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.

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Sharon Harrison BA Hons Psych, MA, ADIP, UKCP

Sharon is an integrative psychotherapist. In addition to her private psychotherapy practice she has over 14 years’ experience working in the field of social care, with a varied client group including those with physical and learning difficulties.

For 7 years Sharon has worked supportively with people with severe and enduring mental health problems in the public and private sector. Her psychotherapy experience also includes work with students in higher education within a university counselling service, and for Mind with a diverse and varied client group. She integrates psychoanalytic theory (mainly attachment based models) with those informed by Existential philosophy. Sharon sees clients in Islington and also South West London.