Psychotherapy in North London
Welcome to my website. My name is Simon Osborne, and I am an accredited psychotherapist working in Islington, N1 and in Golders Green, NW11.
I work with people who both want to look at a particular issue over a limited number of sessions and those who want to explore themselves more deeply over a longer period of time.
If you decided to see me for some sessions I would aim to support you in an exploration of your experience and life situation. My therapy work is informed by various approaches including mindfulness, psychodynamic theory of how our early life might have shaped us, the mind-body connection, trauma theory, and working with more subtle experience including dreams.
I would hope to encourage you to come into a different relationship with yourself, in which what is difficult can be owned and gently transformed within a richer perspective of your life.
I understand it’s important to find someone with whom you might feel comfortable working. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have and also offer an introductory initial session.
I see clients day-time Monday to Friday and evenings Monday to Thursday. Early morning appointments are also possible. I also can offer sessions by skype.
I am a professionally trained and accredited psychotherapist; please Click here for more details. I am also a mindfulness trainer and offer one-to-one mindfulness sessions.
I have done an initial training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and I am able to offer this approach within my practice. It is particularly effective in dealing with a single event trauma such as an accident.
As of March 24th 2020, I am not able to meet with clients in person, given the restrictions on social contact due to the coronavirus outbreak. I am able to offer online sessions using zoom or skype, or telephone sessions.
Why Consider Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is recognised as an effective source of help for a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress and low self-esteem. A person may feel they lack the resources to cope with day-to-day pressures and have difficulty in managing their moods such as sudden feelings of anger or upset. Others might seek help because of a lack of direction in their lives, perhaps associated with feelings of hopelessness or meaninglessness. Very often, current problems are associated in some way with events or experiences during childhood which might affect one's capacity to form trusting relationships.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy aims to help someone deal with difficult feelings and find a way to experience greater well-being in their lives. It offers a safe, confidential space in which someone can begin to explore their experience in a deeper way than is normally possible in ordinary life.
I understand psychotherapy as being a form of gentle enquiry where I would encourage the client to have a curiosity and openness towards their experience. The experience of trust and safety within the relationship can enable a client to allow defensive patterns of behaviour to soften, and to experience a more relaxed state of being.
A typical therapy session might start with a short mindfulness practice as a way of having some space to settle and centre oneself. During the session whether you are exploring a particular current issue in your life, recounting a dream, or talking about events that might have happened many years ago, I would try and encourage to stay in touch with your experience in all its dimensions, physical, emotional, mental, and also spiritual if this makes sense to you.
Over time a client can begin to experience a deeper inner connection with themselves, more capacity to bear difficult feelings and to manage emotions, greater insight into how life experiences have shaped them, and an enhanced sense of well-being.
My work as a psychotherapist is informed by my own personal journey and experiences and mindfulness practice.
I practice in Islington, a few minutes’ walk from the Angel tube on the Northern line. It is accessible from the City and Central London. It is close to bus routes that connect with Central London, the City of London, and areas of North and East London. It is also within walking distance from Highbury and Islington station on the Overground. For cyclists it is near the Regent's canal towpath. Click here for the location map.
I also practice in Golders Green, very close to the tube station. Click here for the location map. My availability in Golders Green is on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Exploring the Possibility of Having Therapy Sessions
If you want to explore working with me, I would be happy to meet with you for a half-hour introductory session, at no charge, in Islington.
If you do decide you want to see me for regular sessions, I would suggest aiming to do six weekly sessions before then reviewing the process.
I charge for a one hour session £50 in Islington. In Golders Green the session would be 55 minutes. If you are on a low income, I may be able to offer a concessionary rate.
If you would like to make contact to find out more, please text or phone me on 07704 677381 or send an email.