It's good to talk, but it’s even better to be listened to. With everything that is happening in life right now, sometimes we lose perspective or find ourselves experiencing difficulties, anxiety or depression. I see counselling as the opportunity to explore a greater range of choices, whilst experiencing the relief associated with being able to share thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential environment.
Counselling facilitates a greater understanding of what lies beneath our thoughts and feelings and in doing so can help reveal new ways of experiencing ourselves and others. It is an opportunity to explore ourselves, in the hope that feelings of despair, stuckness, and inevitability give way to a more optimistic, happier way of being.
I am an integrative counsellor who trained at London's Minster Centre. Prior to this I had a performing arts background which gives me a particular understanding of musicians and others who perform or work in creative fields.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have a special interest in working with the LGBTQ+ community having volunteered for Switchboard for many years before becoming a counsellor.
I offer an initial consultation session for a fee of £40 during which we will discuss how we might work together and also agree a fee. These currently range between £60-80 per session.
I offer both short- and long-term counselling and see people for as long as they continue to find it helpful and empowering.
I currently offer counselling in rooms in Dalston and Holloway:
HQ Therapy Dalston
83a Kingsland High Street
12 Mayton Street
Please get in touch if you are thinking of coming for a first appointment, or would like to find out more about my work.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
This policy controls how I use, maintain and disclose information collected from clients of Counselling in North London. It applies to the practice, website and services offered online or by phone.
I will ask you to sign a copy of this policy if you wish to continue counselling after the initial appointment to state that you have understood and agree with how I collect, store and hold your information before we begin.
Personal Details and how they are stored
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018, any records relevant to our sessions will be kept confidential and held in a secure manner. Electronic documents will be encrypted and any hard copies kept in a locked cabinet. The following personal details will be held on file: name, address, contact details, date of birth, GP contact details and any relevant medical information. Client session notes will be held securely on file for 6 years and then destroyed.
Sharing your personal information
I will not disclose any information to a third party other than in the event that in my opinion there is a threat to your own safety or to the safety of others, or if I am obliged to do so by law. If it becomes necessary to disclose information for these purposes I would always try to do this in discussion with you and with your prior consent. My governing body the BACP requires me to have appropriate supervision for all clients.
You have the right to ask for a copy of your personal information, and for any incorrect information about you to be updated. You have the right to ask for any of your information to be deleted. These rights are mandatory except for data that I have a legal obligation to keep on file.
In line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018, the data controller is Robert Thompson (Counselling in North London).