Life Coaching/Personal-Development Counselling

What is Life Coaching?

Much of life is based on the simple premise that we create goals and we work our way to achieving that goal. Along the ay we will experiences success and failure, where the hope is that we learn from the failure and adjust ourselves to remain on course to achieving the goal we set out to achieve in the first place. Unfortunately life does not always go to plan and we can at times be too overwhelmed by our failures and mistakes causing us to become afraid to carry on pushing forward.

Life coaching and self-development counselling likens itself to a coach in any sport, where the sportsman knows how to play the game and more than likely has all the expertise to make them successful, however with the assistance from the coach they are able to fine tune and iron out any barriers and limitations they may not see. Life coaching in essence is the practice of helping you gain clarity and confidence in order to overcome any barriers you may meet or perceive and to determine and achieve your goals.

For the sportsman or team to be really successful, they need an effective and highly attuned coach who can hone into their needs on a physical, emotional, and cognitive level to help them achieve their greatness. The same applies to the general population who may not be sports superstars. We still have the desire to do well in life and achieve a better standard of living so that we can experience more wonder in the world. This is where it is essential to work closely with a coach to achieve your full potential.

Personal Development Coaching at Harley Street Psychology™ London

At Harley Street Psychology London, our therapists have all specialised in a number of therapeutic modalities. Each therapist has expertise in Cognitive Behavioural techniques to help you understand why there is a misalignment in your thinking and behaving. It is essential to realise that although personal development coaching focuses on setting goals with the aim of strengthening your abilities to achieve them, a central feature is learning how to live and strive in the present.

CBT primarily focuses on challenging negative or stagnant thinking patterns which have manifested in “bad” behavioural patterns. We all know how negative thinking and behaving can impact our overall success and function in the world and this is one fool-proof method of overcoming ineffective functioning. The team at Harley Street Psychology will all work with you in a bespoke fashion as we all realise that no two people are alike.

The bespoke attitude is to fine tune the coaching to such a standard that you feel completely understood in which way you endeavour to steer your life.  Not only is this essential for you and your wellbeing, but equally for the therapist you choose to work with. By creating a bespoke environment we as therapists are keenly interested in helping you achieve your dreams and goals because it makes our jobs interesting and see this as a real privilege to be allowed entry into your lived world.

Benefits of Life Coaching and Personal Development Counselling

  • Achieving a clear understanding of your current circumstances and mapping out your goals and definiteness of purpose.
  • Identify and accept the barriers that prevent change
  • Deletes negative thinking patterns which lead to unhealthy behaviours
  • Gain increased focus, motivation and confidence and move from thinking to action
  • Develops a personalised plan of action, tailored to your circumstances.

How Does Personal Development Coaching Work in Practice?

Life-coaching and Personal development coaching sessions will occur weekly and generally will be 50 minutes in length, however at Harley Street Psychology we believe that for the greatest level of change there needs to a greater saturation point to “drown out” older and obsolete ways of thinking… for this we offer 2 hour sessions weekly. By engaging in a 2 hour session, you are flooding your body and mind with new information which negates and challenges your previous belief systems.

By following the guidance of your Personal development coach, finding the appropriate experience to put these new patterns of thinking and behaving into practice will solidify a new and successful way of relating within your world. These sessions can also be undertaken via telephone, skype or email depending on the arrangements made with your therapist. Finally, it is vital to remember that all discussions between you and your life coach are strictly confidential and you will not be forced into any decisions/activities you have not agreed to with your coach.

What Issues Are Suited to Life Coaching?

Life has a miraculous ability to put us in compromising situations where one second we may feel that we are on top of things and the next second life seems completely unmanageable. When life feels unmanageable, more often than not we are to enmeshed in the experience and have no ability to see out to regain a sense of perspective: this is where it is vital to have a coach.

