Pernille Finegan: Psychotherapy, Couple Counselling, Supervision, Focusing

Pernille Finegan: Psychotherapy, Couple Counselling, Supervision, Focusing

104 Weir Road
SW12 0ND

07986 086 989

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104 Weir Road
SW12 0ND

07986 086 989

About me

Whether you are an individual or a couple, it is likely that, looking at this, you are struggling in one or more areas of your life and need assistance. A specific event may have brought you here or you may feel that things have been niggling you for a while. You may be clear about what the issues are or you may feel uncertain about what exactly is going on. Either way, speaking to a highly trained therapist in a caring, empathic and non-judgmental environment can help to make sense of what is happening and to find a way forward.

Therapy works slightly differently for individuals and couples, so I have created headings below relevant to each - please have a look under the heading that applies to you.

Individuals - Generalised

Psychotherapy and counselling can help with many types of emotional distress. Below is a list of the broad areas with which I have experience. Please note that the list is not exhaustive and I may well be able to help even if you do not find yourself under one of these headings:

  • Anxiety, panic, depression, stress and sadness
  • Lack of self esteem, low confidence, shyness, worthlessness
  • Lack of direction, meaning and purpose
  • Isolation and loneliness

Individuals - Issues relating specifically to:

  • Relationships: conflict, difficulties with communication, anger, isolation
  • Break-ups and divorce
  • Work: stress, lack of meaning/satisfaction, difficult relationships, lack of direction, what to do next?
  • Family: parents, siblings, children and unsatisfactory relationships
  • Major life events such as marriage, birth, divorce and deaths
  • Sexual issues
  • Fertility issues
  • Menopause
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Disordered eating

Couple counselling

Couples often come to counselling when they are experiencing a break down in communication leaving both parties feeling hurt, misunderstood and even unloved. This can set up a dynamic leading to further pain and isolation, affairs, vengeful behaviours or withdrawal, feeling stuck in a rut and not knowing how to get out of it.

Of course, one or both of the parties may well be experiencing other difficulties in their life (see headings for Individuals above) which may have caused or contributed to the current difficulties in relating. These issues would also be (appropriately) brought into the counselling, but sometimes it can be helpful for that person also to have individual therapy with someone else.

Couple counselling can be an extremely helpful space in which to identify events, feelings, beliefs, misunderstandings and patterns of behaviour which contribute to the present difficulties. Many couples report that being in the calm contained presence of an impartial third party, and the offer of insight into what is going on, has helped them to move out of their impasse.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and experience:

I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy from Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London. This 5 year course teaches an integrative humanistic approach to psychotherapy within an overall consideration of the transpersonal.  I have done further specialist training in couple counselling and sexual relations at the Relate Institute and Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.

In addition to working in private practice seeing clients for short and long term work, I have experience of seeing patients in a GP setting and have been involved with charities which support parents and families; women who have suffered different types of abuse as well as working at a hospice supporting patients and their families.

Individual counselling and psychotherapy

I offer individual psychotherapy and see adults for one to one sessions.

Having received training in different theoretical modalities, spanning psychodynamic object relations and attachment theory, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) through to person centred humanistic theory and the transpersonal, I have realised that there is no "one size fits all" way of practicing therapy. I very much focus on the individual to identify what is needed and adapt my style accordingly. Having a wide repertoire also means that different approaches can be used at different times during the process. I will always be person led, and view therapy as a collaborative effort. I am neither prescriptive nor a "blank screen".

Couple counselling

I see couples for short and long term work. Often relational patterns are formed in early life and carried into the present relationship, out of awareness of the partners. It is also common to get stuck in circular patterns of pain, anger and blame where it is difficult to access other ways of thinking. I approach couple work through a combination of systemic and psychodynamic theory with an attempt to offer insight and new possibilities to couples to find their own way through. Couple work requires the willingness of both partners to engage in the process and is not about the therapist “fixing” the relationship.

Relevant qualifications:

  • PG Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from CCPE
  • Diploma in Couple Counselling from the Relate Institute
  • Certificate in Psychosexual Relations and further training in psychodynamic couple work from the Tavistock Centre for Couples Relationships (TCCR)
  • Further training in multi modal CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
  • Certificate in Transpersonal Dreamwork (CCPE)
  • Part 1 EMDR (trauma)
  • Undertaking a 2 year training course in Focusing Oriented Therapy (2016-2017), accredited by the Focusing Institute - please ask for further details

Hoffman Process graduate

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


I charge:

£60 for a 50 minute individual session in Balham.

£70 for a 60 minute couple session.

Further information


I practice from a dedicated therapy room in my house which is situated about equidistant between Clapham South and Balham stations, approx. a 10-15 minute walk away. Buses stop on Balham High Road about 5 minutes walk away.
If you come by car there is ample parking on the street, some of it metered, and parking for other modes of transport directly in front of the house.


I am a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy which has strict training and ethical requirements for its members.

Code of Ethics:

I adhere to the UKCP Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct.


I maintain an up to date professional indemnity insurance with a reputable insurer at all times.

Previous experience:

I had a previous career as a solicitor in the banking sector in the City of London.

Maps & Directions

Balham, SW12 0ND

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Danish


My availability is Monday to Friday with the first session starting at 8am and the last session starting at 8.30pm

Types of client

Older adults

Supervision & training

I offer individual and group supervision to trainees and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.

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