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Counselling

Private mental health counselling in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea

Our experienced counsellors and therapists offer confidential and personalised support to help individuals navigate their mental health journey.

With a focus on compassionate care and evidence-based practices, our counselling sessions provide a safe space for individuals to explore their emotions, gain insight, and work towards emotional well-being.

Whether you're seeking support for anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns, we're here to help you on your path to healing.

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What is counselling and how does it work?


Counselling is a form of psychotherapy that involves a trained professional providing guidance, support, and insight to individuals experiencing emotional, psychological, or behavioural challenges. While the roots of counselling can be traced back to ancient civilisations where individuals sought advice from wise elders, it wasn't until the 20th century that counselling as a formalised therapeutic approach emerged. Influential figures such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Rogers contributed to the development of counselling as a recognised and effective medical approach, emphasising the importance of empathy, active listening, and collaboration between therapist and client.


In counselling, individuals work collaboratively with their therapist to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in a safe and non-judgmental space. Through discussion, reflection, and exploration of coping strategies, individuals gain insight into their challenges and develop skills to effectively manage them. Counselling can help individuals overcome a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, grief, and stress. By providing support, validation, and practical guidance, counselling empowers individuals to enhance their emotional wellbeing and navigate life's challenges with resilience and confidence.


What types of mental health challenges can be addressed through counselling?


Counselling can effectively address a wide range of issues, providing support and guidance to individuals facing various emotional, psychological, and behavioural challenges. Some of the main issues that counselling can help with include:


  1. Anxiety disorders: Counselling offers strategies to manage symptoms of anxiety disorders such as generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) help individuals identify and challenge irrational thoughts and fears.

  2. Depression: Counselling provides a safe space for individuals to explore the underlying causes of depression and develop coping skills to improve mood and functioning. Therapies like CBT and interpersonal therapy (IPT) are commonly used to address depression.

  3. Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Counselling offers support and techniques to process traumatic experiences and manage symptoms of PTSD, such as flashbacks and hyper-vigilance. Trauma-focused therapies like Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) help individuals process and integrate traumatic memories.

  4. Relationship issues: Counselling helps couples and families improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen relationships. Therapists use techniques such as couples therapy and systemic family therapy to address relationship dynamics and promote understanding and connection.

  5. Grief and loss: Counselling provides support and coping strategies for individuals experiencing grief and loss, helping them navigate the grieving process and find meaning and healing.

  6. Stress Management: Counselling offers techniques to manage stress and build resilience, helping individuals develop healthy coping mechanisms and reduce the impact of stress on their mental and physical health.

  7. Self-esteem and body image issues: Counselling helps individuals develop a positive self-image and improve self-esteem, addressing underlying issues related to body image, self-worth, and identity.


Overall, counselling offers a supportive and collaborative approach to addressing a wide range of issues, empowering individuals to overcome challenges and improve their overall well-being.

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Get in touch with our caring team in London to begin counselling sessions with one of our mental health specialists


If you're looking for private counselling sessions for yourself or a loved one in London, please reach out to our caring team at Schoen Clinic Chelsea today. We have appointments available in as little as 24 hours so you can begin treatment with minimal wait.


To access private treatment as swiftly as possible, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire at any time to suit you.


How much do counselling sessions cost?


The cost of different types of treatment, therapy or support will vary. See our full breakdown of our prices and funding options for more information or specific costs.

Is counselling likely to be successful?


Research consistently demonstrates the effectiveness of counselling in treating various mental health issues. According to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Counselling Psychology, counselling interventions were found to be moderately effective across a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and trauma-related disorders (Lambert & Barley, 2001).


The success of counselling often depends on several factors, including the specific issue being addressed, the individual's readiness and motivation for change, the quality of the therapeutic relationship, and the skill and expertise of the therapist. Generally, individuals may begin to experience improvements in symptoms within the first few sessions of counselling, with longer-term therapy often associated with more sustained benefits. However, the timeline for improvement can vary depending on the complexity of the issue and the individual's unique circumstances.


It's important to note that counselling is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and what works for one person may not work for another. Additionally, attending counselling sessions consistently and actively engaging in the therapeutic process are crucial for achieving positive outcomes.


What does a typical counselling session look like at Schoen Clinic Chelsea? What should I expect?


At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, a counselling session typically begins with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where individuals are greeted by their therapist in a comfortable and confidential setting. During the session, patients can expect to engage in open and non-judgmental discussions with their therapist, exploring thoughts, emotions, and experiences at their own pace.


