Ross Crookshank MA (UKCP Registered and Accredited)
Staple Inn Associates
5 Staple Inn
Psychotherapy and Counselling in Central London WC1, and Hackney N16
Accreditation and Professional Affiliations
• UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Accredited and Registered
• Fully insured
• The Association of Accredited Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP)
• The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)
• The Relational School (TRS)
Hello, my name is Ross. Whether you are thinking about beginning psychotherapy for the first time, or have had some previous experience of seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist, I hope you will find the information here just enough to awaken your curiosity about my practice. If you have any questions or there is anything left unanswered for you, I hope that you will feel able to contact me, in confidence. I shall look forward to hearing from you.
What may have brought you here
You may find yourself here because you've been experiencing anxiety or depression or perhaps you've been struggling with another kind of problem and now the time has come to do something about it. Maybe something more specific like a bereavement, an affair or betrayal. Perhaps recent redundancy or a relationship breakdown is making it difficult for you to adjust and cope just now. You may have already tried hard to make changes but find that you are unable to let go of old patterns on your own. Psychotherapy offers the unique and supportive space you may need to explore and work through these situations. I know very well how difficult it can be to take the first step, but it is only by doing so that things can begin to transform. We all experience difficult periods in our life and sometimes it takes professional help to enable us to make sense of things, become unstuck and get back on track.
Psychotherapy provides a unique space and time for you where, perhaps for the fist time, you could begin to experience being completely yourself. In becoming more curious about who you are, you may come to see all the ways that your freedom is being limited and how your potential as a person is often restricted by beliefs and assumptions about who you should be. It may not always be an easy journey but I believe that the time invested in psychotherapy can enrich our lives beyond measure.
Psychotherapy can be very effective in helping you to:
• Gain Peace of Mind, Respect, and Freedom
• Identify important changes to be made
• Experience support and guidance
• Identify realistic hopes and goals
• Develop new patterns
• Learn new skills and tools
• Feel more connected and purposeful
I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully. My approach is integrative which means I tailor our work together to suit your personality and the issues which you bring. I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy from the Karuna Institute awarded by Middlesex University. In addition, I have undertaken further training in Psychotherapy with Gender and Sexual Diversity clients as well as Somatic Trauma work with Merete Holm Brantbjerg. I am a fully registered and accredited member of the UKCP and adhere to the their code of ethics.
I have worked in a community mental health service in East London. I participate in peer support programmes and ongoing professional development by regularly attending seminars and conferences. This ensures that my practice in Central London affords the best informed care. I am passionate about psychotherapy and keenly follow the emerging flow of discoveries produced by neuroscience, clinical psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in order to keep myself up to date with advancements in current thinking. I have completed further training in Group Leadership and Conflict Resolution.
My training in Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP) is an integrative, psychodynamic oriented psychotherapy. It includes aspects of body psychotherapy and transpersonal psychology and is underpinned by western developmental theories, as well as Buddhist psychology, mindfulness and awareness practices.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with issues relevant to Coming out and gender and sexual minorities/diversities.
My fees, based on income and frequency are between £65-£90 per 50 minute session. Our initial consultation is £65. Sessions are usually at the same time each week. I like to be able to keep my practice open to people from all economic backgrounds and I am sometimes able to offer concessions or a reduced fee if I have availability, so please ask if you need to. There may be a waiting time for these sessions.
My background in the arts is perhaps proof that I've always had a curious and enquiring mind. Dissatisfaction brought me into personal therapy in my late twenties and there I found a space where I could explore my own thoughts and troubles in a way that offered a profound sense of freedom. I value psychotherapy and it's potential for healing and personal transformation as the ultimate creative practice and so it has felt like a natural progression to make it my life's work. The spirit of enquiry continues to underpin my approach to living.
I am originally from Glasgow and some of the qualities I feel glad to embrace from that culture, and bring into my work are those of humility, pragmatism and warmth - not to mention a good sense of humour sometimes too. It has been proven in studies again and again that the singular most important factor which makes psychotherapy work is the foundation of a good therapeutic relationship. One where you can feel a sense of trust, often built up through periods of adversity, that is necessary to be able to explore new possibilities, new ways of being. It is my sincere intention to offer this kind of relationship to each person who comes to see me for psychotherapy. Together we will endeavour to enquire into the mystery of what it means, for you, to be human. In doing so we shall aim to discover what might be preventing you from living a life of deep fulfillment and having greater access to the innate potential of your being.
My counselling and psychotherapy practice is based both in Chancery Lane, Central London, WC1 and Dalston in Hackney, N16. In WC1 I am directly beside Chancery Lane tube station in a beautiful historic tudor building called Staple Inn. In Hackney, Dalston N16 I am just off Gillett Square, a stone's throw from Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction London Overground stations from where it is easy to arrive from Whitechapel and New Cross to the South or North London via Highbury and Islington where the London Overground connects with the Victoria Line. Both locations are set within a peaceful courtyards, hidden away from the bustle of London City and traffic. The N16 postal area of East London is within easy reach of North London, N1 areas of Islington and also Hoxton, East London too and Clapton and Stoke Newington. It's only a short distance to Shoreditch and Old Street EC1, City of London, St. Paul's and Liverpool Street EC2, while Haggerston and Hoxton in East London, E8 are only a short walk away. WC1, is perfectly located for both Central London and the City of London and Holborn, Covent Garden and the West End. There are superb bus connections directly outside on High Holborn.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Mon-Fri from 8am until 9pm.
Types of client