Jason Woolfe MSc, BA,. couple counsellor and psychotherapist, UKCP Accredited
07931 177565 / 07931 177565
Couple counselling and individual therapy in central London
A rewarding relationship is at the heart of many people's wishes for a fulfilling life, but few of us stay together for a long time without encountering difficulties, whether they're around conflict, difficulty maintaining intimacy, coping with change or any number of other issues.
I'm an experienced and qualified therapist offering counselling for couples and individuals in central London.
For couples, I offer a flexible service that aims to support both of you you to get your needs met and find satisfaction in your relationship. Sessions are tailored to what you need both in frequency and duration, whether that's fortnightly or weekly (or to fit in with your commitments). I have a particular interest in supporting gay and LGBT couples.
Couples come to therapy for many reasons - arguments, struggles with money, infidelities, negotiating an open relationship, children, bereavement - when perhaps their own attempts to solve their difficulties have left each partner licking their wounds and contemplating the end of the relationship. I aim to provide a space in which you can both meet again in safety and perhaps have a new experience of each other, from which to rekindle your relationship and rebuild intimacy.
For individuals, I generally work on a weekly basis and have much experience in working together to free up those painful 'stuck' times when life can feel like a rut of anxiety or depression. Therapy can bring the positive change you've been longing for by providing the skills, compassion and support to disentangle, confront and accept some of the painful aspects that life seems to put in our way.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Masters degree, as well as a Clinical Diploma, in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute, which is widely recognised as one of the leading psychotherapy training institutes in Europe. I also work as an assistant tutor on the Masters degree programme, training new psychotherapists. I hold a certificate in couples counselling and also have a BA degree in English and Philosophy.
I abide by the code of ethics of Metanoia Institute and the UKCP.
Choose the right therapist for you
Research has indicated that it is the relationship between therapist and client that supports the effectiveness of psychotherapy. So, rather making a choice based on theoretical approach, I believe it’s important to choose a therapist that you can feel comfortable with and that you can imagine growing to trust.
As a relational Gestalt therapist, I use our relationship to guide our work as we build awareness of the patterns that can keep us stuck – and by doing so, generate options for change.
In addition to my core Gestalt training I’ve attended a wide range of seminars, workshops and short courses, in the UK and also the US. These have involved many different theoretical approaches including movement-based therapy, CBT and Psychodynamic. These, and other approaches, give me multiple rich insights into how we can think about people’s problems and difficulties.
I have a particular interest in the connection between mind and body and how we can use that to improve our sense of wellbeing. This goes along with a life-long interest in physical and mental wellbeing along with flip sides, shame and trauma.
I’ve been working to provide emotional support since 2004 and seeing clients one-on-one since 2010. I’ve worked in a variety of settings including the NHS, charities and social enterprises, and privately. I have experience of working on a short-term, long-term, or flexible basis.
Expertise and special interests
I work with depression and anxiety, relationships and many other issues. My background includes more than 10 years' experience working in the HIV field, which gives me a particular interest in issues around self-esteem and isolation, chronic illness and gender and sexuality.
Particular areas of interest include:
- personal development and what supports us to change, especially when we’re feeling stuck
- gender, particular crossdressing and gender-fluid and trans experiences. I’m particularly interested in how our experiences of gender, sexuality and self-identity all overlap to shape our relationships and lives
- raising self-esteem and confidence
- finding a way out of depression
- relationships, including identifying what we want out of them and how we can sometimes act against our own best interests, conflicts and relationship breakdown.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
If you're wondering whether therapy is for you, try one session and see how you feel. I offer the first session at half the applicable rate because I regard our first meeting as a mutual assessment and a chance for us both to find out if we’re a good fit for each other.
Individual sesssions: day rate £60, evening rate (after 6pm) £70
Couple counselling: day rate £80, evening rate (after 6pm) £90
I offer reduced rates for trainee psychotherapists and the unwaged, please contact me for details. Individual sessions last for 50 minutes and couple counselling sessions last for one hour.
The closest tubes for my office in W1 are Oxford Circus and Regent's Park.
The closest tubes for my office in EC1 are Old Street and Angel.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Mondays to Fridays, including evenings. Please contact me for further details.
Types of client