Margaret Watson

Margaret Watson

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - London

London SW4
Sessions from £60.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Within these strange and uncertain times living in the experience of Covid19, self reflection suddenly has space to exist. It may be such an unfamiliar dynamic, having time to think about meaning and where you are and where you might want to be both professionally and personally with all the emotional implications involved. You might need someone to sit with you and hear these ideas and explore with you the uncertainty of these times and the impact of old behavior patterns which may still be playing out in this new environment.

At present I offer online or telephone sessions

For me psychotherapy is an empowerment process where the therapist is not an expert on you but someone to work with you to seek deeper understanding of your way of being. I offer a confidential and non-judgmental space to explore this. I actively listen to the issues you bring and explore with you their effect and your responses. Sometimes as survivors of life we can develop coping strategies which may become redundant and hinder coping at later times. I am of the opinion that the success of therapy is wholly dependent on the quality of the therapeutic relationship so I offer a reduced fee for the first session so that we can see whether we both feel that we can work together.

I am also acutely aware of how many of us have been affected by trauma of some kind which may have unconsciously influenced the way we respond to others in day to day situations.

Viewing these features from a different perspective and disclosing them to someone who is not a friend or family can help to unravel the complexities of your experiences.

Practice description

For me the quality of the therapeutic relationship is absolutely key to the whole process. Trust can only be established in an environment where you will not feel judged and where you feel you have autonomy in the room and where your voice is heard and respected in confidence. This process is meant to enable you to hear yourself and to reflect and explore your ideas in a safe environment.

It can help to have someone to bear witness and be with you as you examine your past, your behavior patterns, your emotional challenges and present issues that may be impacted by them.

I am committed to being myself in the process and instead of being the expert in the room, I bring skills and experience that I can share. Understanding what is happening to you can be the first step to healing. Our aim in working together will be for you to gain some understanding of the conscious and unconscious processes that may have contributed to your behavior patterns in family and other relationships. Therapy can provide a safe platform to explore how these processes evolved and to put together a toolbox for yourself of coping strategies to carry with you and expand on.

Therapy may not be good for everyone. In my experience its benefits are best revealed to those who have made the decision to make changes in their life and are willing to engage in collaboration with the therapist to work through them. It is not always an easy process, but I believe that we all have inner resources which are sometimes difficult to engage with on our own.

My first session

It is paramount that you feel at ease enough to commit to an initial session, so I like to have a short introductory (no fee) phone call to reduce any anxiety about the initial contact. I offer a reduced fee for the first session so that we can see whether we both feel that we can work together.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Life coaching, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Creative therapy, Gestalt, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited