Lucy Johnson MA, Adv Dip in Psychotherapy and Counselling, UKCP, based in Fulham and Harley Street
Welcome to my psychotherapy and counselling private practice.
As an experienced and fully-qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, I provide a relaxed and comfortable space where you can talk in confidence about issues that may be troubling you. My experience includes working with people with depression, anxiety, work-related stress, relationship issues, bereavement, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. My areas of specialisation include fertility issues and circumstantial childlessness, as well as trauma work.
I see clients from my two practices in Parsons Green in Fulham, West London, SW6, and Harley Street, in Central London, W1. Both are conveniently located for tubes and buses.
What is psychotherapy/counselling?
Psychotherapy and counselling are traditionally known as the “talking cure”. They provide the opportunity to talk with a trained psychotherapist in a non-judgemental, relaxed and confidential environment and discuss problems that can feel overwhelming and impossible to resolve alone. Psychotherapy is not about being given instant answers to these problems; it is a collaborative endeavour to find a way through the darkness, and learn to turn inwards to find your own inner strength and solutions to your own life issues.
What does it entail?
Psychotherapy and counselling are a regular commitment. I see clients once or twice weekly for a 50 minute session, during which we work together to explore and understand what is causing you pain, and search for ways to live a more peaceful, balanced life. We can work for as little as 6 weeks, or as long as a number of years, depending on your reasons for seeking therapy.
How do I know if it is right for me?
People from all walks of life come to see me, for all sorts of reasons. You may be facing a one-off challenge, such as bereavement or job loss; you may be struggling with a specific issue, such as an eating disorder; you may have noticed that you have a pattern of destructive relationships or you may want simply to learn more about yourself. If you feel that you have not found the answers to your life's issues alone, then talking to a trained psychotherapist can help you to overcome personal fears, challenge negative thought-processes and reconnect you with your inner strength and resources.
How do I start the process?
Whatever is bringing you to psychotherapy, the initial step can feel daunting. You may be feeling confused, isolated and anxious, and the idea of reaching out for help can seem overwhelming. You may also have questions as to what it all entails. For that reason, I am available for a confidential talk on the phone, prior to potentially arranging an assessment session. In the initial face-to-face session we will discuss whether psychotherapy or counselling would be most appropriate, what you would like to get out of therapy, and how long this might take. Ultimately this is also an opportunity for you to see if you feel comfortable working with me.
Counselling or psychotherapy?
I offer both short and long term work, depending on whether after an initial consultation we decide your particular situation would be more suited to counselling or psychotherapy. You may be wondering: what is the difference? Counselling tends to be time-limited and deals with a specific goal, while psychotherapy tends to be longer-term and explores issues in greater depth. In counselling, we would meet for weekly sessions over a specific time frame of between 6 weeks and 6 months, and would tend to focus on a single issue. In psychotherapy, we would tend to work in an open-ended way, and would see each other once a week over a longer period. In these sessions, we would not just focus on a single issue, but would explore how your patterns of behaviour are influenced by the past – and help you see how your unconscious mind is influencing the way you live your life, as well as thinking about your relationship to yourself, and those around you.
How do you work?
I work within an integrative framework as a psychotherapist, which means that I draw together a number of different therapeutic approaches and I can tailor my approach to your individual needs. My aim as a pyschotherapist is to create a safe space that you can work from to investigate and understand thoughts and feelings which may seem overwhelming and frightening.
From my years of experience of seeing clients, I believe that it takes courage to sit with another human being and explore your most private feelings and thoughts. By talking through the challenges you are facing, the work we do together can help you gain a new understanding of yourself. And by connecting you to a more conscious sense of yourself, it can help you to make more informed choices and live a more satisfying and balanced life.
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets.