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 the more subtle realms of experience including dreams.
I would hope to encourage you through the process of therapy 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.
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 the impact of 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 sense of curiosity and openness towards their experience. At the same time 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.
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, an enhanced sense of well-being.
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.
Exploring the Possibility of Having Therapy Sessions
If you are considering seeing a psychotherapist or counsellor and you wanted to explore working with me, I would be happy to meet with you for a half-hour introductory meeting, at no charge, in Islington. After this you could then decide whether you wanted to see me for some sessions.
In Golders Green, I am not able to offer the half hour meeting but could do an initial exploratory session instead.
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. 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.