T. Toby Burton
Hello, I'm Toby Burton, and I am a psychotherapist and counsellor working in the private sector and NHS in London. I work with adults and young people from all walks of life, on a wide range of issues, including:
- addiction (including drugs, alcohol, porn)
- loss of purpose/meaning
- low self-esteem/self-confidence
- relationship problems.
I have worked in addiction for 25 years, and helped a multitude of drug and alcohol dependent people with their substance use problems and underlying emotional issues. In recent years, I have also helped many people struggling with the use of pornography.
I am able to offer counselling in-person, over the telephone or by video call.
If you have any questions about psychotherapy, counselling or addiction counselling, then I would like to welcome you to get in touch with me either by calling or texting me on 07785 340 781 or click here to send me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Art & Design, Sir John Cass School of Art
MA (Distinction) Counselling & Psychotherapy, School of Psychology, University of East London
I'm a husband, a father, and a musician.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
From £65.00 to £70.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
50 minute session (in-person in NW5, by video or telephone call)
£35 (Free through Counselling Directory)
Psychotherapy / Counselling
50 minute session (in-person, by video-call or telephone)
£65-70 (dependent on time of day)
Addiction Counselling Fees
1-1 Addiction Counselling (while still drinking, whilst detoxing / controlling / reducing)
50 minute counselling session (in-person in NW5, by video or telephone call)
£65-70 (dependent on time of day)
1-1 Addiction Counselling Session, plus WhatsApp or other messaging service support
50 minute weekly counselling session (in-person in NW5, by video or telephone call)
plus daily messaging contact over WhatsApp or similar (inc. weekends, with reasonable boundaries discussed)
1-1 Shorter Video/Telephone Counselling Support (during detox* / reduction / moderation)
25 minute session (video or telephone call) £35
10 minute check-in support (video or telephone call) £12
(*detox must be undertaken in the care of a regulated addiction service (privately or NHS-funded) )
1-1 WhatsApp or similar messaging service support
Daily messaging contact (inc. weekends, with reasonable boundaries discussed)
£35-50 per week
My hours are 8am-6pm Wednesdays & Thursdays, and 8am-12pm Fridays.
An initial session to assess your counselling needs is free through Counselling Directory.
I am an ‘integrative’ psychotherapist and counsellor, which means I believe that a single therapy approach - one of those listed below - will not help you with all issues that arise for you, and that there are many different therapeutic ways for problems to be explored and worked on. Consequently, I draw techniques and ideas from different ‘schools’ of therapy, depending on the needs of the people I see.
Psychotherapy versus counselling
In case you don’t know, psychotherapy involves deeply exploring emotional issues and their roots, and so is usually a longer-term process - many months, sometimes years, as opposed to weeks. Psychotherapists are qualified to a higher level than counsellors and are trained to be able to ‘diagnose’ what is going on for you psychologically. Counselling, on the other hand, tends to be shorter term work to identify problems and change patterns of thinking and behaving, in the here and now.
My toolbox of therapy approaches
Here is a brief explanation of some of the different approaches that I integrate into my practice - in no particular order.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Put quite simply, this is an approach that is useful for exploring and breaking cycles of unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, uncomfortable feelings and self-defeating behaviours, which impact on you in the present. It sometimes involves you undertaking some between-session tasks and challenges, but in its basic form it can be a tool to help you better understand what's going on for you.
This approach allows you to talk freely and openly, and my role is to listen and guide you to discover solutions to your problems for yourself by nurturing greater self-awareness and drawing on your innate potential to make changes towards a more satisfying and positive way of living.
I use a series of questions taken from this approach to help people get a better sense of their goal, and to envision a future free of their problem. Rather than focus on their current 'symptoms' or concerns, this model helps people develop the skills, resources and abilities they need to achieve their vision, and move them from where they are, to where they want to be.
This is a useful approach for looking at the roots of current problems. This is done by exploring unconscious thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and patterns in relationships, that have their root in the past but continue to impact on the present.
Intensive short-term psychodynamic therapy (ISTDP)
I use ideas from this school of therapy to help people understand how anxiety works, and how our problems are the result of our cognitive and behavioural defences against facing and effectively acting on our emotions.
Techniques and tools from this therapy are helpful to look at what are called 'life-traps' or schemas - patterns of seeing yourself, others, and the world. These develop and stay with you into adulthood, as a result of things that were done to you as a child, such as not being shown enough love, empathy and guidance, or being abandoned or abused.
I use exercises and experiments taken from this approach to help my clients explore and reconnect with aspects of themselves that they have been disregarding, overlooking or denying, as well as to examine personal conflicts.
I use this approach to therapy to look at how we interact with others. It is useful as a way of resolving conflicts or relationship issues.
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment. For some people, understanding and practising mindfulness, and in particular, mindful meditations, can be a way of controlling anxiety and depression.