19th December 2014 

tel: 07563 763 329
smiling lesley

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling in Swiss Cottage, NW6

Are you looking for a therapist in North West London?

My name is Lesley MacKinnon and I am a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor. My practice is based in NW6, which is convenient for Hampstead, Kilburn, Brondesbury, Cricklewood, Finchley and Swiss Cottage.


If you are looking for a counsellor / therapist, then it may be because you have been experiencing emotional, personal or relationship difficulties. These might include one or more of the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship problems
  • Bereavement and other losses
  • Lack of confidence
  • Difficulty in expressing feelings
  • Psycho-sexual problems
  • Stress
  • Issues relating to abuse or unhappiness in childhood
  • Loneliness
  • Feeling 'stuck'
  • A sense of meaninglessness
  • Lacking a sense of who you are

    If any of the above sounds like something you have been struggling with, then psychotherapy can help.

    I have a wide experience of working with difficulties of this kind. My professional body is the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling and I am registered with the BPC. These are two of the key counselling and therapy professional bodies within the UK. To read more about my qualifications as a psychotherapist and a counsellor and to know more about the BPC, please click here.


  • What is Counselling?

    Therapy offers you a chance to talk through your problems with a therapist in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential setting. It is an opportunity to express and explore your thoughts and feelings in a deep and reflective way. This brings about self understanding, emotional growth and change.

    The BACP defines counselling as follows "Counselling and Psychotherapy are an umbrella term that covers a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their well being".



    My Approach

    My work as a therapist is based on the psychodynamic model. This has it's roots in the psychoanalytic tradition. To know more about psychodynamic psychotherapy, click here.

    As well as offering an emotionally supportive atmosphere, I work with my clients to identify and understand patterns in their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. This can involve making links between current experiences and also sometimes the past. Some attention is also paid to looking at how unconscious thoughts and feelings may affect how you currently feel and how you relate to others.

    The experience of exploring your thoughts and feelings with another person can relieve a sense that you are alone with your problems. Also, greater self knowledge and understanding can enhance your relationship with yourself and others and improve your sense of choice and self esteem.

    I also use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) counselling techniques when appropriate. To know more about CBT, click here.


    My Practice

    My counselling practice is well served by public transport links to NW6, being a 5-10 minute walk from both Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road tube stations. It is excellently positioned for those who live or work in any of the following areas: West Hampstead, Kilburn, Queens Park, Finchley, St John's Wood, Maida Vale and Camden.


    If you are looking for a counsellor or therapist in the Swiss Cottage NW6 area, please either call me on 07563 763 329, or go to my 'contact me' page to arrange an initial consultation.