London W1 [Michael Knight]

Based in the West End, close to Selfirdges and Bond St station. 

CAT Psychotherapist and Supervisor, with 20 years experience of providing individual therapy, brief or longer term, addressing a wide range of personal problems. 

Registered member of UKCP  accredited for assessments and as a supervisor. 

Currently restricted availability to commit to ongoing therapy with private clients.  Fully available for one-off consulations, and assessments, often two extended sessions, and concluding with a personal formulation (collaboratively developed) and recommendations/suggestions for personal development,  including for further therapy, whether CAT or other modalities.

There are many examples, in literature and in my own work, where a one or two session assessment has itself yielded benefits sufficient to put aside any urgent need for ongoing  therapy. 

The most important factor in successful therapy is the quality of the relationship between client and therapist.  My foremost concern is therefore to understand, seek to assess for every individual, what will make for an effective, unique therapist-client relationship - one that for each party engages, connects to the other, with both head and heart.  

The starting point in any such assessment must be openness to whatever the client brings, responding with  empathic, non-judgemental containment. Everyone’s life-story is unique, and I will want to hear as much as she or he feels able to tell me, gently challenging if appropriate, and especially about the relationships that have made it what it is. 

The CAT model recognises that, fundamentally, it is relationships themselves that are at the root of our difficulties, and that problematic patterns that afflict us generally stem from early, formative, relationships.   Exploring a client’s experience of attachment, separation and loss - and, often, trauma - is likely to throw light on the causes of anxiety or depression, and to feelings of confused identity, isolation, to mood swings, and to self-damaging behaviours.   Often the very process of starting to talk and be heard may bring up memories where the pain remains acute, unresolved.  Equally she or he may be preoccupied with to-day’s problems and relationship, whether with a partner, family member, or career/work.   Either way CAT’s strengths lie both in its focus and its collaborative approach towards positive change;  and real, lasting, change means a change in how we relate, whether to  ourself (self-belief, self-care), or to those significant to us.  The vehicle enabling such change is the relationship right there, in the therapy room, usually referred to as the therapeutic relationship.  A strucured time-limited CAT is conducive to facilitating that; sometimes a CAT-informed, longer term approach is required.  Either way the crucial moments of change arise in the immediacy, the uniqueness of "now".  And this can happen even in the immedicacy of an assessment.  

Every therapist"s style is enriched by their own personal story, life and career experiences as well as, of course, their professional training and practice.  It may strike chords for some who read this to know that my early career was in the commercial and business sectors, then as an organisational consultant.  As a Samaritan volunteer, then as a therapist, I have been drawn to concern for the human condition at its darkest moments of despair, to those in suicidal crisis, and how best to reach out to them.  In 2002 a colleague and I set up a charity, Maytree, specificly to help those in suicidal crisis.  

Contact 

To explore arranging a consulation or an assessment please contact me by email, phone or text.  Meetings can usually be arranged within a few days, generally a weekday morning (not Fridays).  

Fees are by agreement taking account of circumstances.

Email: mj.knight@blueyonder.co.uk

Phone: 07890337604

 

 

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