Lucy Watt, counsellor MBACP (reg) and therapist
HQ Therapy Rooms
83A Kingsland High Street
Hello, I am Lucy. I am a qualified, registered and experienced counsellor, and therapist, offering weekly one-to-one counselling for adults.
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.
I have experience of working with clients from a range of ages, sexualities, backgrounds and cultures and have been moved and privileged to be part of each of their journeys, through the tears, the laughter, the setbacks and the (often life changing) personal growth.
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 influences include the work of Carl Rogers, Martin Buber, Clark Moustakas, and more recent theories about neuroscience, attachment and the therapeutic relationship.
One of my interests is in working with clients who find it difficult to recognise what they are really feeling and who may feel detached from their feelings.
My non-judgemental approach has 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 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, and 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 and I am fully insured.
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 practise as a bereavement counsellor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
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 £40-£50, for a 50 minute session (please contact me for the details of how this is calculated).
Sessions are provided on a weekly basis.
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 work from two locations.
In Dalston, I work from a peaceful therapy room, a one minute walk from Dalston Kingsland overground station, situated on the border of East and North London, in the HQ Therapy complex. Regrettably, HQ Therapy Rooms are not wheelchair accessible, as they are located on the top floor of building with no lifts and several flights of stairs.
HQ Therapy Rooms are located very close to Dalston Kingsland overground station and many bus routes (including the 30, 38, 67, 76, 149, 243) with easy access to Stoke Newington, De Beauvoir Town, Haggerston, Hoxton, Stamford Hill, Canonbury, Highbury and Islington, Hackney, Homerton, Stratford and the City.
In Stoke Newington, I work from a peaceful therapy room in a quiet residential area, very close to Church Street and Stoke Newington High Street, in easy reach of the buses that pass through the area (e.g. 73, 393 from Angel and Highbury / Holloway and also 67, 76, 149, 243 from Dalston, the City, Stamford Hill, and Seven Sisters tube). It is ten minutes on the bus to Daslton Kingsland station.
This therapy room is down a short flight of steps, so is not wheelchair accessible, but may be more manageable for people with other mobility issues.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Please get in touch and we can hopefully arrange a mutually convenient time to meet.
Types of client