Be Heard, Gain Insight, and Change
Experienced psychotherapist in Crouch End, Muswell Hill, & East Finchley
An accredited counsellor and psychotherapist based in Muswell Hill, Crouch End & East Finchley
We all have difficulties and need some extra help at times.
We can work together to:
... gain understanding and insight
... achieve a sense of relief
... make the changes you need
My name is Andrew Martin and I have been a practising counsellor in North London for the past 12 years. I am committed to providing counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment.
My approach to counselling
For some people, it is important to understand the past, while others prefer to work in a more solution-focused way. I take an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy, which allows a really flexible treatment based on your individual needs. Click here to learn more about my qualifications and experience.
Areas of experience
As a counsellor in North London I work a lot with relationship issues, and the feelings of betrayal, low self-esteem and stress associated with separation and divorce. A counsellor can help you clarify your thoughts and feelings and discover how to move forward with your relationship.
Anxiety is also linked to assertiveness issues like the experience of being 'used' or 'walked over' by the people in your life. This often leads to low self-esteem, depression, guilt and shame.
Contact me to talk about...
- Relationship issues
- Panic Attacks
- Social Anxiety
New Content: Social Anxiety
What is it?
Social anxiety, or social phobia, is an overwhelming fear of social situations. I think it's best understood by looking at the symptoms people experience when they suffer from it.
People with social anxiety are constantly haunted by worries about what others think of them. They suspect that they are being judged negatively, that people don't like them, or that they are deficient in some way.
Such thoughts can be particularly invasive when people are faced with unknown situations, especially when they think they might be scrutinised and judged.
This unpleasant and debilitating fear leads to people avoiding social situations like parties, after- work drinks, and birthday celebrations.
Unfortunately, when you repeatedly avoid social situations, your anxiety only becomes stronger and deeper, and so do the unwanted negative thoughts about being judged and failing...
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What to expect
You might talk about your background, your relationships, or what you hope to achieve through counselling and psychotherapy. It's also a good time to ask me questions about the counselling process, and I’ll answer them as clearly as I can.
By the end of the session you’ll probably know if you feel safe with me, and want to come back and see me again.
From my perspective I want to use the first session to get to know you, to explain things like confidentiality, what I offer, and what it might feel like to see me.
I’ll also start to formulate your concerns using one or more psychological models. At the end of the session, I’ll tell you my thoughts and recommend our next steps.
If we both feel that there is a good ‘match’ then I will suggest a time-limited course of counselling. I find it useful to begin in this structured way since it provides a good opportunity to step back and evaluate progress.
We would also need to agree on a location for counselling in Muswell Hill, Crouch End or East Finchley that you can attend for 50 minutes a week for an agreed number of weeks.