Gaynor Spry MBACP
I work in private practice in East Finchley and Muswell Hill, offering short-term and long-term counselling on a weekly basis. Through a warm and supportive relationship, we will explore any difficulties you are having in your life right now. We will also look back into your past, to try to understand patterns of behaviour that might not be quite so effective for you today. By exploring feelings and experiences and building self-awareness, we will work together to move towards a positive change for the future.
As well as private practice, I work as a volunteer counsellor with a North London Counselling Service. I hold a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, a recognised British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited qualification.
I am also an Assistant Tutor, training students working towards a Certificate in Counselling Skills, supporting and helping the students to fulfill their potential. This supporting role helps me to keep my knowledge of current methods and research up to date.
Both counselling and psychotherapy can help us deal with our problems in a fresh way and enrich our lives generally. Whilst the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, counselling tends to focus on a specific current problem, whereas psychotherapy tends to look at more deep-seated issues that are likely to have a basis in the past. The type of counselling and psychotherapy I offer is psychodynamic.
Together, in a safe and confidential space, we will build a trusting relationship. This relationship will be used to explore personal problems, to enable you to make sense of your unhappiness. Through careful listening, reflecting and questioning I will support you in developing insight into your problems and issues, help you rediscover your own inner resources and enable you to approach your life in a new way.
What can counselling help with?
Counselling can help with many areas of life, including:
Separation and divorce
Depression including post-natal depression
The purpose of the first two (assessment) sessions is to find out if we make a good 'match', and to help you decide if you would like to work with me. There is no obligation to return after these first two sessions.
If you do feel that we could work together, subsequent sessions are 50 minutes long, and take place at the same regular time, agreed by us, once a week. In times of crisis this can be increased to two sessions a week. It is important to commit to attending the weekly sessions in order to gain regular support and continuity.
Short-term or long-term
You might like to start with short-term therapy (12 sessions) or opt for long-term therapy (open-ended). If you find the short-term therapy to be beneficial, you can extend into long-term therapy. The choice is absolutely yours.
Sessions via Skype can also be arranged if it is difficult for you to attend in person.
For more information please visit my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
- Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
- Volunteer Counsellor with North London counselling centre
- Assistant Tutor on Certificate of Counselling Skills course
- ChildLine Telephone Counsellor
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Pregnancy and birth
For weekday daytime sessions (until 5pm) I charge £55 per 50-minute session.
For evening sessions (6pm onwards) and Saturday morning sessions I charge £65 per 50-minute session.
The first two consultation sessions are £55 – £65 each, depending on whether daytime or evening.
Sessions via Skype are also £55 – £65 each, depending on whether daytime or evening.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client