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BSc, PgCert, PGCE, PgDip (Lond), PgDip (Oxon), MA, FRSA

About me

Therapists profile

I have amassed a 35-year vocation in the fields of mental health care, teaching, and psychotherapeutic work. I hold a Psychology degree from London University, Post Graduate Diplomas from the British Association of Psychotherapists and Oxford University , and an MA in Psychotherapy from Leeds Beckett University.

Personally, I am a down to earth, open as well as analytically and critically minded, I regard myself as patient, and pragmatic. I am often intense, and focused when it is called for, but can find and express humour, humanity, and a sense of ‘lightness’ in the work too.

The psychological methods that guide my approach are primarily Jungian Psychodynamic, but I incorporate other theoretical orientations as informed by each client’s emergent and subjective self. Since our work is personal in nature it can take place over a short and structured period, or it can be open-ended and exploratory. 

Is it for me?

Therapy is a very special form of conversation. It can provide an opportunity to make sense of how we got to this point in our lives (at times, despite our best efforts), and can help to make sense of what would otherwise feel like a difficult, challenging, and confusing reality. By helping to “make sense”, therapy provides emotional relief and supports us in the process of learning new ways of being in the world. Some people seek therapy to address specific problems, and others when life just doesn’t feel quite right. It can also be an opportunity for personal development. 

Services offered & the process of therapy

I am wholly committed to engaging  with people who feel ready to work through (at their own pace) their particular emotional, psychological, and interpersonal difficulties. For example, some of my clients experience debilitating anxieties, distress, and a sense of dread  in their personal and/or occupational life.

To address these stressors and difficult feelings, by way of process, together, we would seek to explore and develop insight into how conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings that on the surface may seem ‘intangible’ often tend to be situated in earlier relationships and experiences.

My primary practice method is ‘psychodynamic counselling & psychotherapy’, however,  during and beyond  the assessment   I am fluid and adaptive  towards meeting the particular  needs of each individual client. This means being receptive to and carefully drawing upon an array of techniques and psychological methods that honours each clients unique self.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy does not provide a ‘quick fix’. Rather, it is a deeply invested, committed and enduring process. Psychotherapy aims to increase your self-comprehension, challenge maladaptive coping mechanisms, lower psychic defences, and liberate ones self toward enabling more informed choices.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) , and a Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).  

  • BSc (Hons) -  Psychology - Birkbeck, University of London 2003
  • PG Diploma - Psychodynamics of Human Development  - British Association of Psychotherapists 2004
  • PG Certificate - Counselling aspects of Education - Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust 2006
  • PG Diploma - Psychodynamic Practice - University of Oxford 2016
  • MA - Psychotherapy - Leeds Beckett University 2021

As part of my ongoing personal development, I engage regular clinical supervision to hold in check that my professional practice is focused, solid and evolving.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Social class identity – ‘transitioning’ from working-class roots, imposter syndrome, fitting in, shame, humiliation, classism.

LGBTQ+ matters- coming to terms with and coming-out, Identity conflict, Internalised homophobia, rejection, loneliness, self-esteem.

Men and Masculinity – identity, toxicity, aggression, self-sufficiency, competitiveness, anger, role conflict.

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Fees

From £60.00 to £120.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

The duration of a consultation or therapy session  is  50 minutes, and the baseline fee is £60 per session. This is based on a sliding scale.

20% of my practice is a low fee. If you are low waged or unemployed, please contact me directly for further information.

When I work

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7am-9pm 

Further information

Testimonials from former clients…


“Anyone who has Gordon as their psychotherapist needs to count themselves as very fortunate. With highly intelligent and agile mind and vast experience, he guided me to reconsider how I view many aspects of my life.  I consider his passion for his work incredibly important: he is constantly training, researching all aspects of CPD and new fields. 

I thought that unhappiness was simply something normal to live with every day.  Over the time I saw Gordon, I learned that it isn’t. “. 

N.L

“Gordon is an excellent psychotherapist. He helped me immeasurably over some tough times with workplace bullying and the stress of starting new jobs. He’s a skilled listener and remembers details week-to-week which really fosters trust and respect. I would wholeheartedly recommend his warm approach to family and/or friends”. 

M.C

“I found Gordon extremely welcoming, and he made me very comfortable from the start, he is totally non-judgemental and seems quite instinctive in the way that he looks at a given situation from different angles. Interestingly he takes no notes which helps give for a less formal setting, instead relying on his outstanding memory for things that he’s been told weeks previously. “

D.I

“Working with Gordon has been the best investment in myself I could have made. I always thought that I was quite a self-aware person, but he made connections that I simply hadn’t been able to see before and helped me see things from a fresh perspective. His thoughtful analysis has helped me overcome a very tough period of my life. The biggest surprise has been seeing how the changes I have made, have had such a positive effect on those closet to me as well. I will be forever grateful for Gordon’s help”.

J.M

“I attended therapy sessions with Gordon when I needed to work through some childhood issues in the lead up to adopting. The sessions were invaluable to me at that time, and I still think of some of our discussions when I am tackling various parenting issues. I found Gordon to be a great listener and he helped me look at issues from different angles. I have often said that if I hadn’t had the therapy sessions with Gordon before adopting, I might not be so mentally robust when dealing with the challenges that I face as a parent of a traumatised child.”

J.B

Flat C, 34 Granville Square, London, WC1X 9PD

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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