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Avril Hollings - UKCP Reg. MBACP

London, N6 6QS
020 8444 0670 020 8444 0670 Registered / Accredited

About me

Sessions during the COVID - 19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 Pandemic I am working with individuals and couples online (Zoom and VSee) and by phone. I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist with twenty five years experience of working with clients in private practice and the voluntary sector and am an experienced, accredited Supervisor. My practice is in Highgate, North London.


Living in a time of such uncertainty, restriction and rapid change brings many challenges. These include fear around our health and/or that of our loved ones, uncertainty about the future, change to our routines and work, job and financial insecurity and loss. For many of us we are either spending much more time at home with family, friends or flatmates, or on our own, than usual this may interrupt our usual coping strategies and be stressful.  It can also put pressure on our relationships and family systems.

Having someone to talk things over with, build on our coping strategies and to explore a way  forward with can help. Psychotherapy and counselling can offer this. I work with clients to build a relationship where it's possible to talk and think about issues, explore ways to cope and help them find a way forward.

We would begin with an initial conversation to discuss your current situation, what you are looking for, whether and how psychotherapy or counselling might help at this point. If it seemed that it could we would generally arrange an initial session to explore this further and make a plan of how we might work together, and the goals, time frame and focus for our work. If it didn't seem the most useful option I would try to suggest others.

I offer daytime, evening and Saturday appointments.

If you would like to talk with me about counselling or therapy, or to make an appointment please call me on 020 8444 0670 or email avrilhollings@virginmedia.com

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When might Counselling or Psychotherapy help?

Most of us will have difficult times in life, perhaps with our relationships or health, almost certainly with loss. There may be times we feel stuck or that something isn't working. We may struggle with being ourselves and expressing who we are or feel our life's lost meaning. We may know why we're struggling or we may not understand.

Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy

Can provide a safe space in which to talk about and explore issues with a trained professional, and to have help in finding a way forward. I work with clients on a wide range of issues including: relationships, stress, anxiety, depression, loss, trauma, creativity, personal development, work related issues, sexuality and sexual orientation.

  • How does it work and where do I start?

The first appointment is an exploratory session which is an opportunity for us to talk about your situation and what you are looking for and for us to explore together whether and how we might work together. I charge my usual fee for this session. Please call me on 020 8444 0670 (confidential practice number) or email me at avrilhollings@virginmedia.com if you would like to discuss or make an appointment.

  • How many sessions will I need?

If we decide to work together we will discuss and agree the focus for our work and how long we will work for. This will depend on your situation and what you would like to address. We may decide to work for a fixed amount of time, on an open ended basis, or start by working together for six weeks and then review how the sessions are going and whether to end or continue our work together for longer. 

Each session is for 60 minutes. Generally sessions are weekly, though there can be some flexibility to accommodate individual circumstances.

  • Are the sessions confidential?

Yes, they are. It is important to feel able to talk freely and in confidence in your sessions. I will explain the extent and limits of confidentiality at the start of our work together.

Couples Counselling

COVID-19 and Couples

The COVID-19 crisis can put particular pressure on relationships, whether it means spending much more time together in a confined space than you usually would, seeing significantly less of each of other, or trying to work and do childcare and home schooling all at the same time.

Negotiating space, tasks and boundaries, finding ways to manage conflict and tensions, to have time apart or to have private intimate time together are all different in a lockdown household.  For some couples it can also present opportunities and time to explore their relationship, to reflect on it's dynamics and try out new ways of being together.

During the pandemic I am working with couples online. For this you need to have a safe and private space in which to have the session and both be in front of the same camera.

Please call or email me to discuss this further.

Tel: 020 8444 0670,

Email: avrilhollings@virginmedia.com

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Many couples seek counselling at a point of crisis or when they have exhausted their own resources to deal with an issue, others because they want a safe place to talk about their relationship or to lay solid foundations for the future. Relationships benefit from support.

Couples Counselling can provide a safe space to discuss what are often difficult issues. It can help couples become more aware of dynamics and patterns within their relationship and to increase their resources in dealing with these. I have worked with couples on a range of issues including: communication, anger and conflict, intimacy and sex, difference, changes in the stage or circumstances of the relationship, cheating and betrayal, separation and renegotiating the relationship.

I have over 15 years experience working with couples in my private practice and seven years experience as a Couples Counsellor at PACE, an LGBT Mental Health Charity. My work with couples is both short term (6-12 sessions), and longer term depending on the couples situation and needs. We begin by having an exploratory session which is an opportunity to meet (currently that would be with an online session), to discuss what brings you and explore whether and how we might work together. I am experienced working with both heterosexual and LGBT couples.

If you would like to talk with me about Couples Counselling or make an appointment please call me on 020 8444 0670 or email avrilhollings@virginmedia.com

Supervision

I am a clinical supervisor for counsellors, psychotherapists and clinical psychologists working in a range of settings and with diverse client groups. I offer individual and small group supervision and work with both trainees and qualified practitioners. I have been supervising since 2002. For more information please see the Supervision section of this website or go to www.avrilhollings.com

Training, qualifications & experience

Training
My original training was in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (Spectrum 1996). Leading to UKCP Registration 1996.

Registrations
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist (1996)
UKCP Register of Supervisors      

Experience
I have twenty five years experience as a psychotherapist and counsellor in private practice and the voluntary sector. As well as working with individuals and couples for both short term and ongoing work I have also run several themed workshops and therapy groups. I am an experienced clinical supervisor, and an examiner for a Psychotherapy Training Organisation. 

Professional Memberships
UKCP                  Registered Psychotherapist
BACP Member      British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
ACPNL                Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in North London

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.

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.

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.

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

  • Family Issues
  • Personal Development
  • Meaning of life and a lack of meaning
  • Mindfulness
  • Midlife issues
  • Creativity
  • Diversity and difference in families
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Diversity and difference

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Arts therapies
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dramatherapy
  • EMDR
  • Equine therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Music therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

Individuals  £70                      Couples  £85                Supervision  £65-70


Daytime, Evening and Saturday appointments offered.
All sessions are for 60 minutes.

Further information

Practice Access, Travel and Parking
My practice is easily accessible by public transport. Northern Line Tube to Kentish Town or Archway, Gospel Oak British Rail (Richmond/ N.Woolwich Line and North London Link Barking/Richmond Line. Buses 214, C2 and C11 all stop very close by.  Street parking is available nearby.  Access: Ground floor therapy room, two steps with handrail.

West Hill House
6 Swains Lane
Highgate
London
N6 6QS

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages no

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

There are two steps and handrail to the main entrance for the downstairs rooms.

Availability

Daytime, evening and Saturday appointments

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups

Supervision

I am an experienced and Accredited Supervisor (UKAHPP 2009) and offer individual and small group supervision in my practice in Highgate.

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Avril Hollings -  UKCP Reg. MBACP

Avril Hollings - UKCP Reg. MBACP