30 Brackenbury Rd, London W6 0BA

Est. 1983

Brackenbury Natural Health Clinic

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Justin Dowdall

I offer Couples Counselling, Family Therapy and Individual Therapy.

If you are seeking to improve your relationship with a spouse or partner or within your family group, consider couples counselling or family therapy. I have a decade of experience working with couples and families to improve communications and resolve relationship issues. I also have extensive experience working with individuals, particularly people focused on the mind-body connection or interested in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches.

I received my MFT from the University of San Francisco in the U.S. An MFT is a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy focussing specifically on therapy techniques that benefit couples and family relationships, as well as how individuals are impacted by relationship dynamics. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am certified in emotionally-focused therapy.

Here are some frequently asked questions about couples, family, and individual therapy that may help you decide what approach would work best for you.

What are common reasons people come to couples counselling?

Couples visit me for a lot of different reasons. Some couples want to learn to communicate better. Couples with general communications issues find that they don’t seem to have a lot of constructive dialogue, or conversely, that they keep having the same conversations over and over again. Other couples seek counselling because there are more specific issues to address (e.g. intimacy issues, disagreements about child-rearing, substance abuse, or infidelity.) Whatever the reason, when your relationship consistently seems to be a challenge rather than a source of strength, that’s a good time to consider talking with a couples counsellor.

Why do some families engage in family therapy?

Families see me for several reasons. Many families find themselves trapped in communications patterns that seem unhelpful or even destructive. If you feel like the school run often turns into a meltdowns or if you think that everyone in your family doesn’t seem to connect on some level, family therapy may be right for you. Some families also have a member whose specific issues affect the family dynamic (e.g. school performance, bullying, substance abuse, etc.) My intensive work in schools for over 15 years has given me a first-hand experience with the issues that children and adolescents commonly face. As a trained school-based family counsellor, I can help ensure that therapeutic approaches are integrated in the family and the home. No matter the situation, learning new ways to interact and improving how specific issues are handled can benefit anyone’s family dynamic.

What’s the mind-body connection?

As a lifelong cyclist, I understand that when we feel bad emotionally (e.g. depression, anxiety, life transition issues) this often plays out physically and vice versa. Whenever I see people who want to have a more integrated approach to their physical and emotional lives, we talk a lot about ways of enhancing emotional health through physical being, whether that’s by starting a walking regimen, continuing with yoga, or engaging in any other physical activity (e.g. rowing, golf, etc.) Moreover, I take a holistic approach, looking at all areas of your life, to integrate mind-body thinking into a lifestyle that works for you. I also see individuals who are interested in improving their sports performance, whether they’re amateurs in a sport or those who have professional aspirations.

What you can expect during counselling

When we work together, in our first meeting, we identify the issues that you would like to work on. After that, I work with you to tailor a therapeutic approach that suits your unique needs.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to couples counselling, family therapy, or individual counselling. Some issues are best resolved through cognitive behavioural approaches. Other issues are improved through emotionally-focused therapy. Whether you’re seeking to improve your couple or family relationship or explore individual issues, I work with you to establish which approach will work best given your issues and your relationship history. The time required for therapy varies based on the issues you’re working on, but I will work with you to create a therapeutic plan that meets your needs and helps you build a stronger relationship with yourself and the people around you.

Fees

50-minute couples sessions – £75

50-minute family therapy sessions – £85

50-minute individual therapy sessions – £65

To make an appointment with Justin Dowdall please call the Brackenbury Clinic on 02087419264 or send an enquiry.Send Enquiry

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