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Monika McIntosh

London
Abuse
Anxiety
Depression
Loss & grief
Phobia
Pregnancy
Relationships
Self-esteem
Self-harm
Sex & Sexuality
Stress
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Me in a nutshell

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, parents and adults. I often use creative mediums such as art, sandtray and play as they can facilitate communication of unconscious or hard to express emotions, especially in the work with children and adolescents. My training and the personal therapy I undertook alongside it were some of the most challenging, inspiring and healing experiences of my life. It’s the journey that doesn’t end and it only gets enriched by every new person I meet along the way.

The thing I love most about my work…

I am deeply aware that each child and adult brings to therapy a story that is unique to them. I feel really privileged to be a witness to the incredible journeys that people undergo in therapy. The most rewarding part is to see someone find a way to express their complex feelings and discover an inner strength that will guide them in their lives for many years after therapy is finished. My clients are my greatest teachers. I am truly touched by their courage, resilience and innate desire for growth and healing.

My specialities

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss & grief
  • Phobia
  • Pregnancy
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-harm
  • Sex & Sexuality
  • Stress

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

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.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy looks at how our early experiences shape our present lives. Its main insight is that problems often arise from painful childhood experiences that have been pushed down to the unconscious because they may be too painful for the conscious mind to process. These repressed emotions don’t go away but resurface to haunt our current relationships. The goal of therapy is to examine our current challenges at their roots, to make the unconscious conscious so we can understand ourselves and stop replaying past conflicts into the present.

Fees

Adult session(50 minutes): £60

Child or Adolescent session (50 minutes): £60-70

Reduced fees available to students or low-income clients.