If you’re looking for an empathic therapist during a difficult time, or to help you increase awareness of what it is you want and need, I offer warmth and integrity. The word therapy literally means ‘to stand beside’ and, together in a safe space, we can explore new choices, raising your awareness of how you view yourself, others and your issues. If you’re feeling lost, sad or challenged by life, I’ll support you in finding some clarity.
My belief in the vitality of connection with others led me to become a Samaritan at the age of twenty, some decades ago! Today, I draw on different therapeutic models: my training is in the humanistic Gestalt and psychosynthesis therapies, being particularly interested in what is happening for you right now in the present moment, as well as looking at the past and fears for the future. Always led by your needs, we might work at challenging your ideas about yourself and your capabilities, and how to move into new cycles of experience
During therapy, if you want to simply talk, or if you’re interested in using creativity to gain new perspectives, such as journal writing or free drawing, we can do that together: my background is also in the arts. Crucially, I believe we all deserve the chance to express ourselves without feeling judged, and the chance to find our own light.
Counselling works best on a weekly basis. I’d suggest an initial meeting to help identify the key issues you wish to address, how I think I can help, and for you to decide if you want to work with me. I cover issues from trauma, loss and grief, family, parenting and relationship concerns, work problems, anger, general stress or ‘stuckness’; addictive behaviour, anxiety, panic and depression. I’m BACP registered, working within the ethical framework.
Holly J Taylor Dip Couns
BACP registered Counsellor
Holly is a qualified BACP accredited Counsellor who trained at the Gestalt Centre in London, completing a Diploma in Counselling. Prior to this, she gained a Certificate in Psychodynamic and Humanistic Counselling at Goldsmiths. She continues her professional development through psychotherapy training at the London Gestalt Centre and has been trained in Couples work with Relational Change.
Holly has worked at a Creative Therapies Project in South East London where she saw a wide range of clients referred by GP practices and other agencies. She has had brief experience of delivering short term counselling in the NHS and Has worked as a counsellor at City Lit, London’s largest adult education institution.
In private practice she offers a safe and non-judgemental space in which clients can explore the issues that are causing them concern. Holly builds a warm and supportive relationship and offers her clients sensitive observations that help to increase awareness of patterns of thought and behaviour that might feel limiting or unhelpful.
She has worked with those who feel anxious or depressed, those who have suffered bereavements or other losses, relationship difficulties at work and at home, those coping with change and transition such as retirement, divorce, and illness and many other emotional issues.
Holly has had a long working life in education during which she developed an interest in how early family relationships and attachments to our carers may impact on how we build and maintain relationships throughout our lives. It was through working with children in foster care that she became drawn to her therapeutic training.
Holly enjoys yoga and feels that yoga supports the body awareness that is a guiding principle of Gestalt practice.
Talking things over with an understanding, trained counsellor or Psychotherapist will support you to clarify your thoughts and feelings, make decisions and if necessary make major changes in your life. The aim is to offer a safe, confidential space and an opportunity to work towards living in a more satisfying way.
Issues may include:
Addressing and resolving specific problems
Gaining personal insight and clarity
Improving confidence/self esteem
Problems at work
Coping in a crisis
Working through loss and change
Resolving past issues
What is Counselling?
There are times when everyone needs space and someone to listen to them objectively, with acceptance and without judgement. Counselling or Psychotherapy provides this. Exploring your feelings, hopes, fears, relationships and choices will support you in coping with the events and issues in your life, and enable you to consider the options available to you.
Counselling or psychotherapy offers you the opportunity to talk, confidentially, to a qualified practitioner who is trained to listen to you carefully and understand and accept you. It offers you a safe place to help you to think more clearly about your difficulties and understand your feelings.
Though it can take courage, a therapy process can be relieving and helpful and enable you to find new tools to manage your life and problems.
Here are some other details about the way the process works. Each session lasts 50 minutes and will usually be on the same day and at the same time each week. Counselling is generally a shorter process and psychotherapy generally more in depth for a more substantial time.