East London Counsellor | Abby Rawlinson |
Whether you want to break-free from the grip of anxiety, depression and low self confidence or you just want to understand how and why you're holding yourself back from being your best self - you're in the right place.
I specialise in working with Gen-X and Millennials who are high achievers but struggle with issues such as burnout, anxiety and low self esteem. I work with men and women for both short-term and open-ended therapy and use a range of modern approaches depending on your needs. With 15+ years experience working in the media industry, I also have an understanding of the particular demands, challenges and struggles of working in both corporate and creative settings.
My integrative style brings together traditional psychotherapeutic philosophies and theories with cutting-edge research and techniques and I practice from a holistic approach that is warm, compassionate and collaborative. Together, we can discover what has been holding you back and heal the wounds that have kept you stuck.
The most important thing to me is providing an open and non-judgemental space where you can feel free to explore whatever you need. There are times in all of our lives when things can feel too overwhelming to navigate on our own. It is my belief that therapy can provide support, clarity and guidance during difficult times and can allow us to undergo profound and lasting life changes.
- Abuse & trauma
- Panic attacks
- Lack of motivation
- Relationship problems
- Loss & grief
- Low self-esteem & self-worth
- Identity confusion
- Body image
- Family issues
- Negative thinking
- Intimacy and sex issues
- Health anxiety
- Work-related pressure & conflict
- Stress and burnout
- Feeling low & numb
- Life transitions
- Social anxiety
- Feeling lonely & disconnected
BENEFITS OF THERAPY:
- Manage stressful life events
- Improve mood
- Relationship satisfaction
- Increased self-confidence and self-awareness
- Ability to trust others
- Learn healthy boundaries
- Anger management
- Learn new coping skills
- Increase awareness of the mind-body connection
- Develop a new, healthy perspective
- Increased insight and understanding of self
- Learn to identify and express emotions
- Develop healthy habits and behaviours
- Improve work / life balance
Therapy can be daunting at first and many people wonder what it might be like. It’s important to click with your therapist, which is why I view a first session as a consultation - a time for me to get to know you, and for you to experience working with me. If you’re interested to know more then drop me an email and we can take it from there. There is no obligation and even if I am not the right person to help you at this time I might be able to point you in a helpful direction.
* COVID-19 SUPPORT *
You may be staying at home due to the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions but it's still possible - and essential - to take care of your mental health during these uncertain times.
The emotional, financial and physical impact of the pandemic can be challenging and many people are experiencing high levels of anxiety, fear, loneliness, frustration, sadness and anger. Relationships with your family members, partner, friends or colleagues may be under new pressure. Uncertainty or changes at work may be causing stress and disappointment. Self-isolation may have led to unhealthy habits or patterns of behaviour that make you feel worse. Worry and concern about the future may be causing sleepless nights and the fear of potential loss may feel overwhelming. Adjusting to new social restrictions may make you feel lonely, isolated, scared or alone.
I offer a safe and confidential space to talk and listen. Due to social distancing measures I am currently offering online video/virtual counselling (using Zoom, Skype and FaceTime), which means you can access support from the safety and comfort of your own home.
When restrictions are removed, my East London practice is based on Brick Lane, easily accessible from Central London, Liverpool Street, Shoreditch, Stoke Newington, Bethnal Green, Dalston, Hackney, London Fields, Cambridge Heath, Haggerston and Islington.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully-qualified BACP-registered therapist, having trained for four years at The Minster Centre, one of Europe’s leading integrative psychotherapy and counselling training institutes with a reputation for both clinical and academic excellence. As an integrative therapist, I am trained in a variety of talking therapies so I draw on a number of theoretical approaches to understand your circumstances and feelings. Together, we can explore what is troubling you, set goals and work together to find a way towards healing and living life in a more meaningful way.
I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP). As such, I adhere to the strict ethical and professional codes of the BACP and fulfil their requirements for ongoing supervision and continued professional development.
As well as working in private practice, I have experience working as a counsellor at the Centre for Better Health in Hackney, a community-based charity that supports well-being and recovery from mental ill-health.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- COVID-19 (coronavirus) lockdown / feeling anxious / frustrated
- Uncertainty and changes around work and employment
- Feeling stuck / Feeling trapped
- Financial pressure
- Loss of income / being furloughed
- Working from home difficulties
- Feeling sad
- Emotional impact of physical health conditions
- Living in isolation as a single person
- loneliness / feeling alone / isolated
- Managing disappointment
- Fear of potential loss
- Sleep problems
- Worry and concern about the future/pandemic
- Unhealthy habits and behaviour patterns
- Drinking alcohol / smoking / drugs / sex / social media addiction
- Romantic issues / breakup
The fee for the initial consultation is £70. Ongoing sessions are £80 per session.
I am occasionally able to offer sessions at a reduced rate. If you are experiencing financial hardship and feel £80 isn't affordable, please do contact me to discuss further and check availability.