Orla Blakelock

Orla Blakelock

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - London

London SE26
Sessions from £70.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


I am available for sessions Monday-Thursday 9am to 6pm

I am South London Based, my practice is a stone's throw from Sydenham station. I am currently offering face to face sessions, this is under ongoing review subject to COVID19 restrictions. Online sessions over Zoom are also available.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello, my name is Orla, welcome to my page. I have been working in the field of mental health for 10 years and have a private psychotherapy practice in South London.

As a counsellor, I am all too aware of how daunting it can be to take that first step towards counselling. If you are reading this page, well done for getting this far.

Sometimes in life we can start to feel stressed or overwhelmed and we need some help, someone to listen. It isn’t always possible to work out what we need or how to feel more whole on our own.

Counselling is a process of discovering yourself. It can be exciting, but also scary. I practice with curiosity, creativity, spirituality and empathy to help you unfold your story and have a space that honours you and your process. In terms of creative tools, I use dramatic role play, music, drawing and anything that helps you with your expression. These are of course just tools, if you would just like to engage in traditional talking therapy this is fine also. I am down to earth in my approach and aim to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.  

Practice description

I am an integrative therapist, which means my style of therapy can be adapted to your unique needs, pulling on psychodynamic, person-centred and creative approaches.

I believe the therapeutic relationship is key and work very much human to human when working with clients to break down hierarchy and encourage empowerment in the therapeutic process. I can offer you a safe and understanding space in which you can explore whatever it is that is on your mind. No problem is too small or too big, because you matter.

I work with a wide variety of issues including: abuse, sexual trauma, racial trauma, bipolar disorder, depression, LQBTQ+ (including gender dysphoria and transitioning), redundancy, relationship issues, codependency, anxiety, hearing voices, low self-esteem, stress, inner child work, bereavement, addiction recovery (including sex and love addiction), self harm and other forms of emotional distress. 

Working with issues concerning intersectionality and identity journeying are areas of particular passion for me. For those it is meaningful to, I identify as a non-binary queer person with mental health lived experience; my lived experience informs my practice and I provide an inclusive space in which all aspects of identity can be honoured and repaired where there has been shame planted. Whether you have had wounding in your identity as a result of your gender, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, class, neurodiversity, culture, education or sexuality - together we can cultivate an environment in which you can move through the fire of that shame and walk out into empowerment and pride.

Please visit my Instagram business account and website for more information about my practice:

Instagram: @youmatter.therapy
Website: https://www.youmattertherapy.org/

Alongside one to one therapy, I also run therapeutic support groups. Please inquire if you feel this would be of help to you.

My first session

The initial session will be an opportunity for you to discuss with me what your concerns are and what you would like to explore in counselling. If it feels like a good fit, we can arrange for further sessions.

I encourage those with wealth privilege to pay it forward so there is equity in the service. My pay scale is £70-£100 per hour. A small number of concessionary sessions are available below this pay scale on request for people on low incomes, please let me know what you can afford.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Creative therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

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

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