As a starting point simply to regain perspective on life, but at the core of the process to ensure that these setbacks do not occur again and if they do knowing that you are equipped with the ability to overcome any obstacle in your way.  There is an endless variety of areas where life coaching is suitable and although life coaching is historically associated with professionals in the corporate world, truly anyone can benefit from life coaching. At the core of the practice of life coaching is to help you achieve the goal you desire.

Some areas that life coaching and personal development coaching can help you with:

  • Career (change of career, new business ideas, promotions, performance)
  • Physical health and fitness goals, Sports performance and mind-set
  • Achieving Life purpose and Goals
  • Stress management, work-life balance
  • Relationships (including: meeting people, dating, rapport building and couples)
  • Self-confidence, self-esteem and self-image issues
  • Communication problems, Fear of speaking, public speaking
  • Corporate life coaching.

Please contact us on 0207 060 5257 to discuss how personal development life coaching could benefit you and your life If you feel you could benefit from the expertise of one of our dedicated counselling psychologists, please do contact us for a free chat about how we can help. Or use our online booking form to submit an appointment request!

Further Reading on Life Coaching/Self-Development Counselling:
  • Life is Management: Gary Ford
  • Coaching in organisations: Madeleine Homan
  • Best practice in performance coaching: Carol Wilson

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Low Self-Esteem Psychotherapy and Counselling at Harley Street Psychology™ London

Has Your Confidence Hit an All-Time Low?

Self esteem is a key component to having a positive and healthy self image — it is especially important when we relate to others in the workplace, at home within our families and socially with our friends — any difficult experience in life where we “appear” to have encountered a set-back or failure will impact our self-esteem and furthermore causing you to question your self-worth. Day to day experiences have the potential to impact our self-esteem because we have possibly not been equipped with the correct emotional tools to navigate our way through life. Self-esteem issues may stem from our childhoods and family environment which keeps you stuck in roles that are difficult to break away from.

These roles become familiar and it is easier relating to the world and others from a position of familiarity rather than trying to change and be uncertain of how you will be after. A low self-esteem will often be accompanied and reinforced by a negative internal voice. This is the voice that criticised you and will constantly contradict any positive choices you make in your life. This persistent negative voice will eventually feed into your negative thinking and feel like your life is out of control.

Feelings of failure, worthlessness, uncertainty, a dislike for yourself, heightened anxiety, a constant questioning of oneself, and an inability to be kind to yourself are a few characteristics that accompany low self-esteem. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms we would advise that you call us immediately so we can assist you in eradicating these symptoms for good on 0207 060 5257

Psychotherapy and Counselling for Low Self-Esteem 

Psychotherapy and Counselling will help you explore how your low self-confidence may have evolved from the varied experiences you’ve had in life. In addition it will look at how you have built your varied belief systems which in many ways may be faulty, especially if you are experiencing low self-esteem.

Your therapist will work closely with you in a bespoke manner to identify the most effective tools in helping you overcome low self-esteem. They will offer you a supportive and therapeutic environment and use CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), and mindfulness to improve your self-image and self-esteem. Through changing our negative interpretations of ourselves and the image we hold of ourselves, we can change how we feel and improve our self-esteem at the same time.

Harley Street Psychology™ Confidence Breakthrough Method

At Harley Street Psychology™, we offer a breakthrough therapy experience where our therapists are trained in the latest CBT, NLP and Mindfulness based therapeutic approaches to boost your self-esteem to new heights.

They will help you:

  • Make sense of the low self-esteem
  • Assist you in understanding the persistent cycles you find yourself in
  • Identify the most empowered ways you can relate to the world and solidify this.
  • Understand any of the underlying causes of your frustration and irritability
  • Illustrate how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours are contributing to the feelings of low self-esteem
  • Improve your self-image, or recreate this if you feel you have lost sight of who you are
  • Boost your assertiveness and general wellbeing

Working collaboratively with your therapist, you will assess your life from every angle, refine your expectations of yourself and others, put into practice daily new patterns of behaviour and thinking to out condition previous “bad habits” and work towards redefining your self image and create the necessary experiences in your life by acting today and not falling into old complacent ways of being.

