Lucy Watt, counsellor MBACP (reg) and therapist
I am a qualified, registered and experienced counsellor, and therapist, offering weekly one-to-one counselling for adults in Dalston, Hackney, London E8.
I provide an accepting, supportive and safe space for you to explore experiences, thoughts, feelings, memories and losses that may be getting in the way of you feeling grounded, at ease with yourself and others, or maybe even fully alive.
If you are interested in exploring what it might be like to work with me as your counsellor, please do get in touch by messaging me through this site or calling me on the number provided. We can arrange an initial session to get to know each other and find out whether the support I offer would be useful to you.
I am a Humanistic counsellor and therapist. I am predominantly Person-Centred in my approach, although I have also trained in Gestalt and Transactional Analysis counselling and integrate elements of these approaches in my work.
This means I believe we all have a tendency to move towards what we need in life, so long as the conditions (including care and love) around us are, and have been, supportive and accepting of our needs. Many of us learn, throughout our lives, that some of our real needs and feelings are not acceptable to others, and therefore we find it difficult to accept them ourselves. This can result in anxiety, depression, shame, emotional numbness, self-hatred, self-destructive patterns and other forms of distress, as we adapt ourselves and ignore our true needs.
In a healing relationship with an empathic therapist, we can experience these needs and feelings as being truly accepted and prized by another human being, and therefore we become able to better accept them in ourselves. When we accept our needs (for example, for love, respect, rest, excitement, relationships, expression of anger, release of tears, etc.), we become better able to meet them, to trust ourselves and to lead a more authentic and fulfilling life.
If you come to counselling with me, you will be setting the pace of the work. We will work with whatever you want to bring and at whatever pace and depth you choose. I will facilitate the work, but I will not act as an expert pretending that I know best. You are the expert in your own experience and I will support you to grow and feel more confident about trusting yourself.
The relationship and connection with your therapist is key to this process, therefore, I work to create and hold a space where you feel you can trust me to support you when you may be feeling embarrassed, nervous, vulnerable or distressed, and to be your companion on your journey.
My non-judgemental approach been particularly supportive to clients struggling with self-esteem issues, those who have internalised critical messages from others in their lives, and also people who are battling with shame related to events in their past. This approach has supported clients to start to accept that they are fundamentally okay.
I have specialist training in and particular experience of providing bereavement counselling, although my practice is by no means limited to this. Loss, in its many forms (e.g. of a relationship, status, health, love, motivation, achievement, aspirations, lifestyle, or routine), can be core to much of what we bring to and explore in therapy. You may have suffered a childhood bereavement that you never mourned at the time, and now want give yourself permission to grieve that significant loss, or your loss may be more recent, and you need some space and support to process what has happened. I can use my experience and skills to facilitate thIs.
I also provide counselling to trainee counsellors, and those from other caring professions, who often use the time to reflect on their own personal development and to process how their client work is impacting them emotionally.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework. I meet regularly with a clinical supervisor to review my work.
My counselling training lasted for five years and the qualifications I hold are:
- BSc (Hons) Reflective Therapeutic Practice (1st Class) with a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from Metanoia Institute, Ealing, London (BSc awarded via Middlesex University). This is a BACP accredited training course.
- Certificate in Integrative Humanistic Counselling from CPPD Counselling School, Hornsey, London
- Introduction to Counselling Skills from Birkbeck, University of London.
I have received additional training and supervision in bereavement counselling at St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, London, where I recently practised as a bereavement counsellor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Childhood trauma;
- Cultural identity;
- Difficulty relating to others;
- Emotional impact of physical health conditions;
- Gender identity, transgender, gender fluid and non-binary identities;
- Lack of direction;
- Lack of feelings;
- Loss (in its many manifestations);
- Low energy or mood;
- Performance anxiety;
- Sex and intimacy;
- Sexual orientation (including lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer issues and coming out);
- Social anxiety; and
- Workplace issues.
Sliding scale between £45-£55, for a 50 minute session (please contact me for the details of how this is calculated).
If your organisation or employer is paying for you, I charge £60 per session.
Sessions are provided on a weekly basis, usually at the same time each week.
Please contact me through this website, or by text message or telephone, for further details and to arrange an initial session where we can explore whether the support I offer would be useful to you.
I now work from a therapy room on Kingsland Road between Dalston and Haggerston.
The location is close to Dalston Junction overground station, and also Haggerston overground station and many bus routes (including the 30, 38, 67, 76, 149, 243) with easy access to De Beauvoir Town, Stoke Newington, Hoxton, Stamford Hill, London Fields, Hackney Central, Canonbury, Highbury and Islington, Homerton, Stratford and the City.
I apologise that the therapy room is not wheelchair accessible, as it is located on the top floor of the building with no lifts and several flights of stairs. If you would like to discuss working together, but this maybe an issue, please let me know and we may be able to look into alternatives.
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Please get in touch and we can hopefully arrange a mutually convenient time to meet. I work in both the evening and the day.
Types of client