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Nancy Borrett BACP Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist in Finchley and Chalk Farm, North London

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Counsellor/Psychotherapist in North London : Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

Welcome to my website.
I am an experienced, accredited counsellor/psychotherapist working from two different North London locations - Finchley N12 and Chalk Farm NW3. My consulting room in Finchley N12 is within easy reach of Whetstone, Barnet and East Finchley. The nearest tube stations are West Finchley (around 12 minutes walk) or Finchley Central (15 minutes walk)- both on the Northern Line- and there are many buses close by. My base at Chalk Farm is a 3 minute walk from the tube station and also close to Camden Town, Belsize Park, Hampstead, Gospel Oak, Primrose Hill and Swiss Cottage.

Finding a counsellor or psychotherapist can feel daunting at a time when you are likely to be feeling vulnerable. So many websites and so much professional jargon! This can be particularly true if you are new to counselling and psychotherapy. I hope that this site will offer some useful basic information, and help you decide whether or not you think meeting with me for an initial meeting could be a helpful first step.

Please phone or email me if you have any additional questions. All telephone conversations and emails are completely confidential and I usually reply within 24 hours.

How I work:
There are many different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. If you would like to read the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy's brief overview of theoretical approaches, please click here.

My main therapy approach is psychodynamic integrative.
Psychodynamic therapy addresses the conflict between conscious and unconscious feelings, ie those which are known to us and those which are hidden but may nonetheless have a huge impact on our lives. It can be helpful to explore possible connections between early relationships, current relationships and the way you feel about being in sessions (once an alliance has had time to develop).
An integrative approach acknowledges the need for flexibility, ie that there is no single way of working that can encompass the diversity of human experience.
I favour a transparent and collaborative approach, listening to your story and aiming to discuss and agree with you what you hope to gain from sessions. I use ideas and insights from different therapy approaches and work with these flexibly, according to each individual’s needs. For example, problems of acute anxiety or post traumatic stress often respond well to ideas from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) initially, as part of the process of stabilisation (feeling safer and managing overwhelming feelings) before further in-depth therapeutic work can take place. I often integrate stabilisation work into a broader approach when appropriate.
Your personality, cultural background, life experience and reasons for attending sessions will be taken into account.

Much recent research suggests that the quality of the relationship between therapist and client is the most important healing factor, over and above any particular theoretical approach or technique.

Whatever your reasons for seeking help, developing a sound and trusting therapeutic relationship is central to my way of working.

Counselling in Finchley and Chalk Farm, North London, within easy reach of Barnet, Whetstone, East Finchley, Belsize Park, Hampstead, Camden Town, Swiss Cottage and surrounding areas

email: 07986 559625