Counselling and Therapy in Central London


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"A good therapist must create a new therapy with every person they see." Irvin Yalom

My name is Jan O'Mahony. I am a fully qualified psychodynamic counsellor (BSc.MBACP) with over 20 years experience, accredited and registered with BACP.

I offer psychodynamic counselling and therapy to people living or working in Central London and Islington. I also offer counselling using VSee or Skype to those who have to travel as part of their work.

My fee is 60 for individuals and 80 for couples. I offer concessions to those who really need it but do not take health insurance. For those with health insurance, please see FAQ

I see people in the following locations:

In Central London:
At 37-41, Gower Street, WC1E 6HH on Wednesdays.
In Islington, London:
At City Road Therapy, 335 City Road, London EC1V 1LJ on Mondays.



There is something you need to talk about, but where do you turn?

Talking with friends and family is invaluable, but they are involved in your life and it might feel too risky to expose them to your darker thoughts and feelings. There could be too much at stake. This may be when a counsellor is just the right person to turn to, someone with whom there is nothing at stake. Or it may be less that you have a problem nagging at you, but that you want to review where you are at in your life and explore some of the deeper influences on you, without the interference of others' perspectives.


People have come to me for counselling for a variety of reasons including:

  • Depression and feeling life is pointless and useless
  • Anxiety, agitation, panic attacks and PTSD
  • Trying to please others and feeling invisible and unappreciated
  • Eating disorders
  • The legacy of childhood sexual abuse
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Coping with older age
  • The turmoil of being an adolescent & trying to find your place in life
  • The impact of being adopted
  • Couples experiencing difficulties and conflicts.
  • Counselling and Therapy can help you to:

  • clarify and articulate what you are thinking and feeling
  • see how your past influences & continues to affect your present life
  • see what part you play in your relationships to others and the world
  • face painful and difficult feelings
  • prioritise what is most important to you so you can look forward with greater confidence.
  • What is Psychodynamic Counselling?

    Put briefly, psychodynamic counselling stresses the significance of our early childhood experience in shaping our patterns of relating and our sense of self. It highlights how these patterns are still active in our adult relationships, even though we are unaware of them and they may no longer reflect our adult status. By noticing and becoming more aware of your taken-for-granted expectations and attitudes, and the ways in which you interpret the world and your place in it, you can make adjustments to this 'world view' which will serve you better.

    A Few Comments from Past Clients

    "Wow! What a relief it is to discover me and operate from there, rather than dance around trying to be what I thought others wanted me to be. Going to therapy has been so worth it." Mike Joseph

    "Thank you for our sessions over the past year. They've really helped me get to a point of better understanding and acceptance of myself and the relationship that dominated the last few years of my life. I feel in a much better position to navigate the next few years and indeed decades, whatever they may hold." Tamara Blake

    "I highly recommend Jan. She is a real person with a good sense of humour as well as having great insight. I felt at ease from the first session." Daniel Campbell

    Some Ted Talks of interest

    Julian Baggini "Is there a real you?" is well worth watching. In this talk Julian Baggini challenges the idea that we have a fixed core self, and argues that we are ever-evolving processes. To view this talk CLICK HERE

    Sangu Delle "There's no shame in taking care of your mental health" As an African man, Sangu Delle had to confront his own deep prejudices that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. But this does not apply only to African men. To view this talk CLICK HERE

    Elisabeth Wiklander "Neurodiversity - the key that unlocked my world". Elisabeth Wiklander is autistic and communicates how it is to be autistic and lead an independent and successful life. She is a cellist in the London Philharmonic Orchestra. To view this talk CLICK HERE


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