Counselling in Bishopsgate with Roger Mills
Counselling in the City of London and online counselling with Roger Mills
I am a counsellor working near Liverpool St Station in the heart of the City of London. I have been offering counselling for over 20 years, practising as a therapist in London EC2 for over 10 years.
As well as providing face to face sessions I am also an experienced online counsellor and can provide online sessions for clients who are working from home due to the impact of Coronavirus
I have extensive experience of working with the following issues:
Stress and Anxiety
Difficulties with giving presentations and public speaking
Interpersonal difficulties with colleagues and managers
Low mood and depression
Problems in relationships
I use a range of different counselling approaches in my work including CBT, EMDR and psychodynamic counselling techniques. I very much believe that it is important to find the right combination of approaches for each individual client and a key focus of me is tailoring the therapy to meet the precise difficulties that you want to address. For more information about the different approaches that I use please see the Services section on this website.
Coronavirus and online sessions
Clearly these are unprecedented times due to the impact of the coronavirus. The global pandemic is causing many people huge amounts of anxiety. And in addition to that, for many of us, normal work patterns are completely disrupted and we are having to work from home.
I am experienced in providing online counselling and I and my clients find it to be every bit as effective as face to face work. I use a range of online platforms in online work including WhatsApp, Facetime, Zoom and VSee. If you want to find out more about online counselling please don’t hesitate to email me with any queries on [email protected]
Fees and session times
I charge £80 for each 50 minute session.
Sessions can be arranged to take place at the same time every week. Alternatively we can arrange sessions at differing times if that works better for you.
The Coronavirus pandemic is causing huge amounts of anxiety. Many people with loved ones in the most at risk groups are intensely worried about what may happen. People also worry about catching the virus themselves and infecting others – one of the most concerning features of the virus is that it is possible to be infected but have no symptoms so you can’t tell if you, or someone who is physically close to you, has it or not. In this completely unprecedented situation there is, very understandably, huge anxiety about whether the health service will be able to cope with the demands being placed on it.
It doesn’t stop there. The potential economic consequences of Coronavirus are clearly colossal. People will worry about losing jobs and their businesses collapsing; people worry about being able to maintain necessary payments for mortgages and loans; and people worry about fundamentals like the food supply being maintained. Coronavirus has led to an abrupt, dramatic change in the way we lead our lives too. Many of us are now having to work from home. Families with children are having to deal with schools being closed and somehow juggling the demands of work and childminding. And people who live alone, for whom social contact is a vital aspect of life, may be finding the isolation that the virus is causing is having a very damaging effect on how they feel.
So what can we do to help ourselves with the anxiety that Coronavirus is throwing up? Here are some simple but effective ideas:
Change your news consumption
It is very normal to be looking almost obsessively at the news because of the virus. But doing this is very likely to be actually increasing your anxiety levels. Try to ration the amount of news time you give yourself each day, perhaps just looking in the morning and in the evening
Try to build regular, calming activities into each day. Helpful activities include yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Visualising in great detail a place where you have felt extremely calm and happy is very helpful. Going through the senses focusing on what you would see, hear, physical sensations and emotions will give you the most vivid visualisation
Calm yourself with a breathing exercise. Start by breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth as smoothly and calmly as you can. After a few seconds allow yourself to breathe to a rhythm – in to a count of four, out to a count of six. Keep this up for ten minutes and notice its calming effect
Look after your body by eating well, taking regular exercise and getting as much sleep as you need
Try to stay connected with people that you care about. Even if you are having to self-isolate you can always stay in touch by phoning or using facetime virtually be with people that are important to you. This kind of contact can significantly help to reduce our anxiety levels
Distract yourself from thinking obsessively about your anxieties. Negative emotions are always driven by what we are thinking, but if you change your thinking patterns your emotional state can change. Good sources of distraction are computer games, reading, TV and films. But there are many alternatives like creative activities or doing crosswords or jigsaw puzzles. Find the things that help you best to distract yourself and use them regularly
Roger Mills works as a counsellor in offices near Liverpool Street and Bishopsgate in the heart of the City of London. Roger has helped clients with many issues including Stress, Anxiety, Anger, Confidence, Relationship difficulties and Trauma. Roger has been practising as a therapist in EC2 for over 10 years.
As a counsellor working in the Liverpool Street and Bishopsgate area Roger has developed particular expertise in dealing with problems faced by city workers such as stress, anxiety about giving presentations and difficult relationships with colleagues