Lucy Christopher, MSc (Psych) UKCP reg.
I am a psychotherapist working in Stoke Newington, N16 and City of London, EC1. I offer both short and long term therapy.
I genuinely believe that with the right support, anyone can overcome painful experiences from the past; develop coping strategies to manage current issues; and gain a greater awareness of themselves to enjoy more satisfying relationships in the present.
What will therapy be like with me?
In our initial session we will explore what brought you to therapy and what you hope to gain from the experience. You might have a really clear idea of what you want, or you might not be sure - perhaps something doesn't feel right and you want a supportive space to explore what's going on. I won't tell you what to do; and I won't 'fix' you either. I will meet you with honesty, non-judgment, and openness, in a confidential, safe and comfortable space.
I strongly believe that all behaviour is there to meet a need; I don't consider it self-supportive to label parts of yourself as 'bad' or 'shameful'. I will help you to be more compassionate and less self-critical of yourself, to be curious about how you came to be this way (and how it may once have helped you manage a hostile or unsupportive environment).
I will tailor my approach to you - some clients benefit from gentle, supportive challenge; others will need the security of being able to say the unsayable in a neutral space; others will need time to work through deep and painful issues, going at a pace and depth that is right for them.
My psychotherapy training is in Gestalt, however I also draw on other approaches including CBT; Mindfulness; developmental theory (exploring how things you experienced in infancy may still be affecting your relationships in the present); and body process (exploring how and where you feel different emotions in your body, such as anger or fear, and the impact this has on your life).
What is Gestalt?
Gestalt is a German word, which can translate as 'whole', 'completion' or 'pattern'. As a therapist trained in the Gestalt approach, I will be curious about what you are thinking, feeling and doing right now in the present. Through our work, you will start to notice patterns of habitual behaviour, thoughts and feelings, and how you are in relationships with other people. This opens up choices: the more aware of your 'self' you become, the more opportunities you have to try to do things differently (experimenting with new ways of being).
The Gestalt approach is also a highly effective way of understanding the current impact of past experiences. For example you may feel anxious a lot of the time, but don't know why. Gestalt therapy with me can help you to gain a deeper insight into your way of being, showing how experiences from the past continue to affect you in the present. This will help you to gain closure and set yourself free from troubling aspects of your past, to choose a more authentic and meaningful present and future for yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP Reg Gestalt Psychotherapist.
I gained my Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy in 2015, and have been working as a therapist since 2010. I trained at the Metanoia Institute, where I currently work as an assistant tutor for the Institute and University of Middlesex on their MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy.
Alongside my Gestalt studies, I continue to attend training on a regular basis, to keep me up to date with recent research findings and different therapy approaches. This includes a particular interest in developmental trauma, trauma and PTSD, anxiety, addiction, bereavement, mental health difficulties, domestic abuse, abuse, anger, mindfulness and meditation, and body process.
I am in regular clinical supervision, which supports my practice.
Before becoming a psychotherapist I worked in mental health and the criminal justice system, where I completed training in CBT for anger management and addiction/ substance misuse, and in group work facilitation. Today I offer consultancy and development support for charities working with women affected by the criminal justice system.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Drug abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The issues I have a particular interest in are:
- anxiety and panic attacks
- feeling there is something wrong with you but you don't know what or why
- work-related stress
- professional and careers issues
- pregnancy and fertility issues
- family issues
- understanding anger
- substance misuse and addiction
- developmental issues and difficulties from childhood
- exploring the 'big questions' around the meaning of life and death
£50 per session.
Concessions available (please ask at initial enquiry).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Some availability Tuesday daytime and evening. Some 8am/ 8:30am slots during the week.
Types of client