“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

— C.S. Lewis

Welcome

I am an experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor working with individuals and couples either face to face or online. I offer short-term, longer-term and open-ended counselling. My practice is based in Kensal Rise, close to good transport links and a short distance from Kensal Green, Queens Park and Brondesbury Park. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.


I offer a confidential, safe, respectful and supportive space to help you to explore and address your anxieties and concerns. My intention is to offer you a warm, accepting and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship to enable you to explore, identify and start to understand your issues. Together we will begin to make sense of what's going on in your life right now and explore how your present patterns of behaviour and ways of thinking have been influenced by the things that have happened to you in your past. My aim in addressing what is happening in your life at the moment and connecting it to your past is to provide you with a framework to better understand your relationship with yourself and to start to develop new ways of being and thinking in order to live your life more fully.


What can therapy help with?

If you are experiencing any of the following, then talking to a therapist could be useful:

• Difficult emotions, such as grief, guilt, sadness, confusion, anger and low self-esteem

• Difficult life events, such as bereavement or losing your job

• Upsetting or traumatic experiences, whether it's something recent or something that happened a long time ago

  • A sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Lack of confidence in your personal or work life
  • Difficulties with intimacy and personal relationships
  • Domestic abuse
  • Relationship problems with colleagues or friends
  • Life changing events such as divorce, separation or a recent domestic or personal upheaval
  • Relationship problems within your family, for instance with your parents, siblings, children or partner
  • Long-term physical health problems
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts

This list is by no means definitive. If you are unsure of whether counselling can help then the best thing to do is get in touch to find out more about whether you could benefit from talking through your problems with me.

If I believe that you are better served by another form of therapy then I will tell you so and give you some pointers about where else to seek help.


If you are looking for Couples Counselling then you may find it useful to click on the page called Couples to find out more information about how we would work together.


Why Counselling?

People come to see a counsellor for all sorts of reasons. You may be aware that you are suffering from anxiety and/or depression and know that you need counselling to resolve things. But, there are many other reasons for seeing a therapist.

You may be clear about what you want from therapy or you may only know that you need support from someone who isn't a friend or family member.

It could be that you are feeling overwhelmed by a recent crisis or that a long term problem isn't getting any better, or might even be getting worse.

You may be feeling that things from your past are holding you back or that you are stuck in a rut and unable to think of a way out of it on your own. You may also be feeling lonely and isolated and need help to address your issues. Or you may just know that something isn't right even if you can't quite identify what the problem is.

Research has shown that the nature of the therapeutic relationship has the greatest influence on the outcome of therapy. Therefore it is important that you find a therapist who you can feel comfortable with and who feels right.

If you would like to discuss how I work - or check out whether counselling is a good option for you - before making an appointment, then please feel free to call me on 07966 396199. All calls are strictly confidential.


My Therapeutic Approach

I am trained as an integrative counsellor, meaning that I have studied a number of different theoretical and therapeutic approaches, tailoring my work according to the needs of each individual.

My approach is rooted in an interest in the relationship between our bodies and our minds and in an understanding of attachment theory, which is a theory that suggests that the way that we relate to others in our adult lives is influenced by the relationships that we experience during childhood.

This does not mean that we will spend our sessions rooted in the past. Instead, we will work in the present. How much we use your past experiences to explore current limiting patterns of behaviour will depend on what is best for you.

Where do I work?

My counselling room is in Kensal Rise, close to Kensal Green and Kensal Rise stations. I am within easy reach of Queens Park, North Kensington, Kilburn, West Hampstead, Willesden, Harlesden and Dollis Hill.


There are public transport links nearby and parking metres a short walk away if you are travelling by car.

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery


What Happens Next?

Counselling offers a space for you to talk about your thoughts and feelings in an environment where you will not be judged and where you may find yourself able to talk more freely and perhaps discuss and explore things in a way that might not be possible with your friends and family.


But taking the first steps to see a therapist can be daunting and confusing. Even though you are searching for a counsellor right now you may still find yourself wondering whether therapy is right for you.


If you are unsure then the best thing to do is to come for an initial session (75 minutes) to get a sense of what it feels like to talk to me. During that session we can discuss together whether I am the right person for your needs.


If you would feel more comfortable speaking to me on the phone before arranging a session then you are welcome to call me on 07966 396199 or email me to arrange a brief telephone conversation to talk through your concerns.


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