Mindfulness therapy: Lokadhi Lloyd MA PGDip (Psych) PGDip (Mindfulness) MBACP
Mindfulness and the practice of compassion inform my work and my life more generally, and where appropriate I bring these approaches explicitly into one-to-one therapy.
I'm one of few qualified and experienced counsellor/therapists in the UK with specific training in the application of mindfulness and of compassion-focused approaches to therapeutic work. I also offer supervision to both therapists and teachers of mindfulness.
If you're considering counselling or therapy, I imagine you may be feeling afraid, stuck, confused, helpless or aimless. Or you may feel very low, without really understanding why. Perhaps you recognise certain recurrent patterns in your life, but feel unable to change them.
I would be pleased to explore whether we might work together, whatever your difficulties. With lengthy experience in addressing stress and trauma-related issues, I specialise in psychosomatic problems, and support clients in coming to terms with many difficulties, including: depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, sexuality and identity, phobias, panic attacks career and work-related issues , personal/spiritual crisis and feeling stuck.
Whatever difficulties you may be experiencing - painful events in the present, memories of the past, or worries about the future - I offer a safe, confidential space to help you gain a different perspective and move towards growth and understanding. I'll listen non-judgementally and offer you support - help you tap into your deep inner resources and move forward.
My approach to therapy/counselling draws on awareness of the body, and explores how unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour can be recognised and changed. I've trained in and practised mindfulness – and compassion-based approaches – for many years. This complements my core training, Psychosynthesis (an integrative approach) in deepening awareness of body, breath, thoughts and emotions: helping develop a stronger sense of moment-to-moment experience; strengthening a sense of being able to make choices rather than perpetuate reactive patterns. Research (Crane, R., Elias, D., 2006) suggests that therapists with training in mindfulness have more successful outcomes with their clients than those who have not.
You can get an idea of how we might work together by looking at my website: www.mindfulnesstherapy.co.uk
I practice from Barnsbury Therapy Rooms (144 Liverpool Road, Highbury/Islington, London N1 1LA) and our sister practice, City Therapy Rooms (33 Furnival Street, Holborn, London EC4A 1JQ). To establish a regularity and momentum in our work, weekly face-to-face sessions are 50 minutes, at the same time and on the same day of the week. Once we have established a therapeutic relationship I may be able to offer the occasional Skype/phone session on an exceptional basis.
I charge £70 (Islington), £75 (Holborn) for each 50-minute session. I have a limited number of low-cost places (sliding scale) at off-peak hours for students and those from low-income households.
Please get in touch – https://www.mindfulnesstherapy.co.uk/contact/ – for more information about my availability. Or contact me by email: Lokadhi@mindfulnesstherapy.co.uk
I supervise other therapists/counsellors as well as teachers of mindfulness-based approaches (£50 per 50-minute session). I also offer ongoing groups for other therapists/counsellors - including trainees - and health professionals who bring mindfulness into their own work - see my personal website: https://www.mindfulnesstherapy.co.uk
In addition to my work as a therapist/counsellor, I offer Mindfulness for Healthy Living courses, workshops/practice days as well as one-to-one mindfulness training (MBCT, MBSR) for stress and anxiety, the prevention of relapse into depression, managing pain and chronic illness - as well as to bring greater depth and richness to life. More information on my website. I also run a monthly mindfulness-based therapy group for therapists and other health professionals. Please see my website or contact me for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (Psychosynthesis) and adhere to the BACP's professional code of conduct and good practice. I'm in regular supervision by a BACP-accredited supervisor and engage in regular training to refresh and renew my approach to my work.
I am a registered teacher with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers, and trained for over a 5-years with the Centre for Mindfulness Research + Practice (CMRP) of the University of Bangor - world leading centre of excellence in Mindfulness training. I've taught mindfulness-based approaches (MBCT and MBSR) for many years and have a postgraduate teaching diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches, as well as further training in Mindfulness and Individual Therapy and as a supervisor.
I have extensive experience in facilitating groups, and run a monthly Mindfulness-based group for therapists/counsellors and health professionals which meets in North London on the second Tuesday of the month in the evening.
My background includes some years spent as a practising artist and having worked within the accountancy profession in the City of London, as well as having run my own business. I have been a student counsellor, and offered mindfulness training in the voluntary sector. I hold a first-class honours degree (BA) and an MA in fine art.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Sessions last 50 minutes and cost £70 (Highbury/Islington), £75 (Holborn). I have some concessionary places, on a sliding scale and outside peak hours, for students, trainee counsellor/therapists or those from a low-income household). Supervision costs £50 for a 50-minute session, with some concessionary places (also on a sliding scale and outside peak hours).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I regret that the therapy rooms have steep, stepped access, but I may be able to arrange ground-floor accommodation with sufficient advance notice. Please contact me to discuss your needs.
Do get in touch for current availability for both therapy/counselling and supervision (therapy/mindfulness).
Types of client
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Supervision & training