Margaret Watson

Margaret Watson

Edgeley Road
London
SW4

07960032240 / 07960 032240

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About me

I am a qualified Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

As an Integrative Counsellor I have trained in several therapeutic approaches and use skills from the Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural, Psychodynamic and Gestalt models.

All of this can  sound confusing whilst making the difficult choice, first to seek counselling or therapy and then to find a therapist who speaks to your particular needs.

I am interested in psychotherapy as being an empowerment process in which the therapist is not an expert on you, but instead someone who will work with you to seek deeper understanding of your own way of being by actively listening and exploring with you the meaning that you may be searching for in your life. I believe the quality of the relationship and the act of bearing witness is paramount to the therapeutic process.

Counselling or Psychotherapy can sound daunting when already juggling pressures of survival and social interaction. Navigating and maintaining a professional or social media profile within a busy life schedule can be challenging. Work pressures and finding time to explore and maintain peronal aspirations and goals can feel overwhelming.

In my practice I offer a confidential and non-judgemental space to explore this. I am aware of the difficulties in managing online dating and relationships and how isolating this can become when old and unhelpful insecurities and patterns of behaviour are triggered. I am also acutely aware of how many of us have been affected by trauma of some kind which may have unconsciously influenced the way we respond to others in day to day situations.

Just seeing these features from a different perspective and disclosing them to someone who is not a friend or family can help to unravel some of the complexities of your experiences. Sometimes as a survivor of traumatic experiences we can bring survival strategies which may have worked in the past into the present where they may be redundant and hinder current interaction and social engagement.

Building a trusting therapeutic relationship is key, so I offer a reduced fee for the first session so that we can assess whether we both feel that we can work together. I offer counselling which tends to be more short term work, dealing with immediate issues, exploring the connections  with early attachments and behaviour and also psychotherapy, which is longer term and looks more deeply into those historic factors which may have impacted on your life.

Therapy may not be good for everyone. In my experience its benefits are best revealed to those who have made the decision to make changes in their life and are willing to engage in collaboration with the therapist to work through them. It is not always an easy process, but I believe that we all have inner resources which are sometimes difficult to engage with on our own.

I worked from 2011 - December 2018 in a busy agency setting offering counseling and psychotherapy to both men and women from over twenty counties. For two years I co-ordinated an exciting women's project offering counselling and psychotherapy in the form of one to one and group work. I also facilitated a well attended and successful men's group. and worked both face to face and on the telephone with both adult men and women.

This gave me the opportunity to fully engage with the healing power of the Therapeutic process.

Training, qualifications & experience

As an Integrative Counsellor I have trained in several therapeutic approaches and use skills from the Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural, Psychodynamic and Gestalt models.

7 Years experience of delivering counselling and psychotherapy to adult men and women including facilitating Psycho-social group work.

I attend regular clinical supervision to ensure my practice is current and safe.

I attend regular CPD and trainings to ensure that I am kept informed of the latest research and strategies to best address issues which are affecting people in their day to day lives.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Distress arising from online dating and maintaining social media profiles.

Life coaching

Fees

My fee is £60 per session.

I offer concessionary rates to Counselling and Therapy students.

Maps & Directions

London, SW4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

Availability

I understand time constraints in busy work schedules so I offer flexible appointment times subject to availability.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults