In light of the present coronavirus and anxieties resulting from self-isolation I offer online counselling sessions. Please contact me if you need to talk and would like support over these coming months. I am happy to offer a sliding scale of fees as many are facing financial hardship.
Are you at a crisis in your life? Is a relationship causing you unhappiness? Or do you just need to talk about something that bothers you to someone who doesn't have an agenda? Then counselling can give you a time and space to see clearly rather than going round in ever more frustrating circles.
Some people feel that they shouldn’t go to counselling because their situation isn’t bad enough. How indulgent to talk about oneself when other people’s problems are so much worse. Or they can feel if they begin to try and talk about how depressed and unhappy they are things will get worse. What happens if they never stop crying? These are common fears. You may be moved to come due to a relationship breakdown, an affair that has been discovered, a bereavement, a loss of confidence, or a sense that something is amiss - you may not even know what that might be. No matter what is disturbing you right now counselling can be a safe space to share your fears and anxieties without fear of judgement. Being brave enough to book a session is the first step out of the old patterns that keep you stuck.
I have worked as a Person-Centred counsellor in North London for over twenty years. My aim is to provide a space so my clients can feel respected and valued while they examine what it is that stops them leading the lives they want. I see counselling as a collaborative and creative process. I aim to promote a sense of equality and trust in the therapeutic relationship, whether we agree to a long or short-term contract. I work with individuals and also with couples.
Working with couples in distress I look to find a way to understand what blocks are standing in the way of real intimacy and honest communication. This may involve looking at past relating issues, and old family systems that have affected their present relationship. It isn't individual therapy x2 but rather taking a look at the 'relationship' as the 'client' and ensuring that no one in the partnership is made to feel to be the 'problem'.
I don't feel I work with 'issues' at all, but with people who find themselves in difficult situations and need time and space to understand what is going on for them.
I work most weekdays and evenings.
There is no obligation after a first session to continue. It is a chance for you to see if counselling is what you want and if I am the person you feel comfortable enough to work with.
For more information please check out my website www.dianagoldcounselling.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills Westminster Pastoral Foundation
Cruse Bereavement Training
Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision
Certificate in Focusing Skills
Attendance of Seminars and workshops in Bert Hellinger's Family Systems Work
I am a registered with UKRCP and a member of BACP and abide by their code of ethics.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Some of the problems that people come with, have more to do with Family patterns and hidden messages that were passed through the generations than the here and now. If it seems appropriate to the issue you are having, we may look at these histories and work with them.
Finding the right person is the most important first step and I would encourage clients to take the time to try to see several counsellors before making a decision. For this reason, I charge a lower cost for our first meeting to allow the possibility of investing in making the right decision.
After the initial session, which I offer at a lower cost, when you can see if counselling is what you want and ask any questions, we can work out between us how we want to work together. I offer regular or flexible times each week, depending on what suits us both. Please feel free to contact me to ask any questions you may have without obligation.
£65 for daytime session (before 5 pm)
£75 for a session after that time.
£85 for a session before 5 pm
£95 for a session after 5 pm
Some low-cost places may be available so please ask if these are available.
I have worked in a number of creative fields before training and working as a counsellor.
My practice is easily accessible from Bounds Green tube, or Alexandra Palace rail station. I am situated equidistant between Bounds Green, Alexandra Palace and Muswell Hill and there are no parking restrictions in the road.
Buses 102, 184, 299, W3
"I'm not sure how often in life you can actually look back and know how fundamentally changed you are as a person, but I know that the last year has been that year for me. Our sessions have been a big part of that." P.L.
"I know the work has been achieved through our counselling sessions, but I would like to share with you, how I feel you have enhanced my essence of life. My eyes and heart have re-opened to living and enjoying life, whilst also making my peace with the not so great days that I may experience along the way. You, and the job you do, your experience and your warmth, (plus your lovely warm room and the complimentary water) have been the right thing for me, the best, kindest thing I've ever done for me." D.C.
"Just wanted to say thank you for all your guidance in helping on my journey. Having the time to speak with you has had a huge impact on my life and I'm really pleased I stuck with it." R.C.