Dr Jeanette Hennigan Integrative psychotherapist , EC1R
Are you, or someone you love, finding life difficult?
- Are anxiety, low mood or other psychological, behavioural or relational issues getting in the way of living life to the full either as an individual or a couple?
- Are you a parent looking for a qualified and experienced mental health professional to help your child or teen confidentially and without necessarily having to take time out of your working week to take them to see someone? Or to avoid them having to be seen accessing help at in their educational environment, if the thought of doing so is difficult for them?
- It is important that you find someone that you can work with. I offer a lower cost initial session for individuals (not couples) - £45, without commitment to further sessions.
I can offer a safe and confidential environment, either face to face or online, in which to express concerning thoughts and feelings, gain deeper insight into difficulties and take positive steps forward. I am an experienced Counsellor, Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, supervisor and Coaching Psychologist who is registered and accredited registered with BACP, BABCP and BPsS. I offer both short and long-term work in central London or online. I have worked with children, young people and adults for many years, predominantly in Schools, but also for MIND, Cruse Bereavement Care, Samaritans, various counselling agencies and in a GP Surgery.
Making the decision to attend a session with me is a positive step and can offer support beyond that available from family or friends. My aim is to help you find better ways to understand yourself, or to bring about changes to help you manage the way you think or behave, to improve your mental, emotional and behavioural well-being.
Listening carefully is the largest part of what all mental health professionals do. They make sure clients have clarified the problem areas in their own terms and help them decide what steps they want to take next, with the goal of always letting the work proceed at the client’s pace.
Sessions are up to an hour long. In your first session, I will typically ask questions about you and your life. This information helps me make an initial assessment of your situation. Questions I might ask include why you sought therapy at this time or whether there is a particular issue that may have led you to seek help. It may be however that you are unsure what the problem is, or feel a sense of 'stuckness' and may be looking for a way to better achieve your goals or take positive steps forward in life. I may ask you a series of questions about your life. For example, because family situations play an important role in who you are, I may ask about your family history and your current family situation. Other than knowing the reason you sought therapy, I may ask questions to find out if you’re suffering from any other symptoms related or not to your problem.
It is completely normal to feel anxious at first, particularly if this is your first experience of working with a therapist/coach. It can take a while to get used to the situation but most people report feeling significantly more at ease as the session goes along. It can be quite a relief to talk about difficult issues with someone who is understanding, who clearly withholds judgement and with whom you do not have an emotional attachment.
Couples therapy sessions are 90 minutes long. I do this because I think we can accomplish much more in a longer session and it is very important that you both get a chance to express what is going on for you in your relationship. I also expect us to need much fewer sessions.
The idea of counselling is often unnerving to people, and the idea of doing those sessions with another person can be downright terrifying. Nothing is really going to change that potential dread before your first appointment, but knowing what to expect makes it a bit less unnerving.
Couples therapy seems like a pretty simple idea: you sign up for a session when your relationship is in trouble and you need help dealing with it. Perhaps you and your partner are arguing about the stupidest things and these rows quickly escalate into something nasty.
Or your relationship feels stale, and if the two of you were not so busy leading separate lives you feel you would die of boredom. Sometimes there is a big issue - such as money, sex, infidelity, in-laws or children—about which you cannot get your partner to understand your viewpoint.
The main purpose of couples therapy is to put you and your significant other in a room with a neutral mediator to help you make sense of what's going on. If you're having trouble communicating with each other, then the counsellor is going to help guide you through talking about it.
The main point, as you'd expect, is to get you talking through whatever issues you have, or to simply figure out what those issues are. In the case of couples therapy, it's useful to find a counsellor who will suit both of you. You can give me a call and talk over what you're looking for in the sessions before committing.
As you'd probably expect, the first thing I'm likely going to ask you is something along the lines of, "What's going on?" or "Why are you here?" It sounds incredibly simple, but it's worth taking the time with your significant other to prepare to answer the questions.
You want to prepare yourself to answer a few rudimentary questions during that first session. In fact, the whole process is likely similar to one-on-one therapy, which means the therapist will likely ask about your history and expect both of you to be open, somewhat talkative, and honest.
Depending on the situation, your counsellor might also talk to you both individually for portions of the appointment. Don't expect the first visit to a couples counsellor to produce results. Things might come up you never knew about the other person, or you might let something slip out of your own mouth that you didn't even know you thought.
Basically, couples counselling has just as much potential of being positive as it does negative, but that's just part of the process. Talking about your problems with a counsellor might not be easy. Sessions might pass in silence as you and your partner seethe over perceived wrongs—or you might bring your fights with you, perhaps even arguing during sessions. Both are OK. Your therapist can act as mediator or referee and help you cope with the resulting emotions and turmoil.
Be prepared for some awkward conversations, because chances are they'll happen. As time goes on you will probably set goals in therapy while you work out your issues. You will also learn to set boundaries with each other so that your relationship is more purposeful.
If there are underlying issues with one of the couple then it may be appropriate for them to do individual therapy with another provider so that more time in the couples session can be devoted to how they move forward together.
Training and qualifications
I have been working as a therapist for 15 years and have a Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Professional Works, a Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a Psychology degree. I also have a number of qualifications in counselling supervision, Coaching Psychology and online counselling (further details of these are available upon request).
I am an experienced counsellor, CBT therapist, supervisor and coaching psychologist registered with BACP, BABCP and BPsS, offering both short and long-term therapy in central London or online. I am also qualified to teach Mindfulness, having trained as a practitioner with Mindfulness in Schools.
I have worked therapeutically with children, young people and adults for over 30 years, predominantly in Schools, but also for MIND, Cruse Bereavement Care, Samaritans, various counselling agencies and a GP Surgery. I have previously taught the Diploma and Certificate in Counselling and have delivered presentations on a variety of Mental and Emotional Health topics to schools and other organisations.
My areas of experience include individuals (from age 5yrs and above), couples counselling, addiction, stress and anxiety, trauma, bereavement, OCD and general counselling. I also offer counselling to children and young people (5-25yrs), as I have worked in independent schools as a therapist and Director of Pupil Wellbeing for over 10 years. These sessions can take place confidentially via video session online in the comfort of your own home. Your child will just need access to a device with a camera and microphone and a quiet room to talk from where they cannot be overheard or disturbed. I can also offer stress reduction sessions for children preparing to take part in selection tests, GCSE's and A levels.
Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Coaching or Supervision:
- Individuals - £45 for the initial session and thereafter £90 for a 55 minute session
- Couples - £135 for a 90 minute session
- Clinical Supervision for Counsellors / CBT Therapists / Coaches - £90 per hour
The fee is payable by cash/card payment/electronic funds transfer or cheque
I offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments either in person or online (via video using a secure, encrypted platform).
Cognitive behaviour therapy Couples therapy Integrative Mindfulness Person-centred/humanistic Solution-focused therapy Issues often worked with:
AnxietyBereavementCouple relationshipsDepressionFamily issuesInterpersonal relationshipsPhobiasSocial communication Availability:
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I work both face to face and online