Stefan KingPsychosynthesis counsellor
As a Londoner by birth and previously a gardener by profession, I know that our personal problems can feel overwhelming. My personal experience is that what we perceive as a challenge, problem or 'dead end road' can become a starting point for new strength and a better understanding of ourselves. “The shit can become gold”, and my training and experience as a practicing counsellor has validated and confirmed this wee snippet of folk wisdom a hundred times over and continues to tickle and inspire me on a daily basis.
How I work:
As a qualified Psychosynthesis counsellor my approach involves bringing a shared understanding of what is going on for you, and to help reveal and then tackle the obstacles standing in your way.
I specialise working with men and the common concerns generally associated with modern masculinity. Issues such as how to regulate our anger, how toshow affection and find intimacy in relationships, how to earn respect and recognition, as well as concerns around sex and sexuality.
I also work with women struggling in relationship to men, essentially addressing the difficulties we may face tuning into and connecting emotionally and physically with each other.
Many of us wish to feel more in charge of our lives, have a better perspective on who we are and what we want to achieve in life. Perhaps we wish to deepen our relationships and enjoy the company of friends and family more. My approach focuses on what we can be in this present moment, with a forthright acknowledgment of the past, and a realistic sense of optimism for what we can become.
My personal view is that therapy is an investment in the future, one which encourages personal development, and which once started, will increase our levels of awareness and the skills necessary to meet and deal graciously with life’s inevitable challenges. Looking for the support of a counsellor is the first step in taking responsibility for such an investment.
Psychosynthesis counselling aims to reveal where we hold ourselves back, to explore our potential and engage our will in making the changes we so often desire. As a transpersonal therapy it is known to be helpful if you are struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD and workplace or relationship issues.
Additionally, the idea of sitting in a room face to face with a counsellor, doesn’t appeal to everyone. With that in mind I also offer the opportunity to take the counselling session out into the natural environment. To a natural setting that feels safe or familiar. This form of nature therapy is a way that I can utilise my experience and knowledge of the natural world in conjunction with my role as a counsellor.
In some respects it is akin to the Shinrin Yoku tradition that has emerged in Japan over the last few decades and is recognised as a platform for the slow work of reconnecting with one’s inner self. Spending time in nature in this dedicated way, has been shown to lead to a reduction in levels of anxiety and stress, while increasing one’s capacity for empathy, creativity and general wellbeing.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
I charge £60 per hour for individuals.
I am also able to offer a limited number of reduced fee places.
I am available Mondays & Wednesdays in person. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays online using Zoom and Skype.
Our first meeting will be an opportunity to have a conversation about what you would like from therapy, to share your reasons for seeking help and to give you an idea of the approach we will take. During this initial meeting we will carry out a routine case assessment and you will have time to assess for yourself whether you are comfortable to continue.
Training and qualifications
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling