T. Toby Burton. MA Couns. & Psych. (Dist.), MBACP (Accred.).
Hello, and thank you for visiting my profile page.
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), relationship issues, anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder), depression, anger, and life-stage transition.
An initial meeting to assess your counselling needs is charged at about half my usual session rate, and is free during July and August, if you come through this site.
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 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.
Choosing a therapist
As you will see from a Google search, there are lots of counsellors and psychotherapists based in Kentish Town (NW5), and lots more in the surrounding areas. As a result, after reading a number of profiles, it's easy to be left feeling overwhelmed and confused. The only way of knowing for certain whether a counsellor is right for you is to meet them, and sit with them, but as therapists tend to charge at least £60 per session, you may also feel also like you can’t afford to make too many wrong choices.
Taking this into account, I charge a little over half my usual session rate for our initial meeting; I see this session as a chance for you to get a sense of whether you feel comfortable working with me; and for me to understand your issues, and to be sure that I am the right person to help you with them.
In the process of choosing a therapist online, the first thing to check is that she or he is registered with a professional body. This ensures they abide by a strict code of ethics. Then comes the job of reading the profiles. If you know what therapeutic approach you prefer this can be a way of narrowing the field. Some people, however, quite understandably, don’t know which therapeutic approach is the best fit to help them with their problem. In this case I would suggest either doing some research or choosing to see an integrative counsellor or psychotherapist who, once they have a measure of a person and their presenting problem, is trained to be able to draw on a ‘toolbox’ of approaches, techniques and ideas that fit with your needs. Also, make sure your therapist lists your issues among those the she or he has worked with before.
As well as the above, you are naturally likely to be drawn to faces that you like, as well as other visual cues that include ethnicity, age, gender and style. Further considerations may of course be price, location and experience or specialism.
I would welcome a meeting with you to discuss your situation. However, if you don’t feel I look or read like the right therapist to help you, I wish you the best of luck in finding that person. I have every confidence that you will.
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
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Contract / Fees
Everything you talk about in our sessions is confidential. The only time we would need to talk about breaching this confidentiality is if you or anyone you talked about was at risk of harm or harming someone else, or in any kind of danger.
Sessions last for 50 minutes, and are usually arranged on a weekly basis for a time-limited or open-ended period of time.
An initial meeting to assess your counselling needs is £35. My usual session fee is £65. I have a few weekly sessions charged at a lower rate, at less busy times of the day - please email me to discuss availability of these, rates and times.
You can pay in cash, by cheque or by BACS transfer before, at or after the session.
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
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.
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.
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