Emily White, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, PGDip, MBACP (registered)
I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor, practising both privately and within the third sector. I run my private practice from two locations in the borough of Hackney, London: in Dalston and Hackney Central.
I work with adults and young people (15+ years old). I work with individuals and couples, as well as offering group therapy. I offer both time-limited counselling (typically around 12 sessions) and longer-term, open-ended therapy. Sessions are 50 minutes each, either weekly or twice-weekly depending on your preference.
Counselling gives you the unusual opportunity to express your private thoughts and feelings spontaneously, uncensored, and without risk or judgement. Within a confidential, therapeutic space, you can explore these parts of yourself truthfully with another.
The therapist is there to listen to you, without a personal agenda, and help deepen your insight into your subjective experience. This exceptional form of human contact enables you to understand yourself better – your thoughts, emotions and behaviour – and begin to change.
Clients have described this process as revealing, empowering, liberating and transformative.
A growing body of research into successful therapy has shown that a good relationship between client and therapist is the essential factor. This relationship is at the heart of Relational Transactional Analysis, the discipline in which I am trained. In an atmosphere of safety, clients can explore and confront difficult feelings and experiences and gain the confidence that they will survive them.
At times, I will use our relationship to help you understand other relationships in your life, past and present. Some of our work together will focus on the here-and-now. At other times, we may explore how past experiences affect you in the present. You can expect the sessions to be client-led and collaborative - they may at times be challenging, but you are always in control of what you share.
My experience has taught me that each person’s therapeutic needs differ. I therefore work flexibly and creatively, tailoring my approach to what you need from counselling. I draw upon a variety of disciplines and therapeutic tools: I incorporate elements of body psychotherapy and mindfulness, paying attention to your somatic (physical) experiences, as well as to your thoughts and feelings; I adopt techniques from the creative therapies, such as art or drama therapy, as tools for exploring painful experiences from a safe distance; I am also heavily influenced by the person-centred tradition, which emphasises congruence, non-judgement and empathy as the core conditions of the therapeutic relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Distinction) and a Foundation Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills. I trained at the Metanoia Institute one of the leading clinical and academic institutions for psychotherapy in the UK.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework. I am therefore committed to my own personal development as a practitioner: I attend regular clinical supervision to support my work and am in my fifth year of an MSc/Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. I am also a member of the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA), the International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis (IARTA) and the Metanoia Institute.
I have worked with clients from a range of cultural backgrounds, across a variety of settings, including at the Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service, Refugee Council, Highbury Counselling Centre and Centrepoint.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues related to gender, sexuality or identity
Individual therapy: £45 for the initial consultation, then £55 per session. If you are on a low income, please enquire about a concessionary rate.
Couples therapy: £65 for the initial consultation, then £75 per session.
Group therapy: Groups are typically made up of between 4 and 6 people and occur fortnightly. Each group session lasts 90 minutes and the therapy is time-limited (12 sessions in total, spread out over 24 weeks).
Group work is particularly effective for those struggling with interpersonal difficulties, such as relationship problems or social anxiety. It is also cheaper than individual therapy, so suits those on a low income.
The rate for each session is £20. If you would like to be informed when the next group starts, please email me.
If you would like to arrange an initial assessment, please email me on: email@example.com or call me on 07985 676316.
In this session we will explore what has brought you to therapy and what you hope to get out of it. You will have the opportunity to ask me questions and think about whether therapy would benefit you at this time. Crucially, the session will enable you to discover whether you are comfortable with me.
All contact is with me directly and any messages are kept confidential, so please feel free to leave a voicemail and I will get back to you as soon as I can. There is no obligation to commit to ongoing therapy after the initial meeting.
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