Highgate Psychotherapy Practice

 

Meet Caroline Graham

Counsellor

Everyone experiences distress, wonders what life is about or feels a sense of unease they cannot quite put their finger on.  It is entirely human and appropriate to reach out for support.  I offer warm, non-judgmental counselling, committed to listening, understanding and helping you.  Together we can gain further understanding of what has been troubling you, work at shifting something you have been trying to change, or help you in what you are finding difficult to bear.

 

  • I am happy to explore meditation, mindfulness and self-compassion practices with you.  These simple, skilful practices have many benefits, such as allowing you to put down unhelpful repetitive thoughts, supporting the development of an inner ally and developing deeper present moment awareness.

 

 

  • My key areas of focus are trauma, addictions, and spiritual matters, all three of which are often combined.  See: 'What I can help with'

 

  • I have worked in educational settings with children with Autism, and their parents, since 2003.  I have a particular interest in working therapeutically with such parents, who face specific and complex challenges. See: 'What I can help with'

 

  • I work with a full range of issues including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, trauma, living with cancer / life changing illness, spiritual concerns, divorce, bereavement, addiction, sex, gender and sexuality, self harm, and distress resulting from social factors, for example, discrimination. See: 'What I can help with'

 

I am an Integrative Counsellor and my approach is relational.  This means I am able to draw from range of therapeutic skills and theoretical tools to enhance the work.  It also means that I value and view a good therapeutic relationship as central to the process of change. 

See: 'Counselling' & scroll down to 'My approach'

Through distress it is possible for greater wisdom and even joy to arise. I invite you to work in partnership with me in uncovering that which will allow greater compassionate connection, meaning and freedom in your relationship with yourself, others and life.

 

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Dip Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling from the Metanoia Institute, London.

Member of MBACP

 

Counselling

Mindfulness, Meditation & Self Compassion

“Life is available only in the present moment”  

Thich Nhat Hanh

Mediation and mindfulness involves a conscious attempt to focus attention on our present moment experiences in a non-analytical and non-ruminating way.  Rumination is often experienced as thoughts that go around and around in unhelpful ways.

Increasing scientific evidence shows those with regular mindfulness and meditation practices experience an expansion in well-being.  Such practices can be of benefit to all, from those experiencing depression and anxiety, to those who currently feel content.

Through these simple practices we can gain deeper understandings of how our mind works. It can facilitate natural and helpful changes in our relationships and behaviour with our self and others. 

Self-compassion practices encourages the development of an inner ally, instead of an inner enemy, it has three components: Self-kindness, common humanity & mindfulness (Neff, 2003). 

 

I am happy to explore such practices with those who are interested.

Counselling

People often seek counselling when experiencing distress, wanting to change something or just wishing to explore thoughts and feelings in more depth.  Together we can uncover root causes. We can identify your specific ways of thinking and relating.  We can discover different and more helpful ways of being in life.  My job, as counsellor, is not to tell you what to do.  However, I may make suggestions or offer new perspectives.  

 

Sessions are usually weekly, for 50 minutes.  My services include, short, medium, long-term and open-ended therapy. Together we can decide what best suits your needs.

I offer face to face, online zoom video, and telephone counselling.

Walk & Talk Counselling Ecotherapy

Being outdoors in and of itself provides rich conditions for mental well-being.  

 

Nature offers opportunities to connect to many things.  For example, awe and wonder, decay and growth, control and powerlessness.  It can be a chance to connect to something bigger than ourselves; or simply provide an invitation to slow down and breathe deeply.

 

I am lucky enough to be located close to some great outdoor spaces: Parkland Walk, Highgate Woods, Queens Wood & Waterlow Park.

 

I offer ‘walk and talk’ therapy in which we can conduct some sessions in outdoor spaces.  

 

If you are interested please let me know.

My Approach

I support clients in developing a gentle stance of curiosity which allows us to look more closely at your relationships and beliefs about yourself, others and your life.  This can help you discover what is in your control to change, expand your ability to make changes, and can give you greater freedom and connection to life.

I am an Integrative Counsellor and my approach is relational.  This means I am able to draw from range of therapeutic skills and theoretical tools to enhance the work.  It also means that I value and view a good therapeutic relationship as central to the process of change. 

We begin by discussing and agreeing what we want to achieve.  I value and encourage on-going conversation about how the work is progressing.

What I Can Help With

My particular interests are trauma, drug and alcohol concerns, spiritual matters. These three things are often, though not always, connected.  

Trauma: I work with the latest research based methods which do not invite re-traumatisation and allows safe processing of difficult experiences.

Addiction treatment:  Help is essential to recovery. It can take time to uncover what may have caused it, to learn to manage emotions and to develop an inner ally.  

Spirituality: A broad term with room to include many interpretations.  Often it connects to many universal human experiences, with or without religious faith.  Whatever your questions and concerns I am here to support your explorations. 

I have a particular interest in working with parents of children with ASD.  Parents, who often face complex challenges: have to fight to be heard and understood, experience cycles of grief, isolation, negative public comment, relationship / family breakdown, difficult to understand and aggressive behaviours from their children.

I recognise that there are social factors that contribute to human distress, including: social injustice, oppression, discrimination,  generational trauma.

I do work with a full range of issues including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, living with cancer / life changing illness, meaning making & spiritual concerns, bereavement, sex, gender and sexuality, self-harm.

 
 
 
 

Fees & Initial Consultation

Is Counselling For Me?

Did you know that therapists with the same training often offer a very different therapeutic experience? The best way to figure out whether a therapist is right for you is to meet them face-to-face for an initial session. 

If you feel able to commit to regular therapy sessions, and wish to explore your life as openly as possible, then therapy is likely to be helpful for you.

 

If you are wondering whether I could be of service to you, do make an appointment below for an initial consultation to see if we could be a good fit.

 

Please note that the therapy room is down a flight of stairs and is, unfortunately, not currently wheelchair accessible.

Initial Consultation

This lets you discuss what brings you to therapy, your hopes and intentions. 

You will be able to get a sense of how I work, raise any questions or concerns, speak about  what brings you to therapy at this time, and discuss how you would like us to work together.

I offer face to face, online video, and telephone counselling.

My services include long, medium, short term and
open-ended therapy. 
Together we can decide what best suits your needs.

Fees

I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation, at the end of which you can decide whether you wish to book an initial session. 

 

Fees begin at £60.

 

Initial session is £50.

 

I offer one free/low cost (£0-£25) place to those on benefits or low income. This place is currently filled. 

 
 

Book An Appointment

Contact Info

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Email
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Archway Road, Highgate, London, N6 5AX

7 minutes walk from Highgate tube station.

Buses: 134, 263 & 43

 
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