Counselling sessions typically last around 45 to 60 minutes, allowing ample time for meaningful conversations and reflection. The number of sessions required can vary depending on individual needs and treatment goals and may be determined collaboratively between the patient and therapist.


When attending a counselling session at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we encourage our patients to actively participate in the therapeutic process by openly sharing their thoughts and feelings, and by being willing to explore new perspectives and coping strategies. While the specific content of each session may vary based on individual concerns, patients can expect to receive empathetic support, practical guidance, and evidence-based interventions tailored to their unique needs.


Overall, patients can feel reassured that counselling sessions at Schoen Clinic Chelsea offer a safe and supportive environment for personal exploration and growth, guided by experienced therapists dedicated to their wellbeing.

How do I know who the right counsellor is for me?


Choosing the right counsellor is a crucial step in the therapeutic process, and at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we understand the importance of finding the right fit for your needs. Our team of therapists and counsellors specialises in mental health, with expertise in treating a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship difficulties. As part of an internationally renowned healthcare group, our counsellors work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team, ensuring that you receive comprehensive and integrated care tailored to your unique needs.


When selecting a counsellor, it's essential to consider factors such as their qualifications, experience, and therapeutic approach. At Schoen Clinic, our counsellors are highly trained professionals who adhere to ethical standards and best practices in counselling. Our team is committed to creating a supportive and non-judgmental environment where you feel comfortable and empowered to explore your thoughts and emotions.


We recognise that counselling is a personal journey, and finding the right counsellor is imperative for a successful therapeutic outcome. That's why we offer an initial consultation where you can discuss your concerns and goals with one of our specialists and determine if they are the right fit for you. Our priority is to ensure that you feel heard, understood, and supported throughout your counselling experience at Schoen Clinic Chelsea.

Is there a difference between counselling and therapy?


Yes, there is a difference between counselling and therapy, although the terms are often used interchangeably. Generally, counselling tends to focus on specific issues or life transitions, such as relationship problems, grief, stress management, or career concerns. It is often shorter-term and solution-focused, aimed at helping individuals develop coping strategies and achieve specific goals.


Therapy, on the other hand, is a broader term that encompasses a range of therapeutic approaches and interventions aimed at addressing mental health issues, emotional difficulties, or behavioural challenges. Therapy may be more in-depth and may explore underlying patterns, beliefs, and emotions that contribute to ongoing problems. It can include various modalities such as the previously mentioned CBT, as well as psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal therapy, and more.


Both counselling and therapy can be effective in promoting personal growth, self-awareness, and emotional wellbeing, and the choice between them often depends on individual needs and preferences.


How much does a counselling session cost at Schoen Clinic Chelsea?


One-to-one counselling and therapy sessions start at £230. Find a full breakdown of our private treatment pricing here.


Testimonial/patient review


"I worked with Jahanara Khatun, who is by far the best mental health therapist I have ever had. In addition to her knowledge and expertise, she is incredibly insightful and compassionate."

Meet our specialist team of mental health counsellors and therapists at Schoen Clinic Chelsea


Our team of specialist mental health counsellors and therapists is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care. With expertise in a wide range of therapeutic approaches, our counsellors and therapists offer personalised support to help you navigate life's challenges and achieve greater wellbeing. Whether you're seeking assistance with anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship issues, our experienced team is here to support you on your journey to mental health and healing.

Pilar Isla Rodriguez

Psychotherapist

Pilar Isla Rodriguez

Kristin McCarthy

Integrative Therapist

Kristin McCarthy

Dr Werner Kierski

Psychotherapist

Dr Werner Kierski

Lorraine Green

Psychotherapist

Lorraine Green

Isabelle Nussbaum

Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Isabelle Nussbaum

Gabriele Malinauskaite

Lead Psychotherapist

Gabriele Malinauskaite

Jahanara Khatun

Counselling Psychologist

Jahanara Khatun

Magdalena Garcia

Clinical Psychologist & Integrative Psychotherapist

Magdalena Garcia

Evangelia Mylona

Psychotherapist

Evangelia Mylona

Darja Lee

Integrative Psychotherapist

Darja Lee

Emma Johnson

Principle Systemic Family Psychotherapist

Emma Johnson

Dr Lorena Dumitrache

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Dr Lorena Dumitrache
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