Paul Garden

Paul Garden

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - London

London W1G
Sessions from £100.00


  • Flexible hours available

About me and my therapy practice

Painful life events, challenging relationships, and personal issues often lead to putting difficult thoughts and feelings to the back of the mind. This results in only temporary relief from emotional pain as the difficulties remain unresolved and therefore keep reappearing and growing. Talking this through with a psychologist can help you to understand the origins of your problems, and the way in which they are reinforced and maintained. The process of therapy is aimed at developing understanding of your distress through examining the present situation and exploring how various factors- including past experiences- might be influencing the way you feel. These insights can then be used by you to develop a sense of empowerment and control over the difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions that underpin your distress.

I am a HCPC registered psychologist, chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).

Equipped with prestigious degrees from various London universities, I have spent several years working in the NHS in a number of services, providing psychological treatment for mental health issues ranging from relatively moderate emotional challenges to more complex psychological interventions (primary, secondary and tertiary services).

Alongside my private practice, I am the Service Director at Headstrong Counselling (, a Community Interest Company that offers low-cost therapy provided by over 400 trainee therapists. As well as directing the day to day running and development of the organisation, I provide clinical consultation and supervision to its large team of supervisors.

Practice description

While personality, anxiety, depression, and emotional trauma are areas of expertise, I am interested and experienced in working with people who want to engage in therapy to think about themselves more deeply, and to understand and relate to themselves better. As a psychologist, I am trained and experienced with a range of psychological models, though I mainly use psychoanalytic, existential-humanistic and compassion-focused models for therapy.

Over the past decade, I have worked in the NHS and a range of mental health charities, as well as my private practice, which I operate from the Harley Street district of central London, and from Shoreditch in the City. Currently my practice is largely online.

Quite often I work with people who are at a stage where they want to make sense of, and find meaning in their lives. This in itself can form the basis of valuable therapeutic aims.

Although I avoid too much emphasis on the use of labels, some examples of diagnoses I often work with include:







Relational conflicts



My first session

I offer an initial consultation session (£60) for you to describe in detail the issues that have brought you to therapy, and to ask me any questions you might have, and for me to suggest what your treatment might involve. 

Have a look at my website to find out more about the way I work, and please feel free to contact me if you think I can be of help to you.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Cognitive, Cognitive analytic therapy, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Systemic

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