Lucas Teague PGDip; MBACP (Reg) UKCP registered Psychotherapist
8-26 Bath Street
Living Well Centre
St Edmunds Road
As a psychotherapist I look to find a balance between providing a supportive and empathic environment, as well as challenging when needed. In this regard I seek to develop a deep and honest relationship, whilst also adhering to professional boundaries. I work from an Integrative Transpersonal approach, which means that I used Psychodynamic, Gestalt; Jungian, Archetypal and Transpersonal Psychology in my work. This helps me to understand the holistic needs of the client. Working transpersonally may include addressing the need to have more depth and meaning in one’s life, or to understand a crisis as potentially being an invitation to have a deeper relationship to oneself and the world.
I have worked in private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist for the past 10 years, as well as working in the healing professions for the past 16 years. Through this time I have developed an effective means of supporting clients in crisis, who may be presenting with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addiction or bereavement. Having worked in mental health for a number of years I am able to receive referrals from client’s presenting with severe and enduring mental health conditions.
For some people beginning therapy can feel uncomfortable or embarrassing; believing that somehow we have failed to resolve our problems through our own means. Often behind this belief is a view of self-reliance that can leave us feeling isolated and anxious about not measuring up to other’s perceived expectations. As a psychotherapist I feel privileged to hear the deep honesty and great courage that many of my clients have in their lives, and how these have helped them to cope in difficult and often challenging environments.
Whether this is the first time you have come to therapy, or you have previous experience, I seek to offer support that is tailored to your needs, at a pace that feels manageable for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I chose to become a therapist 10 years ago, as I wanted to bring together my personal interests with my professional life. In this regard I chose to train as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, as this provided me with a relational therapeutic approach, whilst holding a good basis to work from in understanding unconscious processes, and the deeper existential meanings of life that I feel we all search for.
The process of self-understanding is fundamental for me as a practitioner, and has continued through an on-going spiritual inquiry that allows me to know myself on deeper levels without the demands of established religious dogma. In turn my training as a counselor and psychotherapist reaffirms the importance of the individual’s truth, as a means toward greater meaning and wholeness in our lives.
Along with my private practice as a therapist, I have worked as a Bereavement Therapist at St Joseph's Hospice in East London. I have experience of providing therapeutic support to those nearing the end of their lives, as well as those who have been bereaved through the death of someone close to them. I have also worked as a therapist in a service in North London, providing longer term support for clients with severe and enduring mental health conditions.
Through my experience of working within mental health and trauma I have come to recognize that mental health issues are not something that an unfortunate few end up in hospital experiencing, but something that we can all be susceptible to in our lives.
I am an experienced addictions therapist, and have supported clients within my private practice, struggling with compulsive or addictive behaviors and working with 12 step programmes. For many people the experience of addiction can leave them feeling as though they have no self-respect or identity. For many people in this situation their lives have become increasingly unmanageable through the pursuit of trying to “fix” painful feelings or unwanted thoughts or memories. The use of an addictions recovery programme in conjunction with therapy can provide a powerful healing combination.
I have particular experience of working with male clients who have struggled with finding a sense of belonging within society, and who maybe no longer identify with the stereotyped male role model, which encourages self-reliance and emotional unresponsiveness. Many of the men I work with have felt that the only way for them to survive is to try to be something other than who they are. However, often many report that after spending years trying to prove themselves, one of the bravest, though rewarding experiences is to be able to communicate the truth of their lives to another man.
I teach meditation and mindfulness, as well as creative visualization techniques. Mindfulness techniques can be an effective means of coming into relationship with painful emotions or difficult memories. Used within a therapeutic context these can offer a supportive means for individuals to harness their own innate wisdom and self-understanding.
I am also a father for two boys. Being a parent has given me an insight into the complexities, demands and rewards of being a parent.
I provide one to one work as a psychotherapist and am an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, as well as being a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. In order to maintain the highest possible levels of competence and care, I regularly undertake personal supervision and continuing professional development. I carry personal indemnity insurance and hold a full DBS clearance certificate.
Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling (Lewisham College)
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Tavistock Centre)
Post Graduate Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy (Re-vision)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
I offer a free initial phone consultation. There after I charge £50 per session at EC1 premises and £40 at DA1 premises. I also offer a concessionary rate to students and those who are on a low wage.
I practice from Ongea, a therapy service in Old Street, London EC1. The rooms are sound proofed and specifically designed for the use of counselling and psychotherapy, and has disabled access.
Please follow the link to find out more http://www.ongea.co.uk/
I offer no time restrictions on how long someone may feel they need to be in counselling. As a counsellor I offer open ended sessions that are specifically tailored to an individual needs.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer appointments on Tues and Wed 3-9pm.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I am currently a supervisor in training at the Minster Centre in North London.View supervision profile