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 ¼” – 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:
counselling or therapy with Lokadhi
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 ...
areas I work with
With lengthy experience in addressing stress-related issues, I specialise in psychosomatic difficulties, and support clients in coming to terms with many concerns, including:
bereavement and grief
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)
compulsive and addictive behaviours
gender and sexual identity
pain and illness
I offer consultations at the Barnsbury Therapy Rooms, 144 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 1LA. The therapy rooms are on the first floor, and I regret there is no lift.
The entrance is a glass door labelled Barnsbury Therapy Rooms - between the metal gates to the Mapples Business Centre which have 144 displayed on them and the vet's which is painted bright orange - not through the metal gates ...
I sometimes also offer appointments at Bodymind, 72 Holloway Road, London N7 8JG. There is stepped access and, I regret, no lift.
I'll let you have detailed directions to the appropriate venue when we arrange an initial appointment.