Lucy van Praag MBACP - counselling and focusing-oriented therapy by telephone

Lucy van Praag MBACP - counselling and focusing-oriented therapy by telephone


07730 362633 / 07730 362633

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07730 362633 / 07730 362633

About me

Would you like to be able to access Counselling from the comfort of your own environment?
I am a person-centred Counsellor and Focusing-Oriented therapist offering sessions by phone.
I offer a free initial consultation (50 minutes).

I offer a space in which whatever is causing you concern or distress can be explored within the supportive context of a safe and confidential relationship.

Client testimonial:
“Sensitive. Deep. Life changing.
From the word go you always helped me to get right to the heart of the matter.
I would recommend you in a heart-beat to anyone in need of support in their lives.”

When Counselling can help

We come in to a world that can sometimes fail to meet our need for meaningful connection and attuned support. Without the right support in place experiences that cause acute or longer term stress or distress can leave one feeling increasingly isolated, out of balance or weakened in some vital way. Things can get complicated or confusing and our relationship with ourselves and with others can suffer.

Whether seeking meaning or self-awareness, going through a challenging one-off situation or struggling with longer-term difficulties, counselling can help.


How does telephone counselling work?

It works very much like traditional face to face Counselling, providing a safe and confidential space in which issues that may be causing you concern or distress can be explored together.

We meet on a weekly basis by phone and I will hold that space for you for the duration of the time we contract to work together.

There is no problem too great or too small to bring.

Whoever you are, whatever you are struggling with, you are welcome.

Therapy can be either short-term, lasting just a few weeks, or long-term open ended work. If you are not sure what you want, this is something we can discuss together during the initial free consultation.


Therapeutic Approach

I work within the Person-Centred approach, which is informed by the understanding that each person is unique, and underlined by a profound faith in each individual’s innate capacity to heal from the inside out when met in a spirit of true respect and empathic valuing.

The kind of presence and the quality of listening that is practiced in a truly Person-Centred way of working, aims to create a space in the context of a therapeutic relationship in which you feel safe enough to explore and to express the totality  of your experience.

When we feel fully heard and understood we are often then able to hear and understand ourselves more deeply. Sometimes in life we can find we need to seek out someone who can help us to find out or to remember who we really are. One that can help to provide us with the support we need to identify where we are stuck and to grow through and beyond our limitations.

Client testimonial:
"Right from the start I felt I was in safe hands with Lucy. I never knew what would come up for me. I was repeatedly amazed by the depth and gentleness of those sessions. It felt like with every one I got an extra piece back of myself. Those sessions breathed the life back in to me."

Through this process of self-discovery and what I sometimes call ‘self recovery’ you may find yourself over time feeling more resilient and balanced, with the resources you need to engage authentically with any aspect of your life.

Who might be particularly drawn to engage in a course of Counselling by Telephone?

What distinguishes the service that I offer from face to face sessions is that it can be accessed from the comfort of your own environment at a time that is convenient to you.

All you need is a telephone and an hour just for yourself.

The opportunity to access a counsellor by telephone can be useful for people who, for any reason, can’t easily travel to and from sessions, or who can't find a way to fit face-to face sessions in to their busy schedule.

Other people prefer to have access to a counsellor from the comfort and the privacy of their own environment.

My work is supervised in accordance with the BACP ethical framework for good practice, by supervisors who are themselves accountable to the same regulating body. They act as an extra layer of support and insight for the work we do together, and serve to support me in my commitment to providing a service that is safe, ethical, and effective.


Focusing Therapy by Telephone

There is a significant overlap between the practice of Focusing and the practice of Mindfulness – both being rooted in a reflective way of bringing one’s attention inside in a whole bodily felt way in order to attend to whatever is there.

Most of us tend to carry things around with us that can be subtly drawing us out of the present moment. We can find ourselves feeling distracted or caught in self-defeating patterns.

Stress is held in the body and can effect our everyday functioning.

Focusing is an effective tool in support of both personal and professional development because the kind of awareness it helps to facilitate can dissolve limiting core beliefs and transform stuckness and pain – assisting us to arrive gently and yet powerfully in to this present moment.


Client testimonial:
"I have found Focusing with Lucy to be one of the most embodying and deep practices
I have discovered."

