Counselling and Psychotherapy – Wimbledon Dr. Maura Abdelall CPsychol

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Counselling and Psychotherapy in South West London- South Wimbledon

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination” (Carl Rogers)

One can at times find life challenging and may find it a struggle to cope with difficult emotions. As a way to manage painful feelings a person may become withdrawn in themselves or may turn unhelpful behaviours such as abusing alcohol and drugs . This in turn can disrupt one's life in terms of relationships, job, sleeping and eating patterns, concentration etc. Because it's hard to reach out for help due to fear, confusion and shame, one can go on many years living a life repeating the same patterns and not knowing how to stop the cycle of depression and anxiety. Seeing a counsellor can help to talk about painful events and emotions and to improve self-reflection and self-awareness. Therapy can also help one to explore things that you feel may be holding you back which you have not yet resolved.

There is a significant amount of research that has found talking therapy to enable individuals to change their unhelpful ways of thinking, behaving and therefore feeling better able to cope with things in life. If you have never engaged in therapy or spoken to a counsellor you may be wondering what to do and what to expect from therapy. You may find some of the answers to your questions on the FAQ page.

I am a qualified Counselling Psychologist and I work in the NHS and hold a private therapy clinic in London- South Wimbledon, within easy reach from Wimbledon central and Colliers Wood. I generally use the first meeting to see whether I may be able to help you with your difficulty, and it also gives you the chance to see whether you feel you would like to work with me. If I am not the best person to help, then I will make suggestions on where you may be able to access the appropriate help. If you have any questions or would like more information on how I may be able to help you, or to arrange an initial appointment you can call or text me on 07931229137 or email me here

The type of therapy I offer is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Attachment-Based Psychodynamic Therapy

I offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is a practical short-term therapy aimed at improving the way one feels by changing thinking patterns and behaviours. CBT is a structured type of therapy, where you learn techniques to change your unhelpful thinking styles and behaviours to feel better and less distressed. Some reading and writing in between each session is required for this therapy, for example keeping diaries of thoughts, emotions and events. Research has shown CBT to be a very effective treatment especially for anxiety disorders, including: panic, worry, social anxiety, health anxiety, OCD, and specific phobias.

I also offer longer- term Attachment- Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, which explores how past relationships and experiences may influence the way one relates in the present to one self and to others. This type of therapy is more explorative and lasts longer, as it usually requires more time to speak about these deeper issues. Attachment-based psychodynamic psychotherapy is generally aimed at exploring relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, depression and childhood trauma.

My clinic is located in South Wimbledon, South West London, close to Wimbledon central and Colliers Wood. It is within 2 minutes walking distance from South Wimbledon underground station on the Northern Line. Wimbledon train and underground station are located about 5 minutes on the bus 57, 93, 131, 219. Trains from London Waterloo to Wimbledon are frequent and take approximately 20 mins.

I offer therapy for the following difficulties:

  • Depression
  • Work Stress
  • Relationship Difficulties (not couples therapy)
  • Panic Attacks
  • General Anxiety/Worry
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Social Anxiety
  • Bereavement/ Loss
  • Childhood Trauma (neglect, violence, sexual abuse, emotional and psychological abuse)
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

    My clinic is located in South West London- South Wimbledon- within 2 minutes walk from South Wimbledon underground tube station on the Northern line. It is also within easy reach from Wimbledon and Colliers Wood. Trains from London Waterloo to Wimbledon take approximately 20 minutes Click here for a map

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    For more information on how I may be able to help you, or to arrange an initial appointment please call/text 07931229137 or email me here

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