'Loneliness and the loss of the soul'. In Nov 2016 I have a paper published in the Journal of Analytical Psychology entitled 'David Bowie- integrating the Alien'.

I have taught on the psychoanalytic psychotherapy training at AGIP on a variety of subjects, including Dream Interpretation, Addictions and The Death Instinct.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

UKCP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in working with depression, anxiety, addiction and with people who feel stuck and are struggling to move forwards in life,with relationship and family issues. I specialise in dream interpretation and believe, as did Carl Jung, that dreams are messages from the unconscious which can be interpreted and understood to our benefit. Dream language is a language like any other, which when learnt can open doors in our consciousness and give us greater understanding of our true selves.

Fees

£50 a session, negotiable depending on circumstance. I will take into account your income and employment status and wont expect you to pay more than you can realistically afford. Unlike most psychotherapists, I do not charge for missed sessions or holidays so long as I am given a reasonable amount of notice.

Maps & Directions

London, N22 5AD

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: the unconscious and the language of dreams

Availability

Mon - Sat 9-9

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
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