Psychotherapy and Counselling Service in Ealing Broadway W5
I am an experienced, approachable, psychotherapist and counsellor based in accessible premises in Ealing Broadway, West London. I offer both short term counselling and more in depth, long term psychotherapy.
Contact me if you are feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, have concerns about your mental health or simply feel the need to talk to someone. I offer a confidential, safe, non-judgemental space where we can work collaboratively to address your needs, explore your concerns and develop ways to make the changes you seek.
I have experience of working with clients with many concerns including, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, relationship difficulties, panic attacks, OCD, phobias, emotional abuse, family and work issues, bi-polar disorder, personality disorders, lack of confidence, low self esteem, concerns with sexual identity and gender, and trauma.
Working with a counsellor can help you see things in a new perspective and give you support through difficult times. Talking to a psychotherapist can help you to identify the underlying processes, past events and experiences that may be influencing the way you are currently feeling and dealing with the world. A professional therapist can reflect an objective view that is not always possible with friends and family. Seeking outside support may feel daunting and initially it may take courage but it will be the first step to a more fulfilling life.
My Location for Psychotherapy and Counselling in Ealing Broadway W5 2NR
My psychotherapy and counselling practice is centrally located in my own premises in Ealing Broadway W5 2NR. It is directly opposite Ealing Broadway tube station in the heart of Ealing and overlooking the trees on Haven Green.
There are excellent transport links (bus, underground and overground) to surrounding areas in West London including all areas of Ealing, Northfields, Hanwell, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Brentford, Hounslow, Kew, Northolt, Perivale, Richmond, Ruislip, Southall, Greenford, Shepherds Bush and Acton. In addition to public transport there are several car parks nearby including Springbridge Road and Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre.
Some of the nearby streets have free parking.
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My Approach to Psychotherapy and Counselling
As an Integrative Psychotherapist my aim is to meet the unique needs of each person I work with. The same approach does not suit everyone and therefore I draw on concepts from a range of theories, including humanistic, attachment, person-centred, psychodynamic and existential and, according to need, I use a variety of techniques including CBT and mindfulness.
Most importantly, as an Integrative practitioner, I believe that change comes about within the context of the relationship between myself and my client and consider that mutual trust, confidentiality and respect are paramount.
If psychotherapy and counselling are to be effective then you, as a client need to feel safe, respected, listened to and understood. Psychotherapy is not about giving people solutions and telling them what to do, it is about working together in order to identify the underlying processes and issues that need to be uncovered and addressed for change to take place . It may take commitment and courage and it may not always be easy but ultimately can make a really positive difference, leading to greater self acceptance, a greater sense of well-being and a more rewarding way of living.
I work with individuals, adults and young people, and offer both long and short term counselling sessions. Sessions are for 50 minutes and in most cases take place at the same time each week. I am available during the day, including Saturdays, and in the evenings.
Contact me via the email link, by phone or text 07762138014 if you are feeling anxious, stressed, depressed or have relationship difficulties or other concerns and are looking for a counsellor or psychotherapist in West
London, Acton, Chiswick, Brentford or Ealing
What is Integrative Psychotherapy?
There are many different approaches to psychotherapy and all approaches can be successful to a greater or lesser extent. The Integrative model is based on research which shows that the single most important factor for a successful outcome for therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist. The relationship needs to be based on trust and confidentiality, enabling the client to feel safe, listened to and respected. It is through the safety of the relationship between client and therapist that the process of change emerges. It is this concept underpins the Integrative model.
In addition to this, the Integrative model acknowledges the wealth of expertise and knowledge from other models and draws on concepts from a range of different theoretical approaches including Humanistic, Person Centred and Existential. More importantly, it sees a sense of well being arising from an integrated sense of self whereby emotional, cognitive, behavioural, somatic, social, cultural aspects are all taken into consideration, and all the different aspects of the self are acknowledged and respected.
My Experience as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor
I completed my post-graduate training at Metanoia Institute which has an international reputation. I continue to keep abreast of current developments through regular CPD workshops, seminars and lectures.
I have extensive experience of working with clients from a wide range of backgrounds, bringing many different concerns,including stress, relationship issues, lack of confidence, anger issues, anxiety and depression. I have worked in many settings including the psychotherapy department of a London teaching hospital, charitable institutions, organisations for young people and adolescents and within mainstream and special school settings. I now focus on my private practice.
I have also had experience of working within a Mental Health Trust.
Prior to Becoming a Counsellor and Psychotherapist
I have a background in psychology, a subject that has been a life long interest of mine and the subject of my first degree. Prior to my training as a counsellor and psychotherapist I worked for many years in the field of education, working with children and young people with learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties, including anxiety, depression, early trauma and problems with relationships.
Through this experience I gained an understanding of the importance of early development and, in particular, the impact early experiences can have on later life. It also gave me a profound belief in human resilience and a strong belief in our capacity for change.
I am confident that my life experience beyond the psychotherapeutic setting has enriched my practice and my understanding of the many difficulties we may face in life.
Feeling Unsure About Seeking Counselling or Psychotherapy?
Some people are worried that seeing a psychotherapist implies something negative about themselves and is in some way shameful or a sign of weakness. Sometimes people feel ashamed or uncomfortable about seeing a counsellor in case it implies something negative about themselves. However, far from this, I believe it demonstrates the ability to take care of oneself in a very positive way.
Few of us hesitate to seek medical help when we have physical symptoms and we tend to encourage those close to us to do the same. It is just as important to take care of our emotional and mental well-being and to seek professional help if we are depressed, anxious, stressed or worried about what is happening in our lives. It can be the first and most important step towards a better future.
During your first visit you we can discuss your concerns and what you would like to achieve and you can decide if you feel comfortable working with me.
― David Richo