Irena Adelman MBACP (Accred)

Irena Adelman MBACP (Accred)

Shepherdess Walk
East London
N1 7QA


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About me

A warm, insightful and experienced therapist I provide a non-judgemental, safe and supportive place for you to talk and be heard. I help clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, stress, low self-confidence, depression, addiction, family issues, bereavement, relationship issues and sexuality.

There are times when life feels overwhelming and you may feel unsure how to cope. Our sessions will give you space to explore what you can do to get through these times. I'll support you to reflect on your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and talk about the issues that are preventing you from living the life you want.

Sessions will help you to disentangle yourself from things that are not serving you well. We'll clarify what you would like to develop and grow in your life and discuss strategies that will support you to make and maintain changes you would like.

We'll spend time exploring your inner dialogues and thinking patterns. As part of this process the role your inner critic plays in how you experience yourself, others and life will become clearer. Reflecting on the ways you think will help you to understand yourself more fully and new ways of being, thinking and doing will open up enabling you to manage your life and your mind better.

Your life experiences may be effecting how you feel and experience your life now. Exploring and making sense of your past can heal emotional wounds and help you to live your present life as fully and steadily as possible.

Being able to explore feelings of anger, fear and sadness with a nurturing person can be transformative. It can help move us through confusion, hopelessness and despair.

I see counselling as a creative and collaborative process. Together we'll work through what's going on for you and support you to gain new insights, increase your self-awarenesses and develop strategies that improve your well-being at a pace that works for you.

Exploring the many layers of who we are can be challenging, enlightening and reassuring. I hope you would find the work we do together empowering, helping you to create and maintain the life you want with clarity and confidence.

Things we might talk about in sessions........

Anger; creating boundaries; your relationship to strength and vulnerability; how you relate to yourself and others; ways to accept what you can't change and change what you can; limiting beliefs, self critical and negative thought patterns; sabotaging behaviours; addictions; how to manage feeling self-conscious; what motivates, inspires and fulfils you; trust and self belief; listening to your intuition; how to feel more secure, steady, positive, resilient and grounded.

I offer short and longer term counselling and psychotherapy. Weekly or fortnightly sessions are available. Please visit my website for more information about how I work and feel free to contact me by phone or email for an initial conversation. I aim to return all calls and emails within 48 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

Spectrum Centre for Humanistic Psychotherapy, London:
Psychotherapy Clinical skills 2011, Reparenting Intensive Course 2008, Sexuality Programme 2004,
Post Graduate in Psychotherapy 2003, Post Graduate Psychotherapy program 2004 - 2007
One Year course in Psychotherapy 2001, Foundation Counseling Skills 2000

Professional Development Coach with The Hanover Foundations 2005-2008
Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching 1995, Institute of Education London
BA (hons) Social Anthropology 1990, University of Sussex

Reiki Master Training 2014, London

Recent training courses 2017/2018:

Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critic, Mind Body Breakthrough

The true heart's longing with Martin Aylward, London Insight

Exploring sibling relationships with an attachment perspective, psychotherapyUK


Sex after Sexual Trauma, The Centre for Psychosexual Health, London

BACP Private Practice conference 2019: Mind or body - what's in charge?

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life Coaching


Sibling relationships

Reiki treatments  - sessions are 60 minutes


Individuals £60 per 60 minute session

Some concessionary rate sessions are available for students and those on reduced incomes during the day before 5pm £40 - £45

Further information

I follow the Ethical Framework for Good Practice of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Our work together is confidential.

I offer short and long term work.

I am located near Old street, Angel and Highbury and Islington stations in the Shoreditch/Hoxton area.

Local bus routes - 73, 55, 19, 38, 4, 271, 205, 214

Barclays bike - Eagle Wharf Road

Parking permits provided if you come by car

Maps & Directions

London, N1 7QA

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytimes and evenings Monday - Thursday

Types of client