Richard Burgess Counsellor in Tooting, South West London

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About Counselling and Psychotherapy

I provide a, confidential, non-judgemental space where difficulties can be explored in depth and where it becomes possible to increase self-understanding in order to achieve change. Anyone who is interested in how their life has led them to be who they are, and who is ready to commit themselves to looking at their difficulties honestly will benefit from psychotherapy. Working psychodynamically means we address how the "emotional present" is influenced by early life experiences which may involve deprivation, loss, abuse and family distress. Many difficulties are a way of expressing how early life experiences have left their mark.

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself"
This quotation from Michel de Montaigne encapsulates my approach to psychotherapy. There are many painful ways in which you may not belong to yourself. You may have long-standing issues such as lack of self-confidence,feeling stuck in unhelpful patterns of thought or behaviour,a vague discomfort with yourself, a sense of futility. You may have doubts about the way you relate to others or suffer a sense of inner or outer isolation.

A situation may have arisen in your life which has evoked distressing and surprising feelings and/or an inability to cope. This might involve losses such as bereavement, divorce or redundancy; family worries,conflicts and crises; anger issues; anxiety and depression.

I work with whatever is brought into the session: emotional concerns, somatic complaints, blocks to creativity, personal and relationship difficulties, issues concerning loss in all its many forms.

You may seek counselling if you feel that you are not living your life to your full potential. This can take many forms such as underachieving at work or feeling that emotional experiences and commitments lack depth and meaning. You may seek psychotherapy if you feel your life is not entirely real to you.

I will...
  • Listen to you.
  • Together with you reflect on your response to life events and explore the way in which you relate to yourself and others.
  • Aim to help you make your own choices.

    What are the potential benefits?
  • Greater understanding of yourself.
  • Better relationships.
  • More motivation and self-confidence.
  • A greater ability to accept who you are.


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