Confidential counselling for when life feels difficult.

Qualified, BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist in Old Street.

I believe we all have times when life feels challenging. Feeling heard and supported can make a real difference.

Contact

Email:  emma@emmamurraytherapy.com

Phone: 07445 723516

Location: Old Street

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Everyone has times in their lives when things feel difficult. At these times we can feel drained, stressed, afraid, out-of-control, depressed, numb…

Perhaps you’ve encountered difficult circumstances in your life. Perhaps you’re feeling anxious, depressed or stuck and you’re not quite sure why. Maybe you’ve been coping so far but things now feel overwhelming. Or maybe it’s been this way for a while and you really, really want it to change.

People come to counselling with a wide variety of concerns and at different times in their lives. You don’t have to be in a crisis to benefit from therapy, though it’s ok if you are. Therapy aims to offer a space to express and think about what’s going on in your life, to explore your feelings and responses, and to think about who you are, how things are, and how you might like them to be different.

Some reasons people come to counselling (though there are many more)

  • Feeling anxious – experiencing panic, fear, floating anxiety or intrusive, distressing thoughts.
  • Depression and feelings of hopelessness – struggling with low moods, self-damaging thoughts or behaviours.
  • Difficulties in relationships.
  • Feelings of loneliness and alienation.
  • Feeling lost or stuck, wanting to explore meaning and purpose, or to understand yourself better.
  • Struggling with loss.
  • Troubled by damaging, compulsive or unwanted behaviours, addictions or intense, heightened feelings and emotions.
  • Struggling with life changes – moving home, leaving a relationship, a job, moving into a different phase of life.
  • Feeling bad about yourself, unconfident, struggling with difficult feelings like shame, guilt or anger.
  • Feeling anxious – experiencing panic, fear, floating anxiety or intrusive, distressing thoughts.
  • Depression and feelings of hopelessness – struggling with low moods, self-damaging thoughts or behaviours.
  • Difficulties in relationships.
  • Feelings of loneliness and alienation.
  • Feeling lost or stuck, wanting to explore meaning and purpose, or to understand yourself better.
  • Struggling with loss.
  • Troubled by damaging, compulsive or unwanted behaviours, addictions or intense, heightened feelings and emotions.
  • Struggling with life changes – moving home, leaving a relationship, a job, moving into a different phase of life.
  • Feeling bad about yourself, unconfident, struggling with difficult feelings like shame, guilt or anger.

My Approach

There are many approaches to counselling and finding the right counsellor can feel challenging.

I aim to offer a safe, confidential space and a warm, trustworthy, respectful relationship in which you can explore your concerns and find ways towards feeling better.

In counselling terms, I’m an integrative therapist. This means I work in a flexible way, drawing on a number of therapeutic approaches, so that we can – together – find a way of exploring what you bring that feels right to you.

I take a conversational approach to our work. I work with you, listening to you and helping you identify and refine your sense of your situation so as to be able to begin to change it.

I can work in both a short-term, time-limited way, or in a longer-term, open-ended way, depending on what you feel you need, and I encourage a relationship in which you can bring any concerns about our process, and explore those elements of our work that feel more and less helpful.

Integrative therapists are trained in various approaches allowing them the flexibility to adapt to their client’s needs and preferences. For example, some clients may prefer a more practical approach, perhaps developing coping skills or considering solutions. Others may want to explore past experiences in more depth, or find creative techniques using drawing or objects helpful.

Core to my approach with all clients is being ‘client-led’. This means I follow your lead in terms of what we talk about. I will not advise or tell you what to do. I may gently challenge you on occasion, or invite you to consider certain possibilities or ideas. Above all, I will always try to listen to you. Throughout our work, I will seek to help you talk over your thoughts and feelings, build on your strengths and explore your options to support you in clarifying your own thoughts, goals and decisions.

I offer face-to-face or telephone counselling, and can work in a time-limited way or open-ended way. Time-limited counselling often runs from about 6-12 sessions but please do contact me to discuss what you feel you need.

Qualifications and Experience

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am bound by their ethical framework. My register number is 374600.

I hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London (a BACP accredited course).

In addition to my private practise, I volunteer as a therapist for a low cost counselling clinic in South London and as a counsellor in a state secondary school. I am privileged to work with clients of diverse backgrounds, genders and ages.

I have worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, difficulties with self-esteem, stress, difficulties with relationships, employment, loss and addictions, among other issues.

Prior to my counselling training I worked extensively with young people. This gave me a sense of the effects of stress, transitions, role changes, heightened emotions, and the importance of family and support.

From my BA in Literature, I have an enduring interest in narrative and writing. I believe stories give us a way into thinking about human relationships, emotional states, and the questions life throws up around purpose and the search for meaning. I recognise the importance of these larger life questions to an individual’s sense of self and wellbeing.

I believe we all have our unique ways of understanding and finding meaning in the world, and of coping with the difficulties we face. Exploring the ways we have been living, developing those that serve us, and discovering new ways, can lead to renewal, hope and change.

Rates and Availability

I charge £45 for the initial session. Thereafter, I charge £60 per session.

Sessions are 60 minutes long and will usually take place on a weekly basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact

Contact me if you would like to arrange a first counselling session, or have any questions.

Email: emma@emmamurraytherapy.com

Phone: 07445 723516

Location: I work out of Ongea Counselling and Psychotherapy Practices, 5 minutes from Old Street station. My room is within easy reach from Islington, Shoreditch, Moorgate and the City.

Ongea Counselling and Psychotherapy Practices
Willen House
8-26 Bath Street
London
EC1V 9DX

Emma Murray