counselling or therapy in London with Lokadhi
"Thank you for being such a wonderful guide and travel companion on my journey! I feel very, very lucky to have crossed paths, and on lots of counts. But here's a few:
Your remarkable ability to 'get’ me. I know it's sort of the point of the job, but it still amazes me how effortlessly good you are at it!
Your warmth and humour. No matter how stressed or tired I've been, I always looked forward to our sessions as an enjoyable highlight of my week
And last, for totally contradicting what I thought 'Mindfulness Therapy' would be - upending expectations of any austere focus and discipline, and showing me something far more rich, messy and life-affirming, than I'd ever anticipated" (from a former client)
You may be feeling alone with whatever’s troubling you, and find it helpful to share the issues that concern you with a therapist or counsellor.
As a long-term mindfulness practitioner, and one of few people specifically trained to bring mindfulness to therapy or counselling, I offer something particular. Research suggests that therapists who have some training in mindfulness have more positive outcomes with their clients than those who have not.
My style is creative and intuitive – whilst drawing on a strong theoretical framework. I listen non-judgementally with genuine interest and concern, and offer thoughtful, attentive support in a personal, safe space. Where appropriate, I bring mindfulness into the therapeutic process.
If you’re struggling – feeling low, confused or at a loss where to turn – I can help you deepen your understanding of yourself: who you are, where you’ve come from, where you are now and where you may be heading ...
Through learning to listen to ourselves more deeply we can access our own powerful inner resources for transformation and healing – handle stress more effectively. I offer you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of yourself: who you are, where you’ve come from, where you are now and where you may be heading.
If you're wondering whether I'd suit you as a therapist or counsellor, the following may help ...
why therapy or counselling?
Sometimes we feel unhappy with ourselves, or struggle to understand unhelpful aspects of our behaviour:
- you may be facing a life crisis or struggling with ongoing challenges – and need support of someone not caught up in the situation
- maybe you’re low or anxious without really understanding why – feeling afraid, stuck, confused, helpless or aimless
- or you may want to review the way you live your life, move towards greater depth and meaning
- perhaps you’re aware of an underlying sense of unease and want to increase your ability to live in a more satisfying resourceful way
- you might recognise certain recurrent patterns in your life and feel unable to change them
Discussing the past or present, exploring patterns that could affect your future, could help you towards understanding and self-acceptance.
Therapy and counselling can open out ways of moving forward: talking with an experienced therapist or counsellor can broaden your perspective and give greater awareness of the full range of choices open to you.
"Don’t be ashamed to be a human being, be proud! Inside you one vault after another opens endlessly.
You’ll never be complete, and that’s as it should be." - Tomas Transtromer
“Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“Life is not hurrying on to a receding future, nor hankering after an imagined past.”
– R. S. Thomas
“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination …” – Mary Oliver
"The greatest gift you can give anyone is some attention."
– Rabbi Lionel Blue
“There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him” – Charles Bukowski
questions you might have about therapy or counselling
You may feel that therapy or counselling could help you, but are unsure of what’s involved.
People often ask about the difference between therapy and counselling. The terms are frequently used interchangeably, and it may not be clear at the beginning which would be more helpful to you.
It can be helpful to find a therapist or counsellor who offers both: you can explore the options at an initial appointment. Ideally, there'll be flexibility that enables your work together to deepen and adjust according to your circumstances at the time.
You might be feeling that therapy or counselling could help you, but still have questions – or are wondering whether I'll suit you as a therapist or counsellor. I hope the following may help:
areas I work with
I would be pleased to explore whether we might work together, whatever your difficulties.
With lengthy experience in addressing stress-related issues, I specialise in psychosomatic issues, and support clients in coming to terms with many concerns, including:
cabuse (domestic and sexual)
addiction and dependency
anxiety (general, social, health, workplace)
bereavement and grief
career and work-related issues
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)
creativity and self-expression
conflict (relational, family, workplace)
crisis (personal and spiritual)
complex PTSD, developmental trauma
compulsive, addictive and habitual behaviours
concentration, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD
diversity (gender, race, physical, neuro-diversity)
eating disorders, relationship with food
faith and issues relating to spirituality
family issues (parenting, adoption, step-parenting)
gender, LGBTQ issues
intrusive or repetitive thoughts
life changes (health, redundancy, retirement, ageing, separation, divorce, ‘empty-nest’)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
one-to-one mindfulness training
pain and illness (chronic, acute, recent diagnosis)
panic attacks, panic episodes
sexual and gender identity, LGBTQ issues
relationships (intimate/sexual, romantic, family, workplace)
self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-worth
sexual and/or physical abuse (childhood and adult)
sexuality, gender and LGBTQ issues
stress, overwhelm and burnout
trauma (single incident, developmental)
work/life balance, work-related concerns
Getting to your appointment. I'll let you have detailed directions to enable you to access the appropriate venue when we arrange an initial appointment.
City Therapy Rooms are a couple of minutes' walk from Chancery Lane tube station and ten minutes from Farringdon (Crossrail and London Overground); frequent buses - 8, 17, 25, 45, 46, 341, 521, N8 - pass close by.
There is very restricted street parking, and you are advised to use public transport or take a cab. I normally see clients on one of the upper floors and I regret there is no lift, but with advance notice it may be possible to arrange appointments in more accessible ground floor rooms.
Barnsbury Therapy Rooms are ten minutes' walk from Angel tube station and a similar distance from both Highbury and Islington (tube, London Overground and National Rail), Caledonian Road and Barnsbury stations; frequent buses (4,19, 30, 43) run along Upper Street (five minutes away) and other routes (38, 73,120, 121, 271) are within walking distance.
Metered parking is available in Liverpool Road and nearby Gibson Square. The therapy rooms are on the first floor. I regret there is no lift.