Philippa Robinson MA (Hons) MBACP
0208 960 4973 / 07966 396199
Life nowadays can be incredibly stressful and at some point almost all of us feel overwhelmed by what it throws at us. As a result, we can find ourselves suffering from anxiety or feeling depressed - sometimes both - and it becomes increasingly difficult to shake off these negative feelings.
It may be that you have experienced a recent crisis or it could be that long-term problems just don't seem to be going away. It could be that you are having relationship issues or work-related problems. Or perhaps you are becoming troubled by your feelings and just don't know why you are feeling irritable, tearful, angry or simply numb. When these emotional difficulties start to arise it can be hard to talk to friends or family. You might not want to burden them with your problems. Or you might be afraid that they just won't understand or will offer you unwelcome advice. Sometimes, we can't trust anyone enough to share what's going on. As a result, we can feel isolated, confused and lonely.
Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I will offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgemental space to help you to explore what is going on for you. I will help you to express and share your concerns in order to move on from your current problems. Together we will identify the possible causes of your difficulties and work to develop different ways of thinking and behaving so that you can start to live your life more fully, with greater happiness and confidence.
Based in Kensal Rise, I offer short-term or longer, open-ended therapy with adults, couples and young people over the age of 20. I have experience working with a wide range of issues.
I have a comfortable counselling room in a quiet residential part of Kensal Rise, a short walk from both Kensal Green and Kensal Rise stations. I am within easy reach of Queens Park, Harlesden, Dollis Hill, Kilburn and Willesden.
It can be a big step to come and see a counsellor for the first time and it is important that you find a therapist who is right for you. If you are unsure of your needs or anxious about the process, the best thing to do is to come for a session to see what it feels like and to tell me about your concerns. You are also welcome to talk to me on the phone to explore how counselling might help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, holding a BACP-accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling from The Minster Centre. As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I abide by their Code of Ethics.
As part of my continuing professional development I regularly attend BACP and UKCP-accredited training courses and conferences. My core training has included humanistic therapy, psychodynamic therapy, relational psychotherapy and body psychotherapy. In addition, I have trained in Couples Therapy at NAOS Institute and Bereavement Counselling at CRUSE. I have attended courses on Internal Family Systems with Dr Claire Rabin and Encounter-Centred Couples Therapy with Hedy Schleifer.
I have worked as a bereavement counsellor with CRUSE and as a counsellor at Families Without Fear, a service for men and women experiencing domestic abuse. Through my work in these services I have a particular interest in bereavement and loss, domestic and childhood abuse and transgenerational trauma.
I have a wide range of experience working with a number of issues. The list below might help you to get a sense of some of the things that counselling can address:
- Relationship issues
- Family issues
- Work-related problems
- Bereavement and loss
- Childhood trauma and attachment disorders
- Emotional abuse and physical abuse
- Affairs and betrayals
- Separation and divorce
- Cross-cultural relationships
- Anger management
Prior to becoming a counsellor I worked in the media for over 25 years. Because of this I have an understanding of the difficulties and anxieties involved in working in a creative environment and working under pressure to deadlines as well as general workplace issues.
Often dealing with sensitive issues, I learned the value that can come from exploring our difficult thoughts and feelings. I began to understand that having the space to be heard in a respectful and non-judgemental way can be an empowering and ultimately healing experience.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adults who attended boarding school
Individual counselling starts at £60 for a 50-minute session
Couples counselling starts at £100 for a 60-minute session
I sometimes have places available at a reduced rate for those who are unable to meet the costs of the full fee. Please contact me either by email or by phone to talk about options.
How do we start?
We will arrange an initial session so that we can explore what is happening in your life that has caused you to seek counselling. You can see how it feels for you to talk to a counsellor and I can assess your needs and talk with you about whether counselling is the best option for you. If we decide to take the work further, then we will agree on a regular, weekly time for our sessions.
How many sessions?
I offer short-term counselling of around six to twelve sessions as well as longer-term work. Short-term counselling tends to focus on a single issue and for some people this is sufficient to resolve the particular problem that has brought them to see a therapist. For others, the deeper exploration provided by longer-term therapy is more useful. Usually we would discuss this at our initial assessment, taking into account what you are looking for from counselling and what I think would be most useful for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work from Monday to Friday. My first appointment is at 8.00am and my last appointment is at 8.00pm.
Types of client