By Acting Today, You Start Feeling Better Today!!!

We all deserve a sense of inner tranquillity and peace! Call us today and book a session with one of our therapists to tackle your problem of low self-esteem. You don’t have to suffer with this any longer.

Further Reading on Low Self-Esteem:

  • The self esteem workbook. Glenn Schiraldi
  • 10 Days to self-esteem. David Burns
  • 50 mindful steps to self-esteem. Janetti Marotta
  • Healing your emotional self. Beverly Engel

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Eating Disorder Counselling and Psychotherapy for Weight Loss/Body Image

Overcome Your Bulimia and Anorexia Today!

Remove Your Subconscious Blockages Forcing You To Obsess About Food With This New Programme” At Harley Street Psychology

…one 2 hour session maybe all you need to create significant change, removing the misery of your Bulimia and Anorexia Call Now: on 0207 060 5257 for a FREE 30 minute assessment

The two most common forms of eating disorder are Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa. Both have similarities and marked differences. Bulimia is where the individual suffering will binge at various points during the day when their emotional stress increases beyond the point of being able to “cope”. There is a desperation to binge due to the extended periods of restriction prior to the binge. When the desire to purge arises, the misuse of medications, laxatives, alcohol and drugs may be used. Bulimics live with the constant anxiety and fear of putting on weight in addition to the belief that they cannot control the amount of food they eat.

They will begin to exercise excessively and use any form of medication to assist in the prevention of weight gain. Bulimia is particularly dangerous for the individual due to the severe and long lasting physical impact on the body from the constant need to purge. There is a 50% higher chance for bulimics to have a heart attack due to the constant purging. Without the right form of treatment like the one on offer at Harley Street Psychology, there is a greater chance that the negative behaviours and thinking patterns you may be experiencing will be solidified through repetition. Bulimia affects a remarkably large amount of men and women which in turn may lead to the creation of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

Anorexia on the other hand, is the desperate need to restrict the amount of food being taken in. due to the desperate need for controlling one of life’s necessities… Food, Anorexia is high representative of the feelings of being out of control in many of the sufferers. There are numerous behaviours and thinking patterns particular to Anorexia which make this a particularly difficult and in many cases near impossible disorder to cure.

Due to the lack of nourishment, the brain begins to disintegrate leading to memory impairment and an inability to process information making external intervention more difficult. Any “fuel” reserves that the body is holding onto soon become depleted leading to the body turning on itself and devouring muscle content making it that much harder to function even on a physical level. It is essential to get the correct type of help because Anorexia can eventually lead to further distortions in one personality.

What is Eating Disorder Counselling & Psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy WILL help with the psychological causes of problems related with food. Eating disorder counsellors and psychotherapists will help you control issues with comfort eating, pre-occupation with weight, binge-dieting, negative body image and eating disorders such as Bulimia and Anorexia.

Within the United Kingdom, NICE guidelines make the recommendation that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is used as the treatment of choice for Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa. The Recommended amount of sessions for treatment is between 16 – 20 sessions, HOWEVER our research has shown that a 2 hour intensive session using the Harley Street Psychology Method places you in a powerful position to make the choice of maintaining with consistency the new behaviours and thinking that you will establish during your time working with your therapist. So powerful infact that ensuring the continuity using the HSP Method you will never have to see another health professional again.

What are the benefits of eating disorder Counselling and Psychotherapy?

  • Immediately understand the root cause of the eating issues
  • Assess and retrain yourself with new thoughts, feelings and behaviours that break the easting disordered cycle
  • Develop key insights into your self and self image which will break future triggers
  • Adopt new eating behaviours and positive thinking attached to the eating
  • Destroy the critical voice that is in your head for good
  • Introducing new effective behaviours to replace vomiting, laxative abuse, over-exercise, food behaviours and your overall relationship with food.

