Ita O'Brien MBACP (Accred)
West Hill House
6 Swain's Lane
15 - 23 St Pancras Way
I have worked as a humanistic and addiction counsellor for 16 years. I offer confidential counselling sessions in Camden and Highgate, North London.
I work with adults who have decided to engage in counselling sessions. This can lead to greater self awareness and a deeper understanding of yourself and your situation.
Sometimes it can be helpful to explore what is happening in your life with someone who is impartial. This can be especially supportive when you are experiencing difficulties and changes in your life.
My humanistic therapy training has enabled me to work with a broad range of issues and I list some of them below:
Low self esteem
Work related issues
Recovery from addiction
If your issue is not listed above please contact me as I may be able to offer counselling.
I am also trained in addiction counselling. My training was based on the 12 step approach. I work with clients who are in recovery from addiction, e.g. alcohol, drugs and gambling.
At the first session so that I can fully support you in our sessions it is helpful for me to have information about your past and present circumstances. This can lead me to finding out more about you and why you have come to counselling. It gives you time to ask any questions and talk about any concerns you may have. This session is time for both of us to decide if we want to work together.
I offer you support in exploring and reflecting on your situation. Through ongoing exploration in our sessions feelings can emerge which can lead to more clarity. Sometimes feelings around a situation can be uncomfortable. During these times I support you in going at your pace and allowing you the time to explore what is happening in your life.
It is my intention to always offer empathy, understanding, and genuineness. I also seek clarification to enable me to gain full understanding of your situation.
I am an accredited counsellor with British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Their aim is to ensure a high standard of clinical practice. This includes Continuing Personal and Professional Development plus Supervision.
I list below the addresses for my counselling practices in Camden and North London.
The Gestalt Centre,
15 - 23 St Pancras Way,
London, NW1 0PT
West Hill House
6 Swain's Lane
I list below an article about Humanistic Therapy which I found on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s website, (BACP).
Humanistic Therapy - BACP
Coming from the "personal growth movement" this approach encourages people to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. Emphasis is on self-development and achieving highest potential. "Client-Centred" or "Non-Directive" approach is often used and the therapy can be described as "holistic" or looking at person as a whole. The client's creative instincts may be used to explore and resolve personal issues.
There are times in our lives when counselling can be helpful, e.g. bereavement, relationship difficulties, employment issues, etc. It can take courage to seek help outside our usual support, e.g, friends/family. Often we are used to relying on ourselves to sort out what is happening in our lives.
Counselling is not about getting advice. Instead I provide a confidential environment in which together we can talk about and reflect on your current and past situations, which may have caused or be causing you unhappiness. This could enable you to get a clearer picture of what you are experiencing in your life. It can also give you a better understanding of yourself and your situation.
It can help make sense of difficulties you are having whether it is with work, home or social situations and identify any changes you would like to make.
Exploring issues in counselling can support you in creating a more satisfying, authentic life and help you develop your ability to relate to others. It can also be positive to explore the relationship between your physical and emotional health. This can also lead to more resilience and enhanced awareness.
There is an opportunity to explore childhood issues, which can lead to more understanding of the adult self.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - Lewisham College
Diploma in Addiction Counselling - RAPT
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - The Grove Practice
Certificate in Person Centred Supervision - Psychology Matters
I continue to attend short training courses to keep my knowledge and skills up to date
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
My fees are 50 pounds for a 50 minute session. I offer some concessions for low waged and students.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available during the day from Mondays to Thursdays. I have some availability on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. I can also offer early morning sessions.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|