Raf Goovaerts

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London, NW3 4XL
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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 also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.  Somatic Experiencing is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. The Somatic Experiencing approach aims to safely release traumatic shock, allowing for a natural transformation of both PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early childhood 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

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UK Council for Psychotherapy

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).


Additional information

I am registered with Aetna, Aviva, AXA PPP, and VitalityHealth.

Further information

I currently see clients in:

- Hampstead/Belsize Park/Primrose Hill (NW3)

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

Antrim Mansions, Belsize Park, London, NW3 4XL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Additional languages

Dutch/Flemish, Italian, French


Raf Goovaerts
Raf Goovaerts