Focusing-Oriented Therapy by Telephone

Focusing-Oriented Therapy comes, as does the simpler practice of Focusing, from Gendlin's philosophy of experiencing. He discovered that real change occurs in therapy when clients are invited to directly experience an issue by bringing their attention inside themselves to listen for a whole bodily felt sense of their situation.

In Focusing-Oriented Therapy the therapist knows how to listen in a way that helps the client find his or her own bodily sensed response to their situation. When we take the time to listen to an issue we have with our whole body awareness something new can emerge and real change can occur. I use my contact with my own felt sense in our work together to help you to make sense of your life situation from this deeper place in yourself.

Client testimonial
"I came to you after having tried other forms of counselling and psychotherapy that had never really helped me to get to the bottom of what was wrong. I had almost given up hope of being able to change. The work I have done with you has strengthened me and enriched my life".

Working at depth
Engaging in a course of Focusing-Oriented Therapy provides an opportunity to work at depth, discovering and dissolving limiting core beliefs and patterns within the supportive context of a safe and confidential relationship.

Training, qualifications & experience

Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
Post-Graduate Certificate in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, University of East Anglia, England.
Foundation in Counselling, Re.Vison, Centre for Integrative Pychosynthesis, London.

• Registered Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

• Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist with The Focusing Institute, NY.

• Certified Focusing Trainer, with the Focusing Institute, NY.

• Member of the International Association of Focusing-Oriented Therapists: an international network of Professional Focusing-Oriented Therapists and workshop leaders.


I have worked from the Tom Allen Centre, the renowned Counselling service in central Glasgow and for the NHS at The Homeopathic Hospital, Glasgow, where I continue as a remote counsellor, offering sessions by phone, and through my private practice with individuals for counselling, Focusing-Oriented Therapy, and Focusing (a Mindfulness-based therapy and practice).

I have been offering therapy through my private practice since April 2015

I have a background in complementary therapy that has given me a deep respect for the relationship between the mind and the body and of how they constantly inform one another.

I listen out for this relationship across my work.

In the Focusing and Focusing-Oriented therapy sessions I explicitly invite you to join me in this special kind of listening.

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My Fees per Individual session:

  • Counselling: £45
  • Focusing-oriented Therapy (F.O.T): £45
  • Guided Focusing Sessions: £45

Costs: There is no extra expense for working over the telephone as I cover that cost, calling at our pre-arranged time.

Do you offer reduced rates for Counselling and Focusing-oriented therapy or Focusing?
I do have a limited number of spaces with reduced rates for people on low incomes. Please don’t hesitate to inquire.

Further information

I’m interested. How do I get started?


This will provide an opportunity for me to share with you a bit about the way I work and for us to discuss why you are seeking counselling and what you are hoping to gain from the process. It also gives you the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have and to get a sense of whether you would feel comfortable working with me and whether you feel comfortable with working over the phone.
If I feel that I am unable to help you or that therapy is not the most suitable type of support for you at this time I will make every effort to refer you to the appropriate support.

How does telephone counselling work?

It works very much like traditional face to face Counselling, providing a safe and confidential space in which issues that may be causing you concern or distress can be explored together.
We will arrange a time to meet on a weekly basis by phone and I will hold that space for you for the duration of the time we contract to work together. If you would prefer to meet more frequently, extra appointments can be arranged.

The same applies to the other services I offer of Focusing and Focusing-Oriented Therapy.

Some people need a more flexible arrangement - people who cannot commit to the same time each week -
this can usually be quite easily accommodated.

Will I have extra phone charges to pay?

No. There are no extra phone charges for this service. I make the calls at our pre-arranged time to whichever number is most convenient for you.
Many of my clients have a mobile or cell phone rather than a land line. This is not a problem for our work together. You will find it helpful if you are able to arrange to have a calm and private space where you will be uninterrupted for the duration of the session. A place where you can get comfortable and where you feel safe is ideal.

Can I be the one to call you for my sessions?
Certainly. If you would prefer to, we can set it up so that you call me to my number listed at the top of the page at the time we have pre-arranged.
In this case any extra phone charges you might incur would need to be covered by yourself.

Maps & Directions


Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Daytime and Evening Appointments are available. Early morning appointments are available for people with an early start. Weekend appointments can be arranged.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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