Adam Knowles BSc. PgDip MBACP
If you're struggling with something and considering psychotherapy, I'm here for you.
I am a registered (MBACP) psychotherapist. I believe that every client deserves a fresh approach. You are the expert on your own life, yet we can all benefit from a skilled perspective on recent or longer-term difficulties. Generally working in open-ended contracts, I am creative, confident and dedicated to my work. I have seen the power of careful listening with presence and compassion to bring about real, meaningful change. If you'd like an initial conversation or to arrange a meeting, please get in touch. I respond to queries quickly.
I'm here to unlock purpose. I believe that what you seek is within you. We can go as fast as you like, and as slowly as you need.
Seeking a life not full of success but meaning, I have trained for many years as a psychotherapist at Regent's School of Psychology and Psychotherapy, London. This combines psychodynamic and integrative schools with a distinct existential edge, which is to say a philosophical enquiry as to what 'this' is all about. This isn't for me about proving theories. It's about deeply practical wisdom for yourself, about yourself, as discovered in meeting.
Prior to that, I enjoyed a 20+ year career creating and leading teams in technology. For a time I was Chair of LGBT Humanists, campaigning for social change and speaking at rallies. I practice Yin yoga and mindfulness.
I have experience working with a wide variety of problems, including:
- Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Low confidence and self-esteem
- Relationship issues including affairs and betrayal, separation and divorce
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Addiction (including sex, gambling, hoarding, alcohol, drugs and chemsex)
- Trauma and PTSD
- Bereavement, grief and loss
- Anger management and expression
- Emotional and sexual abuse
- Problems relating to your gender identity or gender dysmorphia
- Spiritual crises, existential issues and meaning
That said, a defining characteristic is an open but critical attitude toward categories and diagnoses in favour of investigating your experience free from preconceptions, in pursuit of new possibilities.
How to get started
I realise coming to therapy can be a big decision and daunting at times: I aim to make it straightforward. I'm happy to answer questions by email or arrange a call or Skype without charge.
If you wish to proceed, I'll propose a time to meet. I'll follow up with a proposed agreement outlining obligations for us both, with a focus on protecting you and the work. We then meet for an initial session, outlined below. If you wish to continue I reserve your slot and we meet in an open-ended agreement. You are free to leave at any time, though it is better to plan the ending if possible.
The initial session
Initial appointments are full, paid 50-minute sessions so that you get a clear idea of what I offer. My priority is to listen carefully to you and address your concerns directly. I'm also happy to say something about myself and how I work. If you wish to proceed, we can meet weekly at the same time in a slot reserved for you.
Please don't hesitate to contact me immediately with any questions, large or small: I welcome the enquiry and aim to deal with it quickly, confidentially, accurately and sensitively.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a psychotherapist at Regent's School of Psychology and Psychotherapy, London. This combines psychodynamic and integrative schools with a distinct existential edge, which is to say a philosophical enquiry as to what 'this' is all about. This isn't for me about proving theories. It's about deeply practical wisdom for yourself, about yourself, as discovered in meeting.
I am a Registered Member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to its code of ethics and complaints procedures.
My BACP registration number is 270961.
I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and regular supervision of my practice. I maintain professional indemnity insurance.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I offer 50-minute sessions for individual adults at a fee of £70.
I maintain a few slots at a reduced rate: these are likely to be full, but please enquire for details.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon/Tue: Old St/Stoke Newington Wed/Fri: London Bridge
Types of client