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Adam Knowles. Existential psychotherapist, psychedelic researcher

London EC1V & SE1
Registered / Accredited

About me

If you're struggling with something and considering psychotherapy, I'm here for you.

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. 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.

Prior to my training, 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.

If you'd like an initial conversation or to arrange a meeting, please get in touch.

Expertise

I have experience working with a wide variety of problems, including:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Low confidence and self-esteem
  • Relationship issues including affairs and betrayal, separation and divorce
  • Depression
  • Family issues
  • Feeling sad
  • Addiction (including sex, gambling, hoarding, alcohol, drugs and chemsex)
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Bereavement, grief and loss
  • Anger management and expression
  • Self-esteem
  • Emotional and sexual abuse
  • Problems relating to your gender identity or gender dysmorphia
  • Procrastination
  • 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 with any questions, large or small.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained 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 life is all about. This is a non-pathologising approach about discovering practical wisdom for yourself, about yourself, as discovered in meeting.

I am UKCP registered and a member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to its code of ethics and complaints procedures.

I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and regular supervision of my practice. I maintain professional indemnity insurance.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As a researcher in ayahuasca and plant medicines, I am developing expertise in psychedelically-informed therapy. That may mean helping you with 'psychedelic integration', a past 'bad trip', or the safe approach to a future experience.

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Fees

I offer 50-minute sessions for individual adults at a fee of £90, and couples at a different fee.

Skype appointments are £80/50 mins.

Ongea
Unit B
Willen House
8-26 Bath Street
London
EC1V 9DX

42 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1XW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair access at Old Street

Availability

Mon: Stoke Newington & online
Wed: London Bridge
Thu & Fri: Old Street

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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Adam Knowles. Existential psychotherapist, psychedelic researcher

Adam Knowles. Existential psychotherapist, psychedelic researcher