About Esther Thompson Counselling
At some time in their lives, everyone struggles with things. Talking to someone in a confidential and non-judgmental environment can help ease and make sense of things.
I am an experienced, and qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and I offer one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy in Islington and in Walthamstow. I can help you explore your difficult thoughts and feelings about what is happening in your life right now, as well as making links to experiences that you have had in the past.
I find it is important to create an environment that is safe that can help you work through your difficulties, anxieties and problems so you can live and experience your life more fully.
I work with people who are experiencing the following difficulties:
or if you have been bereaved
I have two counselling and psychotherapy practices in quiet, professional and comfortable rooms, one in Islington (EC1) and in Walthamstow (E17). Both are within easy walking distance of underground tube stations.
My training, work experience and any achievement
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist. I trained at WPF Therapy in London Bridge.
My qualification and training enable me to practise psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults who are experiencing emotional difficulties.
I receive regular professional supervision from a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor.
Code of Ethics
I work in accordance to BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
What is counselling & psychotherapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy are often called the ’talking therapies’. They provide a safe place in which to explore present and past feelings and the meaning of current and past relationships with a trained professional. This can be particularly helpful for people who are experiencing problems with anxiety or depression, low self-esteem or who are having difficulties in their relationships.
What type of counselling & psychotherapy do I provide?
I provide psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy on a once-weekly, one-to-one, ongoing confidential basis, with each session lasting 50 minutes.
What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy recognises that problems and distress in the present may have originated in early life experiences. Understanding this is the first step towards achieving changes in perception, awareness and relationships.
An opportunity to explore
The regular sessions provide an opportunity to explore recurring patterns of behaviour and relationships which may also be repeated in the consulting room. I will work with you to look at these in a safe environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much will it cost?
The initial consultation costs £50.
Ongoing sessions cost between £45 - £65 per session, depending upon your income.
How can therapy help?
When you have problems or are in distress it can help to talk to somebody. Therapists will not tell you what to do or give advice, but will help you explore and reflect on your life and relationships, and they will support you in making your own decisions. Therapy offers a regular time and space where you can talk to someone who is trained, experienced and non-judgemental.
What is the initial consultation?
It is a time for you to talk about what’s troubling you. I will ask you some questions to help me understand the things you are finding hard. This conversation will enable us to consider the way your problems are affecting you. I will discuss with you whether a ’talking therapy’ is best suited to your needs and if psychodynamic psychotherapy is likely to be helpful for you.
What are psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy?
These types of therapy are based on the principle that problems and distress in the present may be related to early experiences. Understanding this will help you develop your own choices and way forward.
Are counselling and psychotherapy confidential?
Everything you discuss within your session is confidential. There can be certain legal exceptions: this can be discussed at the initial consultation. I also receive regular case supervision (see below).
What is supervision?
Supervision is a form of consultative support where practitioners discuss their work with at least one other professional. It is a requirement that all BACP therapists need to be in supervision. The supervisor is bound by rules of confidentiality in accordance with BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Other concerns & issues I deal with
Concerns & issues I deal with
- Alcohol Dependence
- Anger Management
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD)
- Avoidant Personality
- Bisexual Issues
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Childhood Issues
- Chronic Disease
- Compulsive Behaviour
- Concentration Problems
- Criminal Behaviour
- Cultural Issues
- Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD)
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Family Problems
- Gay Issues
- HIV and AIDS
- Impulsive Behaviour
- Integration of Experience
- Internet Addiction
- Learning Difficulties
- Lesbian Issues
- Low Self Confidence
- Low Self Esteem
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
- Manipulative Behaviour
- Marriage (Marital Relations)
- Memory Problems
- Mens Issues
- Mental Health Problems
- Midlife Crisis
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Emotional Abuse
- Counselling: £45.00/session
- Psychotherapy: £45.00/session
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