Psychotherapy and Counselling
The decision to approach therapy or counselling can be a positive step. It may signify a desire to gain greater understanding and find the resources to make changes and improve one’s life.
People often come to psychotherapy or counselling when feeling low or in distress, but they may also come out of curiosity and a desire to learn and develop their awareness. Choosing who to see, if you decide you want therapy, can be difficult and is an entirely personal decision.
Significant life events such as bereavement and loss, relationship breakdowns or crises, employment issues etc may bring people to therapy. However, people are often also drawn to therapy when confronted by some sense of not being able to move forward, or change, or when questioning their sense of identity. There may be a sense of feeling unable to get over past events. Depression and anxiety are often present and very hard to get over alone.
Counselling and psychotherapy are both 'talking therapies' that help us to make sense of our lives. We aim to offer a safe, supportive environment where you can feel comfortable to explore and reflect upon any of the problems, dilemmas or frustrations that may face you.
We offer short-term counselling for clients who wish to focus on a specific problem for a brief period of time (usually 6-15 weekly sessions). People may benefit from addressing issues such as problems at work, coping with stress or life transitions, or making important decisions or plans for the future.
If difficulties are more complex and long-standing we may recommend longer term or more frequent psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is a dialogue which takes place over a longer period of time, perhaps structured in an open-ended way rather than for a fixed number of sessions. It is likely to cover many aspects of your life such as your personal history, your emotional life, your current relationships, your ambitions, your values and beliefs.
The benefits of psychotherapy include gaining a deeper awareness and understanding of your own thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour. It can strengthen relationships through enhanced awareness of the impact of your own behaviour, whilst improving tolerance of and boundaries with others. It can offer more effective strategies for managing low moods, anxiety, stress and anger. It can aid in the process of working through experiences of loss and trauma. Finally, it can encourage you to rediscover your self confidence and regain purpose and meaning in your life.
Jane Dawson, BA Hons, Dip., Adip., UKCP, MBACP is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor who offers a safe, supportive environment for people who are in distress or who are simply trying to make sense of their
In addition to her private practice Jane has over 8 years' experience of supporting people for organisations such as Mind, Age UK and Victim Support and mental health projects in North London. Her clients come from a broad variety of backgrounds and she has worked specifically with the effects of trauma, depression, loss, anxiety, weight issues, dementia, eating disorders and relationship problems.
Jane is a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and a member of BACP. She gained a post graduate diploma and an advanced diploma from Regent's College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Clinical Psychology
Dr Genevieve von Lob BSc (Hons) MSc DClinPsych CPsychol is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with over 8 years experience of working in the NHS and voluntary sector.
Genevieve is a highly experienced, skilled, sensitive, intuitive therapist. She values the individual as being the expert of their own lives and provides a space which allows clients to explore their difficulties in a safe, supportive, confidential and trusting environment.
Genevieve offers support across a range of emotional difficulties including:
• social anxiety
• obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• loss and bereavement
• anger management
• work-related issues
• relationship issue
Genevieve also works with people who simply wish to use therapy as a tool for personal growth and increased self awareness. Genevieve tailors her therapeutic approach to the needs of her clients. She has drawn influence from a number of schools, including cognitive-behavioural techniques, person-centred counselling, mindfulness approaches, existential perspectives, attachment and psychodynamic interpretations.
She gained her doctoral degree from Salomons in 2009 and is registered and accredited with the British Psychological Society and the Health Professions Council. She has recently completed a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London.
Genevieve also works in academic research and is currently working on a two year MRC funded project with the University of Keele examining the support needs of older adults with a diagnosis of HIV. Genevieve abides by the BPS code of ethics.