Simone GoldPsychodynamic therapist
I have worked as a BACP-registered counsellor and therapist for 14 years and I feel passionately about the difference that good therapy can make to people’s lives. My work involves running a private practice based in East Finchley, working as part of the Counselling and Mental Health Team at a London University and teaching several highly subscribed counselling training courses and workshops in London. Through my previous careers I have a knowledge of the commercial world and of the world of academia.
It may feel a daunting task trying to find a therapist that you feel will be the right one for you, who will fit well with you and can truly understand your difficulties and concerns. I advise people to remember that ‘one size does not fit all’ and that they have the right to take their time in deciding if they want to work with someone.
To help you get a sense of the kind of therapeutic work I try to do with clients, I’ve written some words that I feel represent my way of working and included some words of others which have informed my work too.
'All human beings should try to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why - James Thurber, cartoonist, author, playwright
I trained originally as a psychodynamic therapist in which understanding the power of our unconscious over our thoughts, feelings and behaviour is key. Since then I have developed my thinking and training to integrate other important ideas and ways of working with clients and their issues.
‘A thing which has not been understood inevitably reappears; like an unlaid ghost, it cannot rest until the mystery has been resolved and the spell broken’ – Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis
From early on in our lives we have created beliefs and ‘emotional truths’ based on our formative experiences – it’s how we made sense of the world we found ourselves in. Working together, we will discover the meaning you have given to your experiences, and what your beliefs are about the way the world works. In this way we might also be able to see the way in which some of these ‘truths’ may have tripped you up in your life, and in your relationships. These beliefs may have been largely unconscious or unknown to you up until the point that we do this discovery work. Once we uncover the particular meaning that you have given to your experiences, you will be freed up to find newer, more helpful ways of thinking about your past, your present and your future. This often results in improved relationships, greater self-esteem and the ability to consider different life choices. One of my clients recently described the work we did together as 'being helped to think about my thinking more clearly.''
To turn natural sadness into depression, all you have to do is blame yourself for the disaster that has befallen you – Dorothy Rowe
It’s worth pointing out that sometimes it’s hard to let go of troubling thoughts, feelings or behaviour because this might present other dilemmas which we may be only partially aware of. For example, blaming ourselves for something that has happened or gone wrong can feel more ‘comfortable’ and familiar to us than considering what other factors might be involved. Because of this, we might find ourselves ‘stuck’ in a way of thinking or being, even though we so desperately want to change things. But by carefully uncovering these hidden dilemmas that keep us stuck in unhelpful patterns, we can find other, healthier ways for you to deal with your difficulties.
The Good Life is a process, not a state of being – Carl Rogers, founder of Person-Centred Therapy
I aim to work with clients as for as short a time as is needed – in other words, for as long as it takes to clarify, resolve, understand or move beyond the difficulty. This will vary from client to client and according to the issue we need to deal with. Sometimes we need to allow time and space for feelings to emerge and be attended to in a way that honours and respects them. I am there for clients if they feel it might be useful to return at a later date, or for an occasional review. My hope is always that, through our work together, my clients will develop their own therapeutic voice; the therapy may end but the insight and thinking can continue forever.
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
I charge £70 per session. Sessions are 50 minutes long and we would meet weekly where possible. I offer both short and long term therapy.
I offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions to students and those on lower incomes.
If you would like to have a preliminary conversation or to get a sense of how I work, please do contact me.
Training and qualifications
Simone Gold BA, MA, Dip Couns, MBACP
My initial training was in Psychodynamic Counselling at the Manor House Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy (London). Since that time I have undertaken further training to widen and deepen my thinking and approach, which now incorporates Attachment Theory and Coherence Therapy. I am committed to regular continuing professional development as an intrinsic and essential part of my practice.
I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.