Roselyn Abbott, BPC, UKCP, Registered MBACP, GAS International, BAPPS

Roselyn Abbott, BPC, UKCP, Registered MBACP, GAS International, BAPPS

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About me

I provide counselling and psychotherapy, with a background of over 20 years experience in counselling agencies, the NHS and private practice. With a free initial meeting for all enquirers, I offer affordable, confidential therapy to individuals, couples, and parents with infants. I work both briefly and long-term, and I am comprehensively trained to attune closely to your needs as the client.

Further information about my counselling and psychotherapy practice can be found at:

About Counselling and Psychotherapy

Our experience of life, especially through childhood, can affect how we think, feel and relate, both towards ourselves and others.

Some of the impact of life experience can be straight forward to manage. More subtle personal consequences, of which we are less aware, can also occur. We go along with life and then find ourselves feeling and behaving in ways which we don’t like and don’t understand, but which we feel unable to change.

How can counselling and psychotherapy help? Speaking regularly with a trained counsellor or psychotherapist can help us understand ourselves. This develops our self-awareness so that we can come to comprehend:
  • who we are as individuals,
  • what our life experiences and our relationships mean to us, and
  • the ways in which our particular experiences may be affecting us.

Sometimes personal and relational problems arise through unconscious responses to unexpected life events (such as a bereavement, a health problem or redundancy). A brief talking therapy can help us come to terms with change and loss. With time, we can learn to adjust to new circumstances, bringing a renewed sense of vigour and interest in life.

Other issues can be more deep rooted and related to the make-up of personality. Some individual characteristics and ways of reacting to life develop through early experiences of relationship in the family, and then become established through patterns of relating with others (e.g. at school). It is not surprising that relating regularly with a therapist over a period of time can be an effective means of exploring and treating these issues.

What Happens In Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy provide a nurturing environment, involving an on-going conversation with a trained practitioner. This aims to help make sense of troubling issues, bringing significant personal development and an increased sense of meaning. Counselling and psychotherapy are something we take an active working part in, rather other kinds of help and support which are prescribed or given.

Important ways to access therapeutic help come from:

  • the ongoing regular commitment of meeting together as client and therapist,
  • talking with and listening to one another, to establish and maintain the therapeutic relationship,
  • speaking about personal experiences and difficulties,
  • exploring and coming to understand personal experiences, with the help of the therapist.

Over time, we can begin to reflect on and recover from difficult life experiences. In this way, a talking therapy provides an opportunity to see ourselves from other perspectives. Gradually, in day-to-day life and within therapy, old patterns of relating can be given up and new ones can be developed.

What Sort of Problems Can Counselling and Psychotherapy Help?
You may be seeking help in a number of areas, including:

  • Depression
  • Generalised anxiety and phobias
  • Relationship problems - personal, family, social and at work.
  • Reassessing your life and work situation.
  • Couple counselling, sexual difficulties.
  • Parent-infant relationships.
  • Coming to terms with getting older.
  • Personal development - finding a better understanding of yourself and your emotions, behaviour and attitudes.
  • A life-crisis or previous trauma.
  • Mental health problems, including long term depression, anxiety, eating disorders, anger management and bi-polar disorder.
  • Problems with addictive behaviour, including self-harm.
  • Pregnancy and post-natal depression. Difficulty conceiving. Terminations.
  • Women's issues, including the menopause.
  • Bereavement.
  • Spiritual issues.
  • Personal therapy during counselling or psychotherapy training.

What Happens Next?
When you contact me, I would usually arrange an initial business meeting within a week. There is no fee for this meeting. This 50 minute session provides an opportunity to explore whether and how we might work together. This session also offers an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about therapy.

Arrangements such as availability, regular appointment times, affordable fees, frequency of sessions, payment arrangements, and similar issues can be discussed at this point, but are usually best left until after the first couple of sessions when we will more of a sense of your needs. The first few sessions provide an opportunity for you to speak about what has been troubling you, both recently and in the past, and to discuss what type of counselling or psychotherapy might be most useful for you.

If we decide together that talking therapy seems to be a suitable option, subsequent sessions can be arranged.

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Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Experience
I have over 20 years experience in the counselling and psychotherapy sector, with extensive training and professional practice within the NHS, private practice and counselling agencies.

Alongside my usual work as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor, I also have a specialised training in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy and also Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT). MBT is an evidence-based talking therapy suitable for people with depression, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and personality disorders.

Professional Registration

  • Registered as a Jungian Analyst with the British Psychoanalytic Council
  • Registered as a psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy
  • Registered as a psychotherapist and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Registered Practitioner in Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) with the British Psychoanalytic Council
  • Member of the Group-Analytic Society International
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Supervision

Codes of Ethics and Practice
I adhere to the code of ethics and practice of the above organizations, hold full professional indemnity insurance and attend regular supervision. I am actively involved in professional development and continuously update my qualifications.

Current Employment
Currently I work full-time in private practice, with extensive experience in providing once-weekly and more frequent talking therapy. I also regularly offer online therapy via Skype and Facetime (Apple).

Qualifications & Training
My original counselling training was in 1992, leading to my accreditation as a counsellor in 1996. Since then I have regularly updated my training through continuing professional development, supervision and extensive experience with a wide range of clients.

My most recent qualifications in counselling and psychotherapy include:

Society of Analytical Psychology Qualification in Adult Jungian Analysis
Mentalization Based Therapy (advanced training for Borderline Personality Disorder)
Infant Observation & training in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy
MA Group and Intercultural Therapy
Postgraduate Diploma Group-Analytic Psychotherapy

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialize in offering talking therapy in the following areas:

  • Depression & generalised anxiety
  • Relationship problems, sexual & internet addiction
  • Couple counselling, particularly intercultural relationships
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Personality disorder
  • Perinatal mental health and the parent-infant relationship (parents with babies under one year)

My training in mentalization based therapy and my NHS experience means I can provide a specifically tailored therapy for depression, relationship issues and borderline personality disorder.
am registered as an accredited practitioner of Mentalization Based treatment with the British Psychoanalytic Council. For further information, please see:


There is no fee for our initial meeting.

Although I do have a standard fee, a reduced fee can occasionally be negotiated. Only some session times are eligible for a reduced fee (e.g. within normal working hours).
We would usually discuss and agree fees during the first few sessions, taking into account your circumstances and your appointment time. Fees range between £60-£95.

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Further information

My consulting room is located in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11. It is very close to Golders Green, East Finchley (N2) and Finchley (N3). Conveniently situated near the North Circular (A406) and the A1, my practice is a few minutes from the nearest bus stop and 15 mins walk from the nearest tube. There is ample free parking nearby (no restrictions) and very good public transport.

The room is on the ground floor, with dedicated bathroom facilities on the first floor. Access to the consulting room is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Further information about my practice can be found through the following links:

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Maps & Directions

London, NW11
London, N2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Weekdays and weekday evenings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training


Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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