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Simon Draycott

LGBT issues
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Me in a nutshell

Originally from the North-East of England, I’ve been working as an individual, couples and business psychologist since 1991. Without wanting to sound too earnest, I’m driven by my belief in psychology as a power for good that makes a difference in people’s lives rather than simply as a raft of tools, theories and research findings. Results matter to me. I’m a firm believer that insight and change will only come about if people are prepared to do some work. My job is to share with them in this work and help them better understand themselves and their experiences.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from therapy…

To put aside labels such as 'depression', 'anxiety' and 'addict' and focus on each individual's experience of issues that concern them. Sure, labels can be helpful (as can a raft of therapeutic tools) but it's understanding each person's experience that really matters for change, relief and recovery.

One thing that has had an enormous influence on me…

Believe it or not, it was a film! It’s called 'The Hours' and focuses on the lives of three different women (one of them is Virginia Woolf) searching for meaning in their lives. It’s full of ideas I use in therapy and I found it profound, moving and inspiring. Although the film deals with some bleak material, it has a heart.

My specialities

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • LGBT issues
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Work

I also work with most of the major psychological and mental health issues.

My qualifications & experience

  • 15+ years’ experience in individual and couples counselling
  • Coached various organisations on stress management and team-building
  • Post-MA in Existential Counselling Psychology – City University, London
  • MA in Counselling Psychology – City University, London
  • Professional Certificate in Sex Addiction – ATSAC, London
  • MSc in Occupational Psychology – University of Hertfordshire
  • BA (Hons.) in Psychology and Philosophy IIi – University of Leeds

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a more structured, goal-oriented approach to therapy. According to CBT, destructive behaviours result from unhealthy emotions, and unhealthy emotions stem from distorted patterns of thinking - for example, overgeneralising, catastrophising, magnifying negatives and minimising positives. CBT helps clients to identify and challenge these cognitive errors, to replace them with more realistic thoughts and to learn coping skills and practical strategies that minimise dysfunctional behaviour.

Existential Therapy

Existential Therapy focuses on our subjective way of being here and now and the unique meaning we give to our experiences. In this approach, there is no right or wrong way of being. Instead, it's important to realise the power and responsibility inherent in our choices, the freedom to make new ones and the need to face reality, rather than try to escape from it. Existential therapy explores our unique responses to universal questions like alienation, despair, meaninglessness and mortality, but its ultimate goal is to help us live with deeper awareness, authenticity, courage, presence and awe.


Mindfulness is based on the Buddhist practice of focusing our attention on the present moment and responding to whatever is happening with acceptance, curiosity and openness. Mindfulness helps us learn to notice our thoughts and feelings without judging or identifying with them. In this way we can acknowledge and observe what's happening to us without reacting to it in self-destructive ways. Mindfulness helps us 'catch' ourselves before we get sucked down a rabbit hole of self-criticism and rumination. It has been found especially effective in the treatment of depression, stress and addiction relapse.


Free initial consultation session

Individuals: £80 per session

Couples: £95 per session