Carol Patel MBACP : Counsellor & Psychotherapist
90 Birkbeck Road
Are you struggling with everyday life at the moment? Do you feel you need some time and space just for you?
My role is to give you the time and space to examine and untie the tangled knot of thoughts, fears and emotions that might be creating a blockage in your life at the moment. Once we start exploring these together, you may find that each 'strand' leads to another and often these are deeply embedded and painful to untie.
Our working relationship will be based on to what suits you as an individual - you choose what you want to explore and work on and I walk alongside you at your pace. You are unique and I will meet you without judgment and with respect. It is important to remember that the key to successful therapeutic work is the relationship between the client and therapist.
My clients have brought a variety of presenting issues including depression, bereavement, anxiety, relationship issues, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, stress, anger issues', redundancy, general 'not being able to cope' and feelings of sadness and despair. Clients often find that the issue they come to talk about leads to other issues they may not have dealt with in the past and a different journey unfolds. On the other hand, some find a short period of a few weeks of counselling is sufficient - they are offloading something that is weighing them down.....The first step in most cases is always the hardest, but it is worth it.
You might be thinking..."there are people far worse off than me...it's nothing really" and bury your pain and anxiety, grin and 'pull yourself together', but those buried issues have a habit of coming back and biting us from a different angle - again and again. It's the first step that counts.....
That's where I come in, really. To help you find out exactly what's at the root of the issue, break it down and put it back together where you are able to see it, put it in it's proper place so it doesn't keep taking you by surprise - and then you can move on.....
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (a BACP accredited qualification from CPPD Counselling School, N8), which covers a variety of counselling models, including psychodynamic, person centred, gestalt TA, CBT, and so on. I also have a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from 'metanoia'.
My own counselling journey has been a long one and life has taken me along some different paths, however, I have always found that warmth, empathy and an ability to really hear what someone is saying has allowed me to become a person that people turn to. Apart from the professional skills that I possess, I have gained experience from the many challenges that life has thrown in my way and continue to be open to new ones.
I spent a number of years in Further Education, where I supported and empowered adults returning to education and worked with teenagers and young adults closely. I have also been trained to coach colleagues facing difficulties at work in the teaching profession.
Currently, in addition to my Counselling practice work, I contribute to the teaching at CPPD Counselling School, N8.
- Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
- Working with Eating Disorders
- Working with Adolescents
- Time Limited Counselling
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or 'CBT'
- Psychiatry, Psychopathology & Psychodynamics
BA (Hons) English Lit & Education studies (including Counselling in Education)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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£45 per session in EN2
£55 in N8.
Concession fees available and can be negotiated according to status.
Appointments are from 9 am to 8pm Monday to Thursday and until 3pm on Fridays. Weekend appointments can be arranged also.
Counselling sessions are 50 minutes. Initial assessment sessions vary in length. There is no obligation to continue after the first session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client