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Relationship Issues

While they can be a great source of love, enjoyment and support, at some point in our lives we all experience difficulties in our personal relationships. Misunderstandings and disagreements can escalate into persistent feelings of tension and discontentment.

Modern relationship counselling in no way seeks to place blame or pin a cause for problems upon any one person or group. The emphasis rather is on identifying the negative cycle particular to your relationship, which is often a bidirectional pattern of action and reaction.

Counselling for Relationship Problems
Article

Our close relationships can bring us much joy and fulfilment. However, at some point we will all experience difficulties in our interactions with family, friends, or lovers. Relationship counselling provides a safe space in which to work through difficulties together.

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Intimate like porcupines
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Elizabeth Gilbert-author of Eat, Pray, Love-talks about Schopenhauer's theory about intimacy and relationships and why people are like porcupines. Relationship counselling provides a safe space in which to work through difficulties together.

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Love springs eternal ~ Long lasting relationships
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Some relationships last a lifetime, where others are intense but short-lived. Psychology research is revealing the types of love unique to each kind of union, and the elements that may re-ignite a fading spark of attraction.

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Are the smiley more lucky in love?
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It has long been known that people's varying levels of emotionality lead to different responses in behaviour, but a group of psychologists in America have found an intriguing relationship between smile intensity in yearbook photos and subsequent marital harmony.

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RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLORS AT THE HOUSE

Dr Nimisha Patel
Chartered Psychologist

Nimisha completed her doctoral training at City University London. She is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist who alongside her private practice works at an outpatient eating disorders service at South London and Maudsley hospital. She has a particular interest in eating disorders and addictions.

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Dr Aisling Buckley
Chartered Psychologist

Aisling is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who specialises in treating anxiety, depression and trauma. She completed her Doctoral Degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has worked in the NHS for a number of years across different clinical specialties including sexual dysfunction, survivors of abuse and personality disorder.

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Sara Boulter
Chartered Psychologist

Sara is a consultant clinical psychologist who completed her clinical training in 1995 at the University of Western Cape in South Africa before building a successful private practice in Cape Town. Since coming to London, Sara has gained extensive experience working in the NHS and she has particular expertise in substance misuse and secure services.

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Dr Stephen Higgins
Chartered Psychologist

Steve completed his doctoral training at the University of East London. He is a chartered psychologist with wide NHS experience working across mental and physical health services. He has particular expertise in providing support for people who present with anxiety disorders, depression, relationship difficulties, chronic fatigue and trauma.

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Dr Gill Deane
Chartered Psychologist

Gill qualified as a psychologist in South Africa and underwent further training in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute. Since chartership in 2001, she has held senior positions in the public, private and charity sectors. Gill works across all presentations of depressive and anxiety conditions, and has particular expertise in eating disorders and sports’ psychology.

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Dr Lucy Mabbott
Chartered Psychologist

Lucy completed her doctoral training at Roehampton University with further training in CBT at the Institute of Psychiatry and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy at the Anna Freud Centre. She is a Chartered Psychologist who alongside her private work practices in a Perinatal Mental Health Team in West London. She has particular expertise in depression and anxiety.

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James Álvarez PhD
Chartered Psychologist

Jim completed his doctoral training at New York’s Columbia University and has extensive experience in delivering evidence-based psychological services to a wide range of individuals. A published author, he is also a registered Occupational Psychologist and has successfully led several corporate change projects, delivering benefits to thousands of employees.

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Dr Erin Miller
Chartered Psychologist

Erin completed her professional doctorate at City University London, later to be invited back as a lecturer and supervisor on the same course. Now concentrating on private practice, Erin has considerable experience in the public sector, as an NHS psychologist and within a number of national charities.

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Dr David Gracey
Chartered Psychologist

Alongside his private work, David has worked in the NHS for over 10 years, with various groups including families and older adults. As a researcher he has published in numerous academic journals. He is a chartered psychologist who completed his doctorate at the Institute of Psychiatry.

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Hayley Melin
Chartered Psychologist

Alongside her private work, Hayley manages The House Partnership and City Addictions. She also has considerable experience as a psychologist in two NHS trusts. Together with her work in general adult mental health, she has particular specialisms in addictions and issues with food.

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Dr Lou Monaco
Chartered Psychologist

Lou, who can offer sessions only via Skype at the moment, is a chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society who trained and worked in the US before moving to London in 2009. He was appointed Adjunct Professor at City University, New York, and has continued teaching in the UK as a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

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Dr Helen Mann
Chartered Psychologist

Helen completed her doctoral training at Christchurch Canterbury University. A chartered psychologist with extensive NHS experience as lead psychologist at the East London NHS Trust. Helen has also held various research and teaching roles, and pursues a keen interest in the arts.

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Silvia Miranda CPsychol
Chartered Psychologist

Silvia completed her training at the Institute of Psychiatry and City University. She is a chartered psychologist who alongside her private work, practices in NHS primary care at London's Maudsley Hospital, and at GP surgeries. She has particular expertise in trauma and eating disorders.

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Dr Simon Whalley
Chartered Psychologist

Simon completed his doctoral research at Regent's College in London where he currently lectures. He has worked in adult mental health within the NHS and a number of community organisations. He has particular expertise with social anxiety, panic and addictions.

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