How do I know if I have an eating disorder?

Some Key Signs:

  • Does controlling food preoccupy your thinking?
  • Have you lost a lot of weight, or using unhealthy means of losing weight?
  • Do you hide food for binging later, or hide food to show others that you have eaten?
  • Do you make excuses to not eat around other people only to feel like you’ve accomplished something positive by “duping” them?
  • Do you have “safe clothes” to maximise or hide your shape?
  • Do you abuse laxatives, made yourself sick or exercise excessively in relation to eating too much or needing to lose weight?
  • Do you feel like you are losing control in life?
  • Have people commented about your weight or eating habits?

Eating Disorder Counselling at Harley Street Psychology™ London

Harley Street Psychology is a renowned clinic for Bulimia Treatment and Anorexia Treatment. The Amalgam of experience and expertise at HSP will provide you a platform not only for the best and most effective treatment available but empower you to get back the life you want. You can book an appointment today for swift bulimia recovery.

Do you feel alone and helpless not knowing where or who to turn to? 

The truth is, there is someone who can help you. We have seen and helped people, from all over the world, even when others have been unable. People just like you, who have tried every option available and have given up all hope of curing Bulimia and Anorexia. We have been central in assisting people to achieve the lives they could only wish for, personally, one on one with countless people just like you.

Harley Street Psychology, founded by Clinical Director Massimo Stocchi has been focused on the last 8 years developing, refining, and fine tuning the proven formula’s for effectively eliminating Bulimia and Anorexia and reveal everything to you in the session you will book with us. Our system makes it fast, quick and easy for anyone to learn how to feel comfortable and confident around food and guilt free, regardless of the period of time you have suffered with your eating disorder.

NOW is the time YOU CAN gain control of your life and your health without drugs or months and years of therapy… achieve your life ambitions without an eating disorder holding you back… and overcome these physical symptoms:

▪       Obsessing over food

▪       Fear of putting on weight

▪       Uncontrollable addictive urges

▪       Comfort eating

▪       Wasting excessive amounts of money on food

▪       Avoiding going out just so you can stay home and binge

▪       Wasting time

▪       Anxiety

▪       Low self esteem

▪       Stress

▪       Depression

Further reading on Body image related concerns and Eating disorders and Counselling/Psychotherapy:

  • Night time Eater, how to manage nigh time eating and binge eating: Don Orwell
  • Eating Disorders For Dummies: Susan Schulherr
  • Eating Disorders Sourcebook: Sandra Judd
  • The Truth about Eating Disorders: Robert Golden, Fred Peterson

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Addiction Counselling and Psychotherapy in London

Are Your Bad Habits Controlling Your Life?

It is a common misconception that addiction is only associated with substance abuse, such as drugs and alcohol. Contrarily, we can become grossly addicted to many other substances and experiences: these include (not mutually exclusive to) Love addiction, Gambling, Sport, Shopping, Internet, Pornography, Sex, Social media (Facebook, twitter, Instagram), Electronics and gadgets, Negative or Risky Behaviours to name a few.

In essence it is important to characterise and understand what we mean by addiction at Harley Street Psychology. When we engage in activities that prompt a surge of chemicals in our body, such as adrenaline and dopamine, these chemicals provide a temporary “high” which causes us to be destabilised within our bodies. Depending on our current circumstances we may be rational enough to know that the event was something enjoyable and have strong enough boundaries to not continually use the “substance” and carry on normally.

The problem arises when the experience with the substance or event has fuelled our life with a different sense/feeling/chemical which is removed from our sometimes stagnant lives. This is where we become open to having our perception changed for the worst. We begin to view the event/experience/substance favourably because of the new feelings it promotes which in-turn manifests into an addiction through our repetitive behaviour. Because we so easily connect with repetitive “bad” behaviour and thinking, we reinforce the new need and dependency on the substance which ultimately causes us to feel that we “need” it and cannot function “without it”.

