Dr Paul GardenIntegrative psychologist
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 the sense of struggle 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 control over the difficult thoughts and emotions that underpin your distress. This in turn improves your capacity to reduce and change unhelpful behavioural patterns, which can lead to a greater sense of contentment with yourself and your life in general.
My approach to therapy has a focus on relationships. This includes the relationships you have with the people in your life, the relationship you have towards yourself, as well as the way that you relate to the world in general.
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. My work is always tailored to suit the needs of the individual, and it adapts as those needs change over time.
I am a Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Psychologist, and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP). I am also listed in the British Psychological Society Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).
Equipped with prestigious degrees from various London universities, I have spent over a decade working in a number of NHS services, the charity sector, as well as my private practice which I run from the Harley Street District of Central London. Over this time, I have provided psychological treatment for mental health issues ranging from relatively moderate emotional challenges to more complex psychological interventions (primary, secondary and tertiary care NHS services).
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
Since the beginning of Lockdown restrictions in March 2020 my practice has been largely online. The success of this over the past two years or so indicates that online sessions will continue to be offered beyond the pandemic.
I am also now available to meet for therapy sessions in my consulting rooms in central London, W1, Close to Harley Street, subject to availability.
Initial consultation: £100 for a fifty-minute session.
Individual Psychotherapy Sessions: £125.00 for a fifty-minute session.
Clinical Supervision of qualified and trainee practitioner’s is available on a sliding scale dependent on qualification status.
I offer an initial consultation as an opportunity for you to discuss your current concerns and difficulties for which you are considering therapy. I will address any questions that you may have, and together we will decide whether this is the right moment for you to begin therapy, and if so, we will agree on the duration and focus of our work.
Training and qualifications
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.
- Doctor of Psychology (DPsych)
- MSc with Distinction in Early Psychosis Intervention.
- Master’s Research: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness (Distinction).
- BSc First-Class Honours in Psychology & Neuroscience.