People are talking about mental health and wellbeing.

The media attention, given to Prince Harry, William and Kate, and Lady Gaga in speaking about the ‘Headstogether’ campaign has put mental health and emotional wellbeing in the spotlight. This is a good thing since we all have a psychological life and powerful thoughts and feelings which we can struggle to manage. While many people experience some sort of mental illness, ranging from anxiety or mild depression to something more severe, everyone at some point will experience the normal emotional processes of grieving and loss and coming to terms with ourselves as we change, face challenges and grow older.

For some, there are particular emotional struggles associated with the past, or with problems in the present which are debilitating and limit our lives. We want to live to the full, with healthy relationships, a sound sense of our own worth, and fulfilling work. But sometimes our thoughts, feelings, and emotions seem to prevent us from living as we would like to. This is where counselling and psychotherapy can be so effective.

Talking therapies’ are more about listening than talking.

Going to see a counsellor or psychotherapist is about being listened to, listening to ourselves and our inner voices and motivations, then finding the insight we need to manage who we are more effectively. ‘Psychodynamic Counselling’ usually refers to weekly meetings over a few months to target troubling issues, while ‘Psychotherapy’ normally means a similar experience over a longer period which provides the space to explore more fully the emotional life that underpins all we do and all we struggle to be.

Can Counselling or Psychotherapy help you to live more fully?

Yes, almost certainly. For some people, having the chance to spend 50 minutes each week with someone who will listen without judgment or agenda, and help them discover the roots of the powerful emotional forces which seem to control them, can be life changing. Most psychotherapists trained for this work because they have seen or experienced these forces themselves.

For many, the experience of counselling or therapy is a turning point in their life on the way to better choices and greater fulfillment. Of course, not everyone is able to make use of this type of support, and the most important thing of all is that there must be a good ‘fit’ between each person and their

For many, the experience of counselling or therapy is a turning point in their life on the way to better choices and greater fulfillment. Of course, not everyone is able to make use of this type of support, and the most important thing of all is that there must be a good ‘fit’ between each person and their therapist – personalities are important and finding the right person makes the difference.

What are Counselling and Psychotherapy for?

Counselling and Psychotherapy are for the achieving the following outcomes:

  • better relationships, facing decisions, healing past hurts, real communication, addressing troubling behaviour, deeper self-knowledge, exploring family problems, achieving self-control, effective living, being heard, healing after grief and discovering potential;
  • sexuality, coping with stress, finding the the courage to be honest, overcoming addiction, facing fear, coping with trauma, self-esteem, mastering compulsive behaviour or addiction, accepting ageing, understanding perfectionism and making life-changing decisions;
  • exploring forgiveness, addressing anger, learning from emotions, dealing with disturbing thoughts or dreams, facing the past and the future, emotional resilience, finding self-acceptance, making peace, prioritising your wellbeing. And much more….

Being committed to attending at the same time each week is a must, as it is important to give your emotional and psychological wellbeing the care it deserves.

About the Author:

Ralph Williamson is a BACP Registered Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist.

Douglas Clague

Douglas works with both adults and adolescents (not couples). He is a fully qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and has a Diploma in working with adolescents. Douglas works in both an open ended and time limited manner to make sure his clients get the best result.
How Can He Help You?
  • Your will work at a pace that feels right for you.
  • Get your thoughts into perspective.
  • Find better ways to cope or alter behaviour.
  • Gain insight into yourself and your problems.
  • Work through the issues and not feel so alone.
His fees and working hours are as follows:
  • Wednesday – 8 am – 10 pm
  • £90 inc vat  for a 50 minute session.
  • Often it is preferable to have an introductory session over the course of 90 minutes to really get to know the client and discuss the options and suitability of therapy. The cost of this 90 minute session is £120.
Bsc in Psychology
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (WPF London)
Diploma in Working with Adolescents  (WPF London)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF London)
Professional memberships
Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); Registered Member
You can contact him personally via his website jdctherapy.com, his work email douglas@jdctherapy.com and his phone 07768825802.
Douglas would be happy to respond to any inquiries or questions you may have regarding therapy.


We have a team of experienced and rigorously trained clinicians who are able to draw on a broad range of established modalities, which can be both tailored to the needs of the individual, and appropriately adapted as the work progresses.

Psychotherapy offers a confidential, non-judgmental and safe space to explore and work through any issues which may be creating difficulties in leading a full, rewarding life.

These issues exist on a spectrum which ranges from:

  • Problems with emotional regulation, such as anger or spiralling negative thoughts.
  • Problems with relationships, whether at work or home.
  • Problems with life’s transitions, particularly involving loss and bereavement.
  • Existential angst where there is a loss of hope and meaning in life.
  • Issues of identity, gender or sexuality.
  • Identifying and modifying unhelpful coping mechanisms, which may involve food, drugs, self-harm, pornography and burying oneself in work.
  • Issues involving trauma and abuse, whether physical, sexual, verbal or emotional.
  • Issues concerning physical illness, whether in the self, loved one or as a career.
  • Suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, obsessional thoughts, and behaviours.

In the initial meeting or consultation, the therapist and client explore together what the presenting issues are and how these might be best resolved.

Sessions, which normally last 50 minutes, take place once a week on the same day and at the same time.

The fee is £85 per session for individuals and £90 for couples.

We offer both short-term therapy (usually between 12 to 20 sessions) and open-ended, long-term work with individuals and couples.

All our therapists are members of either

The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling, The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy or The British Psychoanalytic Council, and adhere to their Codes of Ethics.

All therapists also undertake regular supervision and study to further their professional development.