The Team

Naomi Milton – Principal Psychotherapist

I am a qualified Psychotherapist with a First-class degree in Integrative-Relational Counselling and a Post-graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Oxford. I am registered and accredited by the British Association for Counselling (BACP).

Having gained a degree in Marketing in my early twenties I embarked on a career in a fast-paced, stressful environment that led to an unhealthy work-life balance. It wasn’t until years later that I questioned what I really wanted to do with my life and found the courage to seek counselling. Through therapy, I learned to understand myself more and embarked on Counselling training. From this moved on to founding Hear & Now Therapy which is located at 14-16 Dowgate Hill, London, EC4R 2SU in the City of London.

The approach I use means that I draw on a range of theories to support my work and my belief is that the relationship created between a client and their counsellor plays a significant part in the counselling process.

My aim is to work in a way that will support you in addressing difficult or painful issues from your past and present. Together we can work to provide a basis on which to explore new, different ways of living your life and being in relationships.

My team at Hear & Now Therapy includes Psychodynamic Therapist Julie-anne Edwards and Psychodynamic Therapist Bella Williams.

As a member of the BACP, I am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. More information can be found here.

Qualifications, Training & Experience

BA (Honors) Integrative-Relational Counselling – Middlesex University
PG Cert Psychodynamic Counselling – University of Oxford
MBACP (Accredited member of the BACP since 2013)
Introduction to Couples Therapy – Tavistock and Portman
CALMS Training (Crisis, Aggression, Limitation and Management)
Extensive experience of working as a counsellor in GP surgeries in London

Social Responsibility

