Oliver FeldmanPerson-centred/humanistic psychotherapist
Hello and welcome. I am an experienced and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist working with individuals (18+) on an ongoing or time-limited basis. I practice in the north of Islington (Crouch Hill, N4) which is convenient for people near Archway, Crouch End, Finsbury Park and Highgate, and I also practice in Clerkenwell (Lloyd Baker Street, WC1X) which is close to Farringdon, King's Cross and Angel stations. Both locations are safe and comfortable and offer a quiet space for us to work through whatever issues you might be facing. I also offer an online service for anyone living further afield within the UK.
What therapy with me is like
Most research into successful therapy points to the quality of the relationship between therapist and client being the most significant factor. The Person-Centred Approach is a relational way of working based on the belief that people have an internal directional capacity – a kind of innate wisdom – that difficult life experiences can thwart, silence or subdue. An empathic, warm, and genuine relationship can help reactivate that capacity by creating the space to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a safe and understanding environment, free from judgements or threat.
How we work together
Since it is you who knows what hurts and what problems are crucial, the focus of our work together will be on your perceptions and your experiences. That means that you control the process, not just in your choice of me as your therapist, but also the direction of what we work on, the depth, and the pace. My role is not to offer advice, techniques or analysis of you and your situation, but rather to respond with compassion and understanding as you begin to reconnect with your own aspirations and instincts, and start growing in ways that are more satisfying for you.
The experience of being listened to with sensitivity as your unique personal meanings begin to emerge – often for the first time – can be deeply empowering. As an un-frightened witness to your newly revealed insights and awarenesses, I hope to help you increase your sense of self-agency as you start to make more constructive and effective decisions about your life and relationships.
What therapy helps with
The process of transformation experienced in therapy is often accompanied by a sense of living more authentically; increased self-esteem; a greater sense of openness and trust both for yourself and for others; a reinvigorated capacity for feeling, thinking and acting in more balanced, creative and passionate ways; increased clarity with regard to purpose and self-worth; a reduction in the distressing effects of depression, anxiety and stress; a working through of painful experiences related to disappointment, grief and loss; and more enjoyment and pleasure in everyday life.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
My fee is £80, however I also operate a sliding scale and maintain a small number of concessionary places for people on low incomes – please get in touch for details.
Introductory sessions last 45 minutes and are free of charge.
Training and qualifications
I hold a postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Person-Centred Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute, a leading specialist training institute for humanistically-informed psychotherapy and counselling based in Ealing, West London. I hold a BA (Hons) in philosophy from The University of Leeds and I have completed an MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications (Metanoia/Middlesex University – award pending). I also attend regular additional training to support my ongoing professional development.
I follow the UKCP Code of Ethics and Professional Practice and am subject to their Complaints & Conduct Process. I also follow Metanoia's Code of Clinical Ethics & Professional Conduct and attend regular supervision to support me in my clinical work.