Regardless of the type of addiction you feel you have, it will take a serious toll on your physical, and psychological wellbeing. If you feel you are in this repetitive cycle and are able to acknowledge to yourself that there is a problem–contact us on 0207 060 5257 immediately!

What is Addiction Counselling, Addiction  Psychotherapy and Psychiatry?

Addiction counsellors can help you identify whether you have an addiction and may suggest a course of counselling sessions to help overcome it.

Therapy for addiction can help you to examine the underlying causes that precipitated the vicious cycle and identify any possible triggers that may lead to a relapse. It can also help you deal with any other psychological issues that may be attached to your addiction such as depression, low self-esteem or anxiety. Finally, it can guide those around you such as family and friends to better understand your addiction and learn how to support you during your recovery.

If your addiction is serious, you may also need to meet with a consultant psychiatrist to diagnose, monitor and treat any mental health issues arising from it, and they can refer you to a rehabilitation centre if a residential stay is recommended.

Breaking the Addiction Cycle – The Harley Street Psychology™ Method

Addictions most commonly are treated with the aid of a 12 step programme that essentially guarantees the success in overcoming the addiction to either drugs, drink, food, sex, love or any other potentially addictive substance or act. The concern here is that there is no pivotal research that indicates the success of such programmes and there have been three primary studies which have researched the efficacy of AA styled programmes, only to find that they are obsolete and have a higher relapse rate than a fully tailored and bespoke psycho-therapeutic intervention.

In lay mans terms, the process of AA style meetings provides a platform for people who are struggling with addictive behaviours to identify with the experiences and stories of “recovering addicts” so that they can gain perspective on their life experience with the aid of the “buddy” programme or “sponsor” to help through difficult periods when they want to give into their addiction.

Historically AA programs have introduced quite an evangelical style to the meetings with the hope that by introducing God or Godly ways into the meetings there can be a displacement of substances for something more spiritually fulfilling.

By no means is this a dismissal of this process and depending on the depth of belief of the person, this may work, however there is not enough evidence to point the substance abuser in the direction of actually learning how to change unhelpful behaviours and understand the need for such behaviours and choices.

Some thoughts to ponder when reaching the point of looking for help:

  1. you will naturally be using the substance to soothe a part of you that needs kindness and love. Possibly both of which you are unable to give yourself, which can translate into an inability to care for yourself.
  2. the substance abuse creates a perfect strategy always available to prevent you from dealing with the core issues in your life and making the necessary choices to adapt and change for the better.
  3. There are constant excuses being used to avoid taking responsibility for your actions and choices
  4. You will often sabotage any form of positive relationship and supplement it once again with the use of substances when things go wrong.
  5. There has to be a desire to change and be dedicated to your growth and have a willingness to look at the core pains you carry.
  6. There has to be a dedication and persistence in finding the root and core issue that is holding you in the repetitive cycle

At Harley Street Psychology™, our psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and psychiatrists work with the full range of addictions, addictive behaviours and thinking.

It takes 21 days biologically to create a new habit, and it takes 90 days of consistency to break a bad habit. This is a rule of thumb largely dependant on your ability to replace bad behaviours and thinking patterns consistently with new and more effective healthy ones. We will assess all the causes and negative thinking and behaving patterns contributing to the addiction. With this added insight and a bespoke plan will allow you once again a sense of freedom to break away from the hold that the addiction has on your life. Each session will focus on helping you gain the crucial self-understanding necessary to disarm the core need for the addiction. You will in essence recalibrate the way you relate to the addiction and the readjust the thinking patterns that keep you tied into the current negative belief system you have.

Accessing Addiction Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry Services at HarleyStreet Psychology™, London

Harley Street Psychology has an extensive network of therapists and inclusive of Specialist Psychiatrists offering addiction treatment.

