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28th May 2016 

Counselling and therapy in Muswell Hill




My name is Francesca Weinberg and I have been a counsellor in Muswell Hill, Crouch End, Alexandra Palace, Bounds Green, Enfield and North London for the past 20 years. I work within a supportive, integrative framework combining a psycho-dynamic psychotherapy perspective with a focus on the mind-body connection. The body often holds the clue to underlying emotional conflicts and pain and by tuning into physical symptoms clients can become conscious of how much emotional distress - such as depression or anxiety - is held in physical tension, which can be released through understanding it's meaning. In counselling people experience the paradox that confronting and allowing difficult feelings helps them more self accepting. This in turn, reduces anxiety and creates space for new perspectives on difficulties so that negative patterns of behaviour don't have to be repeated.

Counselling helps people improve their relationships with themselves and others and find greater peace of mind. There is a saying in therapy 'that which you resist, persists' and exploring those aspects of ourselves we'd rather avoid can be a strengthening and liberating experience. I see the counselling process as one of partnership in which we work together to understand the meaning of painful emotions and patterns and find to find release from emotional pain and recurring, unhelpful patterns of behaviour. I know that for counselling to be of maximum effectiveness, my clients must feel able to establish a trusting relationship with me and I am committed to offering an ethical, safe and confidential service.

I'm aware of the courage it can take to approach a counsellor and the ambivalence and anxiety this can evoke. I believe there is in everyone an 'island of health' that seeks greater well-being and integration and it is this hopeful part which brings a person to seek therapy especially when a crisis occurs or you are feeling stuck in a repetitive cycle.

I am an experienced counsellor and specialise in helping with the following problems:

  • Stress, tension and its psychosomatic symptoms
  • Relationship difficulties and breakdown
  • Separation, Loss and sadness
  • Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Low self esteem
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Infertility
  • Eating disorders
  • Work related issues - conflict at work, redundancy
  • Searching for purpose and meaning in life.

    I work with clients on a short term or open-ended basis depending on the individual and the problems they're bringing and discuss this at our initial session. I mainly work face to face, but also offer sessions over the telephone or via Skype/Facetime. My counselling practice is in Alexandra Palace within easy reach of Muswell Hill, Crouch End, East Finchley, Bounds Green, Palmers Green, Wood Green and Enfield. It's important that you feel at ease with your counsellor so I'm happy to meet with you for an initial assessment to discuss your needs and see if I am the right therapist for you.