James McWilliams (PgDip, MBACP) Therapist
Are you finding life hard as a result of the pandemic? Perhaps feeling isolated, lonely or overwhelmed by relationships, family or friendship difficulties? Maybe you find yourself seeking comfort in food, alcohol or drugs? Or, you find yourself excessively working, online shopping or using social media, etc? Do any of these things sound familiar? If so, and you are new to counselling or psychotherapy, I know how nervous you are probably feeling.
How counselling and psychotherapy can help
I am here to support you and depending on your hopes and needs, we can work together over a brief period or for however long you require.
Whatever your focus, therapy can help;
- to reduce anxiety
- to reduce depression
- to address difficult family issues
- to cultivate better personal relationships
- to reduce low self-esteem
- to improve your confidence and assertiveness
Online offering & Locations
Given the current lock-down requirements, I offer sessions via Zoom. Alternatively, sessions via WhatsApp/phone are available if your broadband connection is weak. Further details upon request.
As and when the lock-down is lifted there is the option for face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy sessions in central London, London Bridge & Oxford Circus. Both central London venues are warm, comfortable surroundings and are within walking distance from tube stations.
What to expect in the first session
Our first session is an opportunity to see how we can work together, your expectations and desired outcomes from therapy and any questions you have for me. Offering you a safe online place to be seen and heard is my top priority.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a trained Psychosynthesis practitioner, holding a Masters equivalent (Level 7) Post-Graduate Diploma.
Psychosynthesis is a style of counselling and psychotherapy; utilising a range of therapeutic approaches and techniques depending on your needs. Additionally, I specialise in working with shame, family systemic work, exploring life meaning and purpose, and spiritual growth.
I have 15 years' experience in business, so understand the pressures of the corporate world. I have also spent 10 years working with and supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer community at prominent organisations including Terrence Higgins Trust, Switchboard, Albert Kennedy Trust and Diversity Role Models.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Challenges and difficulties related to sexual and/or gender identity i.e., being lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer (LGBT / LGBTQ+).
Perhaps you feel shame (a deep sense of unease) around your sexuality or gender identity. Maybe you are drinking or taking drugs more often than you would like to admit to others. Or perhaps you are worried about your sexual behaviour, or using drink/drugs to have sex.
If this sounds familiar, then we can discuss these things together in confidence and without fear of judgement.
- 15-minute phone consultation - free
- Weekly 50 minute sessions - £75 per session
Ask about availability and payment options during your free consultation.
Concessions offered for
Both central London venues are warm, comfortable surroundings and are within a short walking distance from their respective tube stations.
There is a lift in my London Bridge location, however if you have mobility issues let me know prior to our initial consultation and I'll accommodate your needs as best I can.