Avril Hollings - UKCP Reg. MBACP
During the Coronovirus Pandemic I am working with individuals and couples online (Zoom) 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Living in a time of such rapid change, uncertainty and restriction as we currently are brings many challenges. Fear around our health or that of our loved ones is understandable. Loss and change to our routines and work, job insecurity or finances and for many of us either spending much more time at home with family, friends or flatmates, or on our own, than we usually would can all bring stress and challenge us, our relationships and families.
Having someone to talk things over with and to explore a way forward with us can really help at these times. Psychotherapy and counselling can offer this. I work with clients to build a relationship where it's possible to talk about and explore issues which may be difficult to address and to explore, with them, ways forward.
Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy
Can provide a safe space in which to talk about and explore issues with a trained professional. 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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
My original training was in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (Spectrum 1996). Leading to UKCP Registration 1996.
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist (1996)
UKCP Register of Supervisors
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.
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
BACP Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
ACPNL Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in North London
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Family Issues
- Personal Development
- Meaning of life and a lack of meaning
- Midlife issues
- Diversity and difference in families
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- Diversity and difference
Individuals £70 Couples £85 Supervision £65-70
Daytime, Evening and Saturday appointments offered. All sessions are for 60 minutes.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||No|
There are two steps and handrail to the main entrance for the downstairs rooms.
Daytime, evening and Saturday appointments
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am an experienced and Accredited Supervisor (UKAHPP 2009) and offer individual and small group supervision in my practice in Highgate.View supervision profile