Psychotherapy in Forest Hill SE23 and online

Nick Williams MSc., CTA, PTSTA(P)

UKCP-registered psychotherapist and supervisor

Experienced psychotherapist offering confidential counselling and psychotherapy in South East London and online

Therapy in Forest Hill London SE23, and online

It can take a lot of energy to live with troubling thoughts, feelings and patterns. Many people find talking with a professional therapist, in a confidential and non-judgemental setting, helps them become more fully themselves and live more fulfilling lives.

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I have been a psychotherapist in private practice for 20 years - meeting with some clients for a few months and with others for several years.

Some people come knowing what they want to focus on, others just know something isn't right and want to explore what that might be.

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 a place to talk through your thoughts, feelings and experiences, in a setting which is safe, thoughtful and confidential.

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.

If you'd prefer to work with a female therapist, you might want to contact Annie Rimmer who works on the border of Forest Hill and Sydenham.

About me...

Originally from South 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 started training as a counsellor in 1998, and later as a psychotherapist and supervisor.

Alongside my private practice with clients and supervisees, I have worked as a sexual-health counsellor, as an honorary group psychotherapist in the NHS, and taught on psychotherapy training programmes.

My approach...

My original training was in Transactional Analysis, at Metanoia Institute in West London.

My way of working now draws on other therapeutic approaches as well, 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, and how they might be understood, changed or let go.

Issues that therapy may help with include...


Panic attacks

Relationship difficulties

Self-harm or suicidal feelings

Grief, loss or bereavement

Feeling different

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'

Where I work

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.

Times and fees

Individual therapy sessions last 50 minutes.

My standard fee for an in-person or online session is £70.

Ongoing sessions take place at the same time each week.


If you'd like to contact me, please use this form to email.

If you would prefer to speak or leave a voicemail, you can call me on 07812 568 063

All enquires are treated as strictly confidential.

Some frequently asked questions

What's the difference between counselling and therapy?

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.

How long does therapy continue for?

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.

Will everything I say be kept confidential?

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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