Our Process

Our Process

Throughout everyone’s life there are good times and not so good times.

We are here to provide you with a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment in which you can explore current difficulties in light of past experiences and future possibilities. This, we believe, is the essence of psychotherapy and counselling.

Our therapists and counsellors recognise that you are totally unique. The therapeutic experience is therefore a collaborative time of mutual exploration, in which your therapist or counsellor will neither provide answers, nor offer advice, but will be a partner to guide you through these difficult or problematic times. Having built trust and understanding with you, your therapist or counsellor can then offer reflections and interpretations of issues that arise.

During this process, your self-understanding will increase and together with your psychotherapist or counsellor you can explore solutions. By this means, healing can take place, recognition of your potentialities and self-confidence will increase, relational interactions will improve, and most important of all you will feel so much better.

For many people considering psychotherapy and counselling, there is little or no framework from which to make the choice of a therapist or type of therapy. Finding a suitable therapist may therefore be a difficult task and we believe that someone seeking psychotherapeutic help needs guidance in this important decision.

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Centre (CPC) which incorporates the North West London Psychotherapy Centre (NWLPC) was established in 1984. It is made up of a group of experienced and highly qualified psychotherapists and counsellors. Unlike many organisations, our therapists work in various locations, are from different schools of psychotherapy, and offer a variety of approaches. This is because, as a unique individual, one therapeutic approach may be more suitable than others for you.

Diversity is important to us. All our therapists are sensitive to issues of race, disability, gender and sexual orientation, and are drawn from all sectors of the community.

We suggest, therefore, that you attend an initial assessment session with a senior practitioner. During your initial consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss the issues you are facing and the frequency and form of therapy that will best address your individual needs. You can ask any questions you have about the process and practicalities of being in therapy and decide whether individual, couple or group therapy is most compatible for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many sessions will I need? There is no one answer. Some people may need brief therapy and some may need longer-term help.

How much do the sessions cost? Again this varies according to which of our therapists you choose. However, several of our therapists reserve part of their practice for people who cannot afford a full fee.

What happens in the initial consultation session? An assessment of your particular needs by first looking at your initial issues and why you feel the need for psychotherapy or counselling. This will be followed by a short review of your personal history and other factors that are unique to you. You will then be able to ask any questions that arise during the session, and together with your therapist or counsellor, discuss an initial programme.

What type of therapy is right for me? This will be discussed during your initial consultation session.

How do I organise my first session? Our practitioners endeavour to be as flexible as possible in terms of timing and do their best to arrange an initial session within 3 working days of the first enquiry.

I work during the day. Can you provide early morning or evening sessions? Yes, many of our therapists and counsellors will see you in the early morning or evening.

I am not available to see you in person. Can we still work together? Yes. Several of our psychotherapists and counsellors undertake Skype, Facetime and telephone sessions.

Where will I have to go for my therapy? The right therapist is worth travelling for. Although many of our therapists are based in North, North West and Central London, we also cover the Greater London area, the Midlands, Sussex and Yorkshire.

Am I just having a bad day, or should I speak with a professional? We all feel stressed or sad at times, especially when facing immediate difficulties but should these feelings persist, they could be the sign of deeper, underlying issues. All our therapists have extensive training and experience and it’s often helpful to talk to someone who is totally impartial.

What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy? They certainly resemble one another, but a psychotherapist will have undertaken longer and more intensive training than a counsellor, and for this reason, will be better equipped to help you deal with underlying issues.

Throughout everyone’s life there are good times and not so good times.

We are here to provide you with a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment in which you can explore current difficulties in light of past experiences and future possibilities. This, we believe, is the essence of psychotherapy and counselling.

Our therapists and counsellors recognise that you are totally unique. The therapeutic experience is therefore a collaborative time of mutual exploration, in which your therapist or counsellor will neither provide answers, nor offer advice, but will be a partner to guide you through these difficult or problematic times. Having built trust and understanding with you, your therapist or counsellor can then offer reflections and interpretations of issues that arise.

During this process, your self-understanding will increase and together with your psychotherapist or counsellor you can explore solutions. By this means, healing can take place, recognition of your potentialities and self-confidence will increase, relational interactions improve, and, most important of all, you feel so much better

For many people considering psychotherapy and counselling, there is little or no framework from which to make the choice of a therapist or type of therapy. Finding a suitable therapist may therefore be a difficult task and we believe that someone seeking psychotherapeutic help needs guidance in this important decision.

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Centre (CPC) which incorporates the North West London Psychotherapy Centre (NWLPC) (can this be in bold too) was established in 1984. It is made up of a group of experienced and highly qualified psychotherapists and counsellors. Unlike many organisations, our therapists work in various locations, are from different schools of psychotherapy, and offer a variety of approaches. This is because, as a unique individual, one therapeutic approach may be more suitable than others for you.

Diversity is important to us. All our therapists are sensitive to issues of race, disability, gender and sexual orientation, and are drawn from all sectors of the community.

We suggest, therefore, that you attend an initial assessment session with a senior practitioner. During your initial consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss the issues you are facing and the frequency and form of therapy that will best address your individual needs. You can ask any questions you have about the process and practicalities of being in therapy and decide whether individual, couple or group therapy is most compatible for you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How many sessions will I need? There is no one answer. Some people may need brief therapy and some may need longer-term help.

How much do the sessions cost? Again this varies according to which of our therapists you choose. However, some of our therapists reserve part of their practice for people who cannot afford a full fee.

What happens in the initial consultation session? An assessment of your particular needs by first looking at your initial issues and why you feel the need for psychotherapy or counselling. This will be followed by a short review of your personal history and other factors that are unique to you. You will then be able to ask any questions that arise during the session, and together with your therapist or counsellor, discuss an initial programme.

What type of therapy is right for me? This will be discussed during your initial consultation session.

How do I organise my first session? Our practitioners endeavour to be as flexible as possible in terms of timing and do their best to arrange an initial session within 3 working days of the first enquiry.

I work during the day. Can you provide early morning or evening sessions? Yes, many of our therapists and counsellors will see you in the early morning or evening.

I am not available to see you in person. Can we still work together? Yes. Several of our psychotherapists and counsellors undertake Skype, Facetime and telephone sessions.

Where will I have to go for my therapy? The right therapist is worth travelling for. Although many of our therapists are based in North, North West and Central London, we also cover the Greater London area, the Midlands, Sussex and Yorkshire.

Am I just having a bad day, or should I speak with a professional? We all feel stressed or sad at times, especially in light of immediately difficulties that face us. But should these feelings persist, they could be the sign of deeper, underlying issues. All our therapists have extensive training and experience and it’s often helpful to talk to someone who is totally impartial.

What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy? They certainly resemble one another, but a psychotherapist will have undertaken longer and more intensive training than a counsellor, and for this reason, will be better equipped to help you deal with underlying issues.

Contact our Hampstead office on 020 7431 5192 for an assessment session with one of our senior therapists.