Philippa Robinson MA (Hons) MBACP counsellor for individuals and couples
Some of us seek counselling because of a crisis in our lives. For others, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or life issues become overwhelming. Often it's hard to turn to family and friends for a number of reasons. Recent research shows that using a talking therapy at times of crisis or despair can help you to make significant improvements in your life.
Whether you are looking to resolve a recent crisis or to address long-term problems that won't go away, I will offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgemental space to help you to explore and address your concerns. 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.
I offer short-term or longer, open-ended therapy with adults and young people. I also work with couples. I have experience working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. I have particular experience working with bereavement, loss, relationship issues and domestic abuse.
I practice from two comfortable and discreet counselling rooms in Central London. One in the West End, between Oxford Circus and Goodge Street, the other close to Holborn and Chancery Lane. I also work from a 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 the NAOS Institute and Bereavement Counselling at CRUSE. I have attended a number of courses to enhance my core skills including Internal Family Systems with Dr Claire Rabin, Encounter-Centred Couples Therapy with Hedy Schleifer, Imago therapy with Harville Hendrix and Jungian Sand Play Therapy with Molly Wolfe.
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 and my understanding of attachment theory (how our early relationships influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviour) 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.
Through these life experiences and my work as a therapist I have learned the value that can come from exploring our difficult thoughts and feelings. I firmly believe that having the space to be heard in a respectful and non-judgemental way can be an empowering and ultimately healing experience.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Boarding school survivors
Individual counselling is on a sliding scale of £60-£80 for a 50-minute session depending on time and location.
Couples counselling is on a sliding scale of £100-£150 depending on time, location and duration of 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.
Concessions offered for
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.