Carolyn McBain

Carolyn McBain


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07535819221

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Therapist - London

London N1
07535819221
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I provide therapeutic support for people who might be experiencing difficulties or seeking change in their life.

I have experience working within IAPT (NHS Primary Care) where I worked with a range of patients who self-referred to our service. I also provide therapy within a community counselling service, with clients from many different backgrounds, nationalities, ages, gender identities and sexualities.

I work using the existential-phenomenological approach, which really simply means exploring the ways you might have chosen to be. You will be encouraged to focus on contextual issues and put into words the feelings you have about your life, so that we can discover the options you have before you, even when choices may seem to be few or non-existent. 

The existential-phenomenological approach is about facing up to our situations and understanding that sometimes we choose to be deeply unhappy rather than face personal change. It is about developing the perspective and skills to try and live one’s life with greater self-awareness.

Practice description

There is compelling research which appears to show that the best outcomes in therapy depend upon the degree to which the therapist and client form a therapeutic relationship. 

I will work with you to truly engage with what matters most to you, and to understand the way in which you experience the world and the meanings it has for you. I am trained to recognise people’s assumptions, and in some ways, can help you to feel or state things honestly, which can be challenging.

Although you may feel very stuck about what to do with your life, I will not offer interpretations or advice about what you should do. You will be expected to share the difficulties you are experiencing, your hopes, desires and fears, and by simple questions, we will work to look at the situation from different perspectives, including consideration of choices and the consequences of those choices. Sometimes there is significant healing in simply sharing pain and difficulties.

I have completed training up to BACP Registration level and am pursuing further training towards UKCP accreditation.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA).

My first session

Before we begin therapy, I offer a free telephone conversation (30 minutes) to talk about what brings you to therapy and what you might hope to get from it.

Then, if you're interested in starting, we find a time & day each week that works for you.

Our first session and all subsequent sessions will be 50 minutes long, at the same time weekly. 

Getting in touch does not commit you to anything. But if you are curious, you are welcome to send an email, ask any questions, and see what comes from it naturally. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Existential, Humanistic, Integrative

Clients I work with

Adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling

Therapist - London

London E17
07535819221
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I provide therapeutic support for people who might be experiencing difficulties or seeking change in their life.

I have experience working within IAPT (NHS Primary Care) where I worked with a range of patients who self-referred to our service. I also provide therapy within a community counselling service, with clients from many different backgrounds, nationalities, ages, gender identities and sexualities.

I work using the existential-phenomenological approach, which really simply means exploring the ways you might have chosen to be. You will be encouraged to focus on contextual issues and put into words the feelings you have about your life, so that we can discover the options you have before you, even when choices may seem to be few or non-existent.

The existential-phenomenological approach is about facing up to our situations and understanding that sometimes we choose to be deeply unhappy rather than face personal change. It is about developing the perspective and skills to try and live one’s life with greater self-awareness.

Practice description

There is compelling research which appears to show that the best outcomes in therapy depend upon the degree to which the therapist and client form a therapeutic relationship.

I will work with you to truly engage with what matters most to you, and to understand the way in which you experience the world and the meanings it has for you. I am trained to recognise people’s assumptions, and in some ways, can help you to feel or state things honestly, which can be challenging.

Although you may feel very stuck about what to do with your life, I will not offer interpretations or advice about what you should do. You will be expected to share the difficulties you are experiencing, your hopes, desires and fears, and by simple questions, we will work to look at the situation from different perspectives, including consideration of choices and the consequences of those choices. Sometimes there is significant healing in simply sharing pain and difficulties.

I have completed training up to BACP Registration level and am pursuing further training towards UKCP accreditation.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA).

My first session

Before we begin therapy, I offer a free telephone conversation (30 minutes) to talk about what brings you to therapy and what you might hope to get from it.

Then, if you're interested in starting, we find a time & day each week that works for you.

Our first session and all subsequent sessions will be 50 minutes long, at the same time weekly.

Getting in touch does not commit you to anything. But if you are curious, you are welcome to send an email, ask any questions, and see what comes from it naturally.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Existential, Humanistic, Integrative

Clients I work with

Adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling