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The Koan Practice
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Counselling, Psycotherapist, Counsellor, Life Coach, Couples Therapy, Whitechapel
Counselling, Psycotherapist, Counsellor, Life Coach, Couples Therapy, Whitechapel

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More Than A Quick Fix
For a long while those of us who were working as counselors or psychotherapists in the NHS and charitable agencies realised something had gone wrong. Now everybody knows, except Jeremy Hunt! The auditors and accountants had won, and the space for proper clinical counselling, psychotherapy and psychoanalytic work was being constricted.

Everything is now audited – including ‘happiness’ and “growth”. Auditors and accountants wanted to see if counselling & psychotherapy treatments in London were delivering ‘value for money’. What therapy could deliver ‘happiness’ in the quickest time and for the least money? How do you find that out? (How can the government save money on counselling service provision?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) finds that out, by directly asking the patient’s to mark the psychotherapist or counselor's performance, and to comment on whether they feel better. And even better, CBT treatments only take some twelve meetings to implant supportive ‘good ideas’ into the patient’s minds! So, the treatment ends with a “positive” outcome for the patient (maybe for the institution as well). Although CBT can be very helpful to “manage” symptoms in the short term, it struggle to provide clients with a more long lasting solution.

Counselors or psychotherapists using the psychodynamic model would operate differently. Psychodynamic psychotherapists do not think that ‘happiness’ can be audited, and distant from the idea that a good outcome for a counselling is that you are just the same as everybody else!

Whereas the NHS and charitable models increasingly use CBT and deviant variations of psychotherapy-counselling that promotes ‘short-term’ work, The Koan Practice was formed as a space where psychotherapist and counselling clinicians can carry on doing work beyond surface. At Koan, we believe in working with people at a deeper and more sustainable level, empowering clients to achieve a more holistic and enduring solution to the challenges that they face.
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Individual/Couples Therapy, Reduced Cost Therapy, Remote Therapy & Coaching.
Our service is open from 7am to 9pm on weekdays & from 10am to 2pm weekends.
We meet over 200 clients every week.
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Within resources the therapists are free to negotiate the working contract with each client. This means that you can receive an appropriate and commensurate frequency and timing of sessions. Long-term open ended treatments are offered. The therapists have no problem with supporting therapy for as long as each treatment takes to conclude. The duration will not be limited by a set number of sessions or an artificial time boundary. So, unlike the NHS, your needs will take priority over supply of therapeutic time.

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Our therapists are committed to the individual. This means that your psychotherapist is able to offer to see you without having limits on the amount of counselling work that you can do or how often & how long you meet with your therapist. This is what makes therapy with us different from other funded services.

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Information for GP’s and health care providers

If you are making a referral into our counselling services in London, please check and read the information given in the “Make a Counselling Referral” webpage. Please do contact the Referrals Therapist directly should you need to discuss through any difficulties, or should the case present a need for discussion first. If you would like us to visit you to discuss through our London counselling & psychotherapy service, please contact the administrator in the first instance.



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Where we are.

This London association for counselling & psychotherapy is in the triangle between Liverpool Street, Aldgate and Aldgate East underground stations. Our two clinical offices are just yards away from each other in Cobb Street, E1. and have twelve counselling consulting rooms. Underground access by the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and District Lines.

Moorgate or Bank and the Northern Line are some ten minutes walk away. DLR Tower Gateway is again about 10-15 minutes walk away. There are excellent bus connections.

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What we charge.

A particular concern for persons accessing private psychotherapy in London is the cost. Our fees are transparent and published. Because our London therapists charge according to your income, the counselling fee will vary from person to person.

Before you book online, we ask you to declare your income, and the website will calculate and tell you how much your fee will be, so that you can be confident before you go onto make an appointment. This is the only counselling service in London that is this clear and upfront about fees, and we believe that this is fair and informative practice. See the research information here. We run a low-fee scheme fot those earning under £20,000.




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Other paths: “Email Application” asks you for your contact details and when you can attend. The administrator will reply the next day with details of possible counselling appointments. If you have questions about our counselling in Central London or about this group, use the “Email Enquiry” form.

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appointmentAt the heart of the website is the Counselling Online Application software. Our therapist’s diaries for the coming month are published there, and you can book yourself straight into their diaries for an initial counselling consultation. You can choose the therapist that you would like your first meeting with, and book an appointment on a date & time that is good for you.




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Our core is individual long and short term counselling & psychotherapy. But we also offer Couples therapy & CBT therapy and provide relationship counselling London. We meet with over 400 clients every week. The kind of problems that we deal with in private counselling in London are anger & stress, confidence and assertion, sexuality, OCD, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, addiction, & life-decisions. Psychotherapy is at its best with questions about life & love relationships, and feelings of emptiness or lacking purpose.

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