Holly Taylor -MBACP (Accred.)
Counselling can help at difficult moments in life or can offer an opportunity to grow and find new ways of moving forward. You might be feeling anxious, low or overwhelmed. Perhaps you have suffered from a bereavement, break-up or another significant loss. You might be battling an addiction or using drink or drugs to numb painful feelings about the past. There might be a number of stressful situations that are preventing you from moving forward and feeling confident. Your relationships might not be as good as you would like them to be. Talking openly in a safe and supported space can offer significant relief.
If you decide to contact me, we will arrange an initial meeting of 50 minutes in which your reasons for seeking therapy will be explored. If I am the right person to work with you, then I will usually suggest 8 sessions in the first instance on the same day and at the same time each week. Many people then feel that they wish to continue into longer term work but for some, eight sessions can be enough to feel that they can find their own way through the difficulty. The first session is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the process so that you will know what to expect if you decide to take your counselling forward.
I work through building a warm and supportive relationship with you which allows you space to explore the issues that are causing concern. As far as possible, I work in the ‘here and now’ using sensitive observations to help you to increase your awareness of yourself. With enhanced awareness, it is possible to discover those ‘hidden’ parts of oneself which can result in more satisfying work and family relationships. Together we can challenge unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour which might be limiting your personal growth or keeping you 'stuck'. We will achieve this through a strong and supportive client-counsellor relationship in which an honest and open conversation can take place and you will have creative autonomy to find your own answers.
With a background in primary education I have developed a particular interest in how our early childhood relationships and our experience in our family of origin can affect how we make adult relationships and how we get along at work and at home. I have an interest in personal empowerment; in how we find balance in our lives when managing our relationships and working lives, and in how work and family contribute to our self-awareness and ideas of who we are or could be. I am also interested in times of transition in our lives and how we develop and change to meet these.
To find out more email, call or text me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my counselling studies at Goldsmiths with a Certificate in Psychodynamic and Humanistic Counselling. From there I completed a BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling at the Gestalt Centre, London. Most recently I returned to the Gestalt Centre and have completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy. I have worked as a counsellor in a Creative Therapies Project in Peckham and I have worked with students in London's largest adult education institution and in Greenwich with new mothers and mothers-to-be who are experiencing depression or anxiety related to birth and motherhood. I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Couples Work with Relational Change which gives me a helpful perspective when working with individuals who are experiencing relationship problems and I am a BACP accredited practitioner. I work for part of my week within an IAPT service with NHS clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have experience of working with post-natal distress and anxiety; transitional times such as menopause; divorce and separation; parenthood and student life and study leading to changes in working life.
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My fee is £55 for individuals. I am not currently able to offer lower cost therapy.
I offer appointments in Lee and Hither Green areas.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Please ask about availability by email or telephone contact.
Types of client