I am a MBACP registered counsellor and have been in private practice for over 20 years. I work with individuals, from teenagers to the elderly and all of those in between, on a short term basis of 10 to 12 sessions or on an open-ended basis long term.
Talking with friends and family is invaluable, but sometimes it might feel too risky to expose them to your darker thoughts and feelings. This is when having your own private space to express and explore what you are experiencing may become attractive to you.
Some of the problems which have prompted people to seek my help are:
- Low self-esteem
- Eating Disorders
- Relationship difficulties
- Traumatic childhood experience
Therapy is a process of discovery, which most of us would not embark on if it were not for the problems we encounter, yet it is an enriching process.
My approach is a mixture of psychodynamic and existential. Psychodynamic therapy stresses the significance of our childhood experience in shaping our patterns of relating and our sense of self and highlights how these are still active in our adult relationships even though we are unaware of them. By becoming more aware of these patterns and their influence of how we see ourselves in relation to others, we can make adjustments which give us a different perspective. From existential therapy I agree that there are certain fundamental aspects of human existence which challenge us and can make us anxious: we must create meaning in our lives; our lives are finite; we are ultimately alone; and we are thrown into a world not of our making. To encounter any of these may be challenging but are not pathological and can, indeed, highlight our freedom to pursue a life of meaning and significance in our own terms.
I returned to London in 2013 having worked in Bath, Somerset from 1995. There I set up a counselling centre, Sulis Practice, of 8 therapists as well as providing the counselling service to GP practices in Bath and Bristol. In addition to my private practice in London I also work one day a week at Nightingale Hospital, a private hospital in Marylebone.
My fee is £60 per session
For more information see my website www.janomahonycounselling.co.uk