fergus cairns

Psychotherapy and counselling

in north London, north-west London, the West End and Soho


What is psychotherapy?

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What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy provides a supportive and confidential relationship, a safe space in which you can explore many aspects of your life.

As you talk and share your feelings with a psychotherapist, new perspectives and understanding will emerge.

Overall, the aim of psychotherapy is to increase your awareness of the choices, personal power, skills and gifts that you may never have dared to develop.

Integrative Psychotherapy

Integrative Psychotherapy combines elements of Analytical Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, Body Psychotherapy into one cohesive and highly effective mode of working. It is a Relational approach, centred on the unique space Client and Therapist establish together.

This acts as a kind of 'test tube relationship' in which issues that feel shameful, frightening or painful can be explored safely, old hurts healed, and new ways of relating tried out. Old fear acquired in childhood may be unlearned, and new ways of relating to others may be attempted in this safe and experimental environment.  

Counselling, psychotherapy – what’s the difference?

Essentially they are the same activity and the difference is of degree, rather than kind.

Counselling is more often conducted for a limited number of sessions and while looking at the client’s background, its primary function is to identify and help the client solve immediate problems.

Psychotherapy is a longer-term and usually open-ended commitment, meaning that the client decides when it is time to finish. It will look in greater depth at the client’s history and patterns, and the relationship between client and therapist becomes a much more intrinsic part of what enables the therapy to work.


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