About me

We are all influenced by the people in our lives and the experiences we have had both past and present, all of which serve to shape and define us. Sometimes we need help in understanding how the culmination of these factors can get in the way of being able to live life fully and with ease.

Maybe you're looking for relief from the pain of anxiety or depression. You could be struggling with bereavement or loss. You may want a better relationship with yourself and/or those closest to you. I offer a non-judgemental space in which I can help you to explore your feelings, beliefs and patterns of behaviour. We can journey together into your inner world, make sense of your difficulties and create ways of coping, healing and thriving.

I work relationally which means the relationship we form as client and therapist is extremely important in terms of promoting healing. I may invite you to think about things differently or offer an alternative perspective. This is always done with an attitude of unconditional acceptance. I bring warmth, empathy and a sense of humour. I can be challenging where necessary whilst being supportive and compassionate.

I am influenced by humanistic, psychodynamic and relational approaches. This supports a flexible way of working that honours and values client uniqueness. In simple terms, at the core of each approach lie the central issues of how we relate, to ourselves, to others, to our past experiences and to our ever evolving sense of self.

I sometimes use guided meditations and breath work in order to create a sense of grounding.

My practice is non-discriminatory, race and LGBTQ+ affirmative. I work hard to ensure that I am aware of issues that affect minority groups to which I do not belong.

I am gender, sexuality and relationship diversity informed. I have respect for the individuality, experience and value of each client.

I offer focused short-term counselling (typically 6-12 sessions) and long term therapy for anyone wanting to work through more complex and deep seated issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified and experienced integrative counsellor. I hold a BACP Accredited Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

As well as private practice I have worked with clients in a community counselling service and as a school counsellor. I have trained in mindfulness, meditation and yoga which informs a holistic approach to my work. I have a particular interest in how trauma is processed through the body.

I have extensive experience of working with difficulties such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, loss, poor body image.

I have particular experience of working with issues pertaining to consent, sexual exploitation and domestic violence.

I have specialist experience of working with addiction and with individuals struggling with alcohol and drugs. I am familiar with 12 Step recovery programmes.

I regularly access a training programme of continual professional development.

Before becoming a counsellor I worked for 20 years as a secondary school teacher and a behavioural consultant in both mainstream and pupil referral units for young people excluded from mainstream education.

Member organisations

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.

Fees

From £60.00 to £85.00
Free initial online session

Additional information

My in-person fee for sessions in N1 is £70.

My in-person feee for sessions in W1W is £85

Online sessions range between £60 and £85depending if the session time corresponds to me being at one of my two therapy venues or at home.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I work in-person in Highbury N1, Monday  and Thursday. I work online Tuesday. I work in Fitzrovia W1W, Saturday mornings.

Currently I am at capacity until mid January 2022.

Further information

Please contact me initially via email or text. I will get back to you with 24 hours. I may need to ask your further questions at this point. We can then arrange a free initial consultation.

I offer a free 20-30 minute initial zoom or telephone consultation where we can introduce ourselves, discuss logistics and you can ask me any questions you may have. Should you choose to proceed, we can arrange an initial appointment.

The first appointment has an assessment style. I will ask you questions about your personal history, why you are seeking counselling at this time and what you hope to achieve from it. We can also assess mutual suitability i.e whether I am the right therapist for you.

Sessions are 50 minutes long and usually take place once a week at the same time, day and venue.

Canonbury Natural Health Clinic
265 Upper Street
Islington
London
N1 2UQ

A Room In Town
19 Nassau Street
Marylebone
Westminster
London
W1W 7AF

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom
Emma Williams

Emma Williams