James Angel

James Angel

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - London

London N5
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  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Whether we are having difficulties coping with ups and downs or struggling with longer-term suffering, we can end up feeling like things need to change.

Therapy can help you feel less alone with your distress and can assist you in getting to the root of what is going on. By exploring your thoughts, feelings and experiences in the context of a warm, safe and confidential relationship, you can expand your awareness and understanding of yourself and others.

Part of this means looking at how experiences and relationships from earlier in your life are affecting things now. And part of this means learning to be with your present-day experience in a different way – becoming more mindful and curious about your emotions, your mind and your body.

Having been in therapy myself, I know first-hand that the process and effects can be profound. Ultimately, therapy is about really getting to know yourself and, through this, gaining more freedom, fulfilment and self-acceptance.

I have completed a four-year training in attachment-based psychoanlalytic psychotherapy at The Bowlby Centre. My work is particularly informed by the following:


In attachment-based psychotherapy, we explore the relationships that shape our life -- both in the past and the present. This helps us create more satisfying connections with others and feel more secure in ourselves.


Psychoanalysis seeks to bring our hidden thoughts, feelings and desires out into the open. In doing so, we can get to know ourselves better and gain new freedoms and choices.


Trauma happens when our mind, body and self are overwhelmed – often resulting from abuse, neglect, violence or loss. I use trauma-informed approaches to reduce overwhelm and disentangle past and present.

Power and oppression

I prioritise the impact of power and oppression within my clients' lives and within the therapy relationship. I strive to be an ally to those whose power, identity and humanity have been undermined. 

Practice description

My practice is based in Islington, North London. I am a few minutes' walk from Highbury & Islington station. 

Online sessions are available. 

I see clients once or twice weekly – or on a more frequent basis, if required.

I usually work on a long-term open-ended basis, meaning that therapy lasts for at least six months and goes on for as long as you wish to continue.

Sessions last for 50 minutes. 

Please contact me to discuss my availability and fees. 

My first session

I offer an initial short telephone consultation, free of charge. 

I then offer two initial 50 minute sessions. These are a chance to get to know each other a little, for you to see how you feel about working with me and for me to be sure that I am the right therapist for you. 

These initial sessions will discuss your reasons for pursuing therapy and your goals for our work together. We might also discuss your history, any important relationships and any relevant life events or concerns. 

Please contact me to discuss my fee for these initial sessions. 

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, LGBTQ+ counselling, Loss, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Neurodiversity, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Integrative, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy

Languages spoken