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T. Toby Burton. MA Couns. & Psych. (Dist.), MBACP (Accred.).

Kentish Town, London, NW5
07785 340 781 07785 340 781 Registered / Accredited

About me

Hello, and thank you for visiting my profile page. I hope you are safe and well.

My private practice and other work.

In my private practice I work in the short and long-term with young and older adults from all walks of life, on problems related to addiction (alcoholism, drug abuse, sex), anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder), relationship issues, anger, depression, and life-stage transition.

I currently practise privately in Kentish Town, and work in the NHS counselling young adults and university students at Marylebone Health Centre, and older adults with alcohol and drug dependence issues at Lisson Grove Health Centre.

I also have nearly 25 years of experience working in the private sector with people struggling with addiction, and addiction related-issues.

New counselling and support package during lockdown

​During the lockdown, I am offering a new package of counselling and support options to add to my in-person psychotherapy offering. This includes sessions over the telephone or by video call, which I hope will be helpful to those who are socially isolated and need more regular support. These options may also help those managing addiction issues at this time. Being by telephone and video call, they also widen my availability geographically.

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Integrative

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Contract / Fees

Everything you talk about in our sessions is confidential. We would need to talk about breaching this confidentiality if you or anyone you talked about was at risk of harm or harming someone else, or in any kind of danger.

Confidentiality re: Coronavirus
If I develop a cough, temperature or flu symptoms, I will notify you immediately and may be obliged to inform the NHS of people I’ve been in contact with. In this case, I may need to share your name and contact details but not the context in which I know you. However, you may be contacted by the NHS.

Coronavirus Symptoms
If I have been in contact with a person who has contracted the virus, I will notify you immediately and will self-isolate. You also agree to notify me if you have any Coronavirus-like or flu-like symptoms before seeing me in person. I can, health permitting, then offer counselling via telephone or video call (see below).

From 1st July I can once again offer the option of socially-distanced sessions. Sessions by video-call or telephone remain available for those who would prefer to avoid in-person contact at this time.


Please note: If your income has been significantly affected by the Covid crisis and you want to discuss a concessionary fee to help you through these difficult times, please drop me a message or email.

In-person (socially-distanced)

50 minute session: £65 / £70 (dependent on the time of day)
Initial session to assess your counselling needs: £35

By telephone / video-call
50 minute session: £60 / £65 (dependent on the time of day)
Initial session to assess your counselling needs: £35

Shorter Counselling Option
By telephone / video-call
25 minute session: £35

Addiction Detox/Aftercare/Recovery Support Options (usually following an agreed number of 50 minute sessions to explore your issue)
By telephone / video-call
25 minute session: £35
15 minute session: £20

Please note that these fees are subject to change, but those agreed at time of offering will stand until the guidelines around social distancing and isolation are lifted. At that time, we would re-discuss fees.

You can pay in cash, by cheque or by BACS transfer before, at or after the session.

Cancellation Policy
Seven days notice is required to cancel or rearrange a weekly appointment, otherwise a full fee is payable. Should I have to cancel a session, I will offer an alternative time and give you as much notice as possible.

I understand there may be times when contact between us is necessary outside of our booked session time. I do check my emails and phone messages regularly but must advice that I am not always able to respond straight away. I shall not make contact with you outside of our sessions unless I need to change a scheduled session.

Our relationship will remain a professional therapeutic relationship. The boundaries of our relationship will be discussed during our first meeting and should be maintained by both parties.

Ethics and Code of Conduct
As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy I abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

How I work

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.

Person-centred therapy

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.

Solution-focused therapy

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.

Psychodynamic therapy

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.

Schema therapy

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.

Gestalt Therapy

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.

Transactional analysis

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. ​​​

Kentish Town

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Types of client

Young people
Older adults


T. Toby Burton. MA Couns. & Psych. (Dist.), MBACP (Accred.).

T. Toby Burton. MA Couns. & Psych. (Dist.), MBACP (Accred.).