Pauline Drizen Counselling

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Counsellor and CBT Therapist in Edgware

Counsellor and CBT Therapist in North West London, Edgware, Middlesex . Near to Stanmore, Radlett, Borehamwood ,Bushey, Hendon, Mill Hill, Harrow.

REASONABLE FEES: For counselling and CBT.

INITIAL CONSULTATION offered with no obligation.

Telephone sessions are available as well as face to face.


REASONABLE FEES: 30 - 45 for counselling according to income and financial circumstances.

FEES for CBT 45-50
The above fees are for self referring clients.


My name is Pauline Drizen and I am a very experienced qualified counsellor in London.
I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor and CBT Therapist .

I believe that is very important to be a warm , empathetic, and non-judgemental therapist so that clients feel comfortable and safe in a caring and confidential environment.

I became a counsellor after I had bereavement counselling following my father's death from cancer. I found this counselling very helpful and supportive and I wanted to help other people to ensure that they too could benefit from counselling. I believe that we have inherent personal resources to cope with life's demands and issues but sometimes we need extra support.We are all individuals with our own different personalities and issues.

At the moment, due to the current economic difficulties, we are living in stressful times which causes anxieties about work, finances and relationships. I specialize in counselling in these areas including: work stress, redundancy,career counselling exploring ideas about new careers and retraining, financial problems, trauma including Road Traffic Anxiety and trauma from personal injuries,sexual abuse and assault , anxiety, depression , anger management, relationship and couple counselling. Also, working with asylum seekers.

Counselling can be a tremendous help if you have problems. You can benefit from talking through and exploring your thoughts and feelings. This “talking therapy” can help you to offload your burdens and problems. Most people experience emotional difficulties at some point in their lives which can be resolved without professional help. However, some difficulties cannot easily be resolved and seeing a suitably qualified therapist can be very useful during these periods.


I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor MBACP (Accred).I am on the BACP Registration list. I am also a UKRCP Independent Registered Counsellor and also I have a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.I am a BABCP Accredited CBT therapist.I have the BABCP Full Accreditation.Also I have a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT at MSc Level, a Post Qualifying Certificate in CBT and a BSc Honours degree. Also, I have a Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and a Certificate in Supervision. I am an EMDR Practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing - a useful treatment for a range of problems including Trauma) EMDR Parts 1,2 and 3.

I use CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) to help with coping strategies in anxiety, depression,anger, panic attacks, OCD, phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders(PTSD)(particularly for road traffic accidents) and eating disorders.
I abide by the Code of Conduct and Ethics of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Other areas that I am very experienced in are couple counselling , relationship counselling and domestic violence. Also,I do counselling for clients with addictions like alcohol, smoking and drugs,gambling,pornography and retail therapy as well as many addictions from the internet . Eating disorders are another major area of my work including binge eating,anorexia and bilumia.

My specialization is also in bereavement, sexual issues, work related problems and autism. Areas of autism which I cover are Asperger's syndrome and ADHD and ADD.

I work currently in EAPs (Employee Assistance programmes) as a counsellor/CBT therapist/ EMDR therapist with workplace issues- ,trauma,bullying and harassment, stress,redundancy, personal issues including couple counselling,insomnia, bereavement,anxiety , depression and relationships. Rehabilitation - to empower employees to return to work is a major part of this work.

Another important area of my work is medical legal work including road accidents , personal injuries and workplace injuries and I work with insurance companies, psychological services and solicitors.

As well as working in my private practice, I work as a counsellor in a GPs practice. I trained and worked at Highgate Counselling Centre, which over a long period of time, gave me the opportunity of working with clients of all ages with different issues. Also, I worked at Age Concern with the elderly and Barnet Carers. Also, I worked as an assessor at Mind in Camden .
I worked at BACS (Brent Alcohol Counselling Service) as a counsellor and a supervisor, helping clients with alcohol dependency reduce their drinking and try eventually to abstain from drinking alcohol.I also work with clients with drug problems ,both adults and adolescents and help them to face their problems in to order reduce and finally abstain from taking drugs. I have worked as a facilitator running support groups for victims of Domestic Violence.
Also,I work as an affiliated counsellor for EAPs (Employee Assisted Programmes) for different organizations and businesses dealing with issues in the work place like stress management,critical incident debriefing, bullying, work phobia,redundancy and career counselling.Also, I work with traumas including road traffic accidents, rape, domestic violence and bereavements.
I worked as a facilitator in Domestic Violence groups for Harrow PCT and for a carer's group for substance abuse at BACS . I am also a supervisor of other counsellors.

There are a variety of areas that I am experienced at treating. These include:

  • stress
  • relationships
  • adoption
  • couple counselling
  • divorce
  • anger
  • anxiety and phobias
  • panic attacks
  • depression
  • post-natal depression
  • mental health problems
  • bereavement
  • abuse
  • low self-esteem
  • eating disorders
  • self harm
  • addictions-alcoholism, drugs
  • sexual problems
  • weight problems and body image
  • infertility
  • bullying, harassment and stress in the workplace
  • retirement
  • redundancy
  • autism and Asperger's
  • accident and personal injury
  • cancer
  • chronic pain
  • family therapy
  • adolescents
    If you decide that counselling is for you, we can meet to discuss this. The standard procedure is to meet once a week for therapy in Edgware at the same time. Some clients decide that they would like to meet twice a week.
    Each session lasts for 50 minutes and appointments can be made most weekdays and some evenings.
    How long counselling lasts depends on many variables. However, we can agree to certain goals and regularly review progress.
    Short term counselling lasts 6 to 12 sessions or long term counselling for an extended period of time.

    Your particular difficulties and needs provide the focus for the Initial Consultation. This session will help you to explore your immediate concerns and if counselling or CBT can be of help to you. At all times personal information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence. Ongoing session times are 50 minutes long.
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