Maggi RussellCounselling and Psychotherapy

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Psychotherapy and Counselling in North London N19

Welcome to my Psychotherapy and Counselling Service.

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I am a fully accredited (UKCP) Psychotherapist and Counsellor with over 15 years experience, practising in Archway, Islington N19.

For the time being I am offering online sessions only, via Zoom, Skype, Facetime or any other platform you prefer. This can be a convenient and safe option from the comfort of your own home, and works just as successfully as meeting in person.

With all the increasingly complex stresses and challenges of modern life, anxiety, depression and addictions are on a worryingly upward trend. Deciding to see a psychotherapist/counsellor can provide a calm, safe and sympathetic space to explore however you are feeling and the underlying causes, and you will get the support you need. Whether you are seeking short term counselling, or longer term psychotherapy, together we can explore whatever issues you are struggling with.

Perhaps you are in need of a sympathetic person to talk to, someone who will listen without judgement to whatever difficulties you are experiencing in your life or relationships. You may be suffering recurring struggles with anxiety or depression, low self-esteem, or unexplained panic attacks which are making life unbearable. Maybe it feels like time to confront and let go of any self-defeating patterns that are hindering the achievement of your goals.

Some clients come to therapy because they feel blocked in their creativity, seeking release from long held inhibitions. Others just want to be heard and understood, lacking validation from family and friends. Authenticity is the key, a coming home to the person you were born to be, before life events and difficult family relationships created distortions in your sense of self. Unwarranted guilt and shame can be very destructive, interfering with a realistic vision of yourself. Often childhood trauma can lead to the build up of defensive strategies that have now become counter-productive in your adult life.

I can offer you short or long-term holistic counselling and psychotherapy to support you at this difficult time. I work with a wide range of clients, from those wishing to focus on a particular issue in their lives, to those who don't understand why they persistently feel low or confused, or students who need to be in psychotherapy as part of their training.

Deciding to see a counsellor/psychotherapist can be daunting. so my personal approach is warm, non-judgmental, respectful, attentive and compassionate.(This is known as a humanistic or person-centred orientation.) I tailor my approach to meet my clients' needs, whether they just want to talk, or are interested in creatively exploring dream work, visualisations, the inner child, body work or meditation. For some life is seen as a spiritual journey, for others simple peace of mind is their ultimate goal.

"Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power."
(Lao Tzu)

Going to counselling/psychotherapy can also be very useful if you are having difficulties in relationship with your partner, family or at work. Maybe you just want to understand more about yourself, or to explore how your past is impacting on the present. Seeing a counsellor for short term work, or entering longer term psychotherapy provides the support you need.

I aim to provide a private, confidential and supportive space in which to explore and share difficult feelings without fear of judgment, criticism or pressure. We will examine your options, and identify your blocks.

I am a mature person with a great deal of life experience, which I believe deepens my understanding and empathy for my clients' dilemmas.

My training, interests and practice integrate all the traditional approaches to psychotherapy. (See The Integrative Approach in FAQ)

I use the terms counsellor and psychotherapist interchangeably here, although counselling usually involves short term work around a particular issue, while psychotherapy is more longterm and exploratory, particularly into the past and early childhood experiences.

“The healing factor is in the power of a person’s psyche, given the right support, to resolve its own conflicts.”
(C.G Jung)

If using public transport, my practice is located within a two minute walk from Archway Underground Station. There is pay and display parking very close by, with free parking after 6.30pm.

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My counselling and psychotherapy practice is based Archway N19 in North London, within easy reach of Highgate, Tufnell Park, Kentish Town,Camden Town, Hampstead, Islington, Crouch End and Muswell Hill. N19, N1, N6, N8, N10, NW5.

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