Call us on 0207 060 5257 for a free consultation so we can acquire a better understanding of how we can help you overcome your struggle with addiction.

Further reading on addiction counselling:

  • Internet Addiction: Laura Perdrew
  • Addiction the brain disease: Dale Carison
  • The Porn Addiction Cure:Paul Stephenson
  • Rewired a new approach to addiction: Erica Spiegelman

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Anxiety Counselling and Psychotherapy in London

Feeling Anxious, Panicky, Fearful or Tense?

Anxiety is more commonly characterised by increased nervousness and feelings of emotional discomfort throughout the body. What may occur at varied times is the inclusion of bodily sweats, increased heart rate, sweaty palms, a sense of loosing consciousness, a sense of dread, worry about consequences and the future, muscle spasms, hyperventilation, forgetfulness and sheer panic.

We have been taught that anxiety is a “fight” or “flight” response, which we associate with something dangerous in our immediate environment which prompts us to either face up to the situation and “fight” or run away “flight”. This is the general attitude towards explaining anxiety. In not so many words, this is not a good enough explanation in how to understand this bodily and mental occurrence which has such great potential to disarm us and make us panic.

Over the years here at Harley Street Psychology we have noticed that will all the clients that present with anxiety, there is a common characteristic which is seldom addressed by many other professionals. This phenomena is the actual reason why anxiety presents itself and takes such a hold on our thinking and bodies.

If you could picture anxiety representing an emotional cap within our bodies. Underneath this anxiety cap is a whole myriad of unprocessed emotions which we avoid.

We choose to avoid emotions because, emotional pain appears to be more unbearable than physical pain which makes us need anxiety even more than our desire for its removal.

We found that there was an unconscious decision made within the body that it would be safer and somewhat easier to deal with one main emotion (anxiety)at a time instead of a whole range of varied emotions equal in intensity. The body and mind collaborate and arrive at a decision  that prompts us to focus primarily on the anxiety.  This response is quite remarkable because the focus on anxiety comes with the knowledge that we will not die from anxiety or a panic attack–even though during a panic attack it may feel like we are having a heart attack.

Anxiety Counselling and CBT – The Harley Street Psychology™ Method

It is essential to remember that the core function of anxiety is to make us stop anything we are doing which may be causing the anxiety to occur. If we see that the anxiety is actually protecting us from any external pain its obvious that it is quite a useful bodily response.

The problem comes in when we have become so reliant on this anxious response used to protect us from the “dangers” of the world and then realise that this dependency is preventing us from living.

It is important to remind you here that anxiety is not an innate experience/emotion. Instead if we look at the source of anxiety being fear, we only have two innate fears in this world: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises–all the rest are learnt behaviours.

With this in mind think about how you have conditioned yourself to believe the anxiety and when you go to the source of the anxiety, all you are is AFRAID. Afraid to live. Afraid to experience. Afraid to fail. Afraid to make mistakes. Afraid to be embarrassed. Afraid to get close to people. Afraid to be hurt. AFRAID AFRAID AFRAID.

This only touches the surface of what is behind the anxiety but yet it is to highlight that if you can relate to any of the descriptions discussed then it is vital that you seek the appropriate help. Anxiety is one of the core difficulties that we work with at Harley Street Psychology and if there is any form of fear in your life then you are obviously not living your life to the extent you could be!

Erase Your Anxiety Today. Don’t Wait a Second Longer!!

Our anxiety counsellors at Harley Street Psychology are all equipped extraordinary training in being able to treat anxiety problems of varied presentations.

The services we offer at Harley Street Psychology London include psychotherapy and counselling for anxiety, CBT-based anxiety therapy and anxiety management programmes.

Give us a call today on 0207 060 5257 to erase you anxiety for good.

Further Reading on Anxiety Management and Counselling

  • The complete CBT guide for anxiety: Lee Brosan
  • The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: John Forsyth
  • The Mindful Way through Anxiety: Susan Orsillo

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