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 see people in the following locations:

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

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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. Problems like depression, anxiety and unresolved issues from the past can be very challenging to overcome without help from a therapist. Counselling is a relational collaborative endeavour, in which you and therapist work together to gain a deeper understanding of you and to make real and lasting changes in your life.

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
  • Feeling inadequate inspite of impressive achievements, sometimes called "Imposter syndrome"
  • 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.
  • Couple counselling

    Couples, whether straight, gay or lesbian, often get into difficulties at some point in their relationship. In the 21st Century we have enormously high expectations of our intimate relationships: our lover, our confidante, our best friend, our domestic partner, so little wonder that the relationship staggers under the weight of expectations. In couple therapy we will explore what taken-for-granted expectations are at work in the relationship. Each member of the couple will be given space and time to express their doubts, problems and misgivings to which the other partner will listen and reflect back what they have heard and understood. Together we will shift the conversation away from blame towards a greater recognition of the distinctiveness of the other person and what kind of relationship is possible or desirable.
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    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

    "I'm really beginning to understand the patterns in my life which I keep on repeating again and again. I've been through frustration seeing myself, yet again, responding in the same way. But, now my perspective has shifted enough for me to respond in a much more authentic and productive way and I feel liberated. Thank you Jan for your patience." Rachel Harrison

    "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

    Esther Perel "The Secret to Desire in a Long-term Relationship and Rethinking Infidelity In these talks Esther Perel talks of our conflict in needing security and comfort in a relationship while also desiring excitement and eroticism and in the second talk looks at infidelity. To view these 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

    Emily Esfahani Smith "There's more to life than being happy" . Happiness comes and goes says Emily but having meaning in your life and serving something beyond yourself gives you something to hold on to. To view this talk CLICK HERE

    Matthew Walker "Why We Sleep". This is not a Tedtalk but a book published just this year. It is a fascinating insight into the complexity of the science of sleep and dreams and why we need to sleep 8 hours a night both for our mental and physical health. A must-read for those who burn the candle at both ends.

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