It can take a lot of energy to live with troubling thoughts, feelings and patterns. Many people have found talking with a professional therapist, in a confidential and non-judgemental setting, has helped them become more fully themselves and live more fulfilling lives.
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I have worked in private practice for more than fifteen years, meeting with some clients for a few months and with others for several years. Some people come with an idea of what they want to focus on, others just know something isn’t right.
I am committed to ethical, non-discriminatory practice and welcome clients of all identities, cultures, faiths and sexualities. As an accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), I abide by their ethical principles and code of professional conduct.
Therapy can be a complex and sometimes challenging process, and there are many different ways to understand what might be happening. I’m always happy to talk about how its going and how we’re working together.
Choosing a therapist
Psychotherapy is, fundamentally, a place to talk through your thoughts, feelings and experiences, with a trained therapist, in a setting which is safe, confidential and thoughtful.
However long it lasts, therapy is a significant commitment for both client and therapist. It’s not unusual to talk with more than one therapist before deciding who you’d like to work with.
Originally from Wales, I have lived in London for more than thirty years. I first worked in the arts and then for an international corporate company.
I first trained as a counsellor, then as a psychotherapist and supervisor.
Alongside my private practice, I have worked as a sexual-health counsellor, as an honorary group psychotherapist in the NHS, and taught on psychotherapy training programmes.
My original training was in Transactional Analysis, at Metanoia Institute.
My way of working now also draws on other therapeutic approaches, in response to what a client may bring.
I have a particular interest in ‘relational’ psychotherapy – a way of exploring repetitive, and often painful patterns, how they might be understood, and what change might look like.
Self-harm or suicidal feelings
Grief, loss or bereavement
Trauma and stress
Anger and power
Making sense of childhood
Lack of confidence or self-esteem
Sex and sexuality
Difficulties at work
Feeling ‘something isn’t right’
I work in Forest Hill, London SE23. My practice is less than 5 minutes walk from Forest Hill station, which is served by Southern Trains services between London Bridge, London Victoria and Croydon, and London Overground services between Highbury & Islington, Canada Water and Croydon.
Online sessions take place over a number of different platforms.
Individual therapy sessions take place at the same time each week and last 50 minutes.
My standard fee for in-person or online sessions is £60.
I am not starting work with new couples at this time.
Counselling tends to be seen as ‘short-term’ work with a problem that can be looked at and discussed in a clearly-resolvable way. Therapy is a word used more to describe longer-term work; discussion that tends towards substantial issues at a deeper level.
Whether counselling or therapy work best as a short- or long-term option depends on the client though, and the difficulties they are facing. In some cases counselling can prove helpful as a continuing, longer-term option, and therapy occaisionally resolves an issue in just a few sessions.
There’s no fixed or ideal length of time for the counselling process; it varies from person to person and will often depend on the depth of the issues they want to explore.
This depends on what your needs are. Some people find that after only a very few sessions they have some clarity and focus and choose to end. Other people value the ongoing support and the therapeutic relationship and come for weeks, months, or years.
Confidentiality is one of the main ways in which therapy differs from many other forms of helping; talking to friends or family can rarely offer the same degree of confidentiality. The confidentiality and trust between a client and therapist can allow the work to go as deep as necessary.
I’m happy to discuss confidentiality in depth with clients for whom this is a major concern.
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