Raf Goovaerts

Raf Goovaerts

Stillpoint Spaces
23 Clerkenwell Close
London
EC1R 0AA

West Hill House
6 Swain's Lane
London
N6 6QS

07747 765476

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About me

Psychotherapy can be described as the examination of suffering, in its broadest sense. Our suffering can range from certain symptoms and behaviours that bother us, to the deeper underlying issues at the root of these, all the way to the search for truly knowing ourselves and the meaning of our lives.

I offer a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space in which to explore your experience, thoughts, worries, feelings, memories and aspirations. I see therapy as a gentle instrument to foster a sharper listening to your embodied experience in the present moment and gradually to develop trust in your experience. Doing this in relationship with a therapist opens up a wider field of exploration and potential than just sitting with and pondering everything by yourself. It provides you with an extra support and a “therapeutic mirror” as you deepen within yourself and your own truth.

I offer weekly one-on-one sessions on a long or short-term basis, according to need.  Please contact me to arrange an introductory session, where we can discuss your particular needs and requirements, and I can answer any questions you may have.

Walk & Talk Therapy: For some people, talking therapy in a therapy room might not be their preferred way to start or stay in therapy. From my consulting rooms in North London, Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill are close by and I am happy to offer this healing and beautiful outdoor environment as a space where we can walk and explore as well as sit and talk.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at Karuna Institute as a Core Process Psychotherapist. This contemplative and mindfulness-based approach combines Western and Eastern (Buddhist) approaches to psychotherapy and how to improve our mental well-being.  Clients are supported to bring gentle awareness to their personal process and problems within an atmosphere of mutual enquiry and kind compassion. Core Process Psychotherapy holds a core belief that inherent health is present in each of us and that therefore true healing is possible if we can be fully present with our experience.

I am currently enrolled in the 3-year Somatic Experiencing course, a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. The Somatic Experiencing approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.

I undertook my clinical training at Homerton Psychiatric Hospital and at the Centre for Better Health in Hackney, a community-based charity offering long term, low cost psychotherapy.

Prior to working as a psychotherapist, I spent over 20 years in the investment banking, private equity, and impact investing industry in New York and London. I have worked extensively with company founders and management teams across most sectors and geographies. My interest in psychotherapy grew out of the practice of Advaita (‘oneness’) philosophy, yoga and meditation which ran alongside my professional career.  Most importantly, my own experience in life guided me towards becoming a psychotherapist.  My working language is English but I also speak Dutch, Italian and French.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

UKCP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Midlife challenges and opportunities. Culture and identity issues (cross-cultural backgrounds, LGBT identity issues, professional identity issues, spiritual identity issues).

Fees

My fee range is between £50 and £80 per session.

Further information

I currently see clients in:

- West Hill House (www.westhillhouse.xyz), a quiet building in Swain’s Lane, one of Highgate’s most charming streets. It is within 50 metres of Hampstead Heath and with easy access to bus, train and underground.

- Stillpoint Spaces (london.stillpointspaces.com), a co-working space focused on psychology and related disciplines in the heart of Clerkenwell.

- Hampstead/Belsize Park/Primrose Hill.

You can find more information on my website: http://www.flytofreedom.co.uk/

For more details of Core Process Psychotherapy see http://www.karuna-institute.co.uk/

For more details of Somatic Experiencing see https://traumahealing.org

Maps & Directions

London, EC1R 0AA
London, N6 6QS

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Types of client

Adults
Older adults