Counselling and psychotherapy with a soulful perspective in Hornsey and Crouch End
Hello my name is Kirk (Kamal) Lock and welcome to my website
I run a private practice offering psychotherapeutic counselling in Hornsey, Crouch End, and Highgate, North London. I am a qualified BACP registered counsellor and a UKCP registered psychotherapist in training. I am committed to providing psychotherapeutic counselling in a safe, confidential, compassionate and non-judgemental environment.
This website will give you information about what to expect from psychotherapeutic counselling. The FAQ page will give you information about fees, and how to get started.
Our capacity to be authentic is related to leading a meaningful and fulfilling life. Being authentic allows a sense of well-being unhampered by anxieties that prevent a natural way of expression. The difficult experiences that arise from these anxieties can lead to suffering which is an indication that we are not in tune with ourselves at a deeper level. Working with the suffering enables us to connect more deeply with ourselves offering an opportunity to get a sense of what we need and how we want to be in the world. We might view this as giving expression to what our 'soul' truly yearns for.
My therapeutic approach to counselling is relational which means paying careful attention to what is occurring between the client and myself and responding to this in a way that might offer insight for the client. This also includes a way of working which pays attention to and honours soul. Working in this way which can be called a soulful approach to counselling includes a person's difficulties rather than attempting to remove them or to necessarily resolve them. What might be regarded as symptoms of our suffering might be pointing toward something within the self that perhaps we have forgotten or abandoned. This offers the possibility to become more consciously aware of what is calling for our attention and to integrate parts of the self that perhaps were needed to be 'put away' in order to survive the difficulties at an earlier stage of life and is now yearning for release and expression. Often a feeling that we are not living or being the way we truly want to be in the world can arise as various symptoms such as depression. This can be a difficult experience. However it can be an indication that something is wrong or doesn't feel right to us at a deeper level. Consistent attention to the therapeutic process can offer an opportunity to make sense of the difficulties and a view of what needs to be different. The process of transformation requires insight, connection and integration. It can be gradual and is sometimes challenging. However I offer a safe and confidential space where you can work through the challenges and difficulties with someone to listen and accompany you. For more on relational and soulful counselling visit my approach page.
“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” Thomas Moore.
The quality of the therapeutic relationship contributes greatly to the process of healing past wounds, being seen and heard and having what you say accepted can really make a difference and help to create a shift from limiting ways of being. The therapeutic relationship, with your counsellor, can offer you challenge in a way that will help you to be more connected to yourself. Counselling can help you to risk new ways of being in relationship while being held in the safety of a compassionate space. Old patterns of behaviour can be challenged to allow you to express yourself in a way that feels more natural to you and more authentic.
"I was in a very dark place when I started counselling... I really appreciate all our sessions, they helped me to see things in a different light; it made me understand my life, myself better and moreover, I learned to react to day to day things differently. I became a lot stronger and I am able to handle situations differently."
" I liked the feeling of calm here and I needed that. It really helped me to talk openly and express what I was feeling, I didn't feel judged and that was important"
I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
As a counsellor I have worked with people who have experienced a range of difficulties such as :
Stress and anxiety
Relationship issues with self and others
Loss of life meaning
Bereavement & loss
Childhood related issues
Guilt, shame and envy
Racial identity and the effect of colourism/ shadeism
Bi-racial and culturally mixed identity difficulties
Addiction alcohol and substance misuse
Redundancy and major life changes
Sadness and grief
My North London counselling practice is located at The Campsbourne Hornsey London N8 and within easy reach of Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Highgate, Finsbury Park, Turnpike Lane, Wood Green and North Tottenham. Contact me via the telephone or email link.If you are calling please leave a message and I'll call you back as soon as possible, usually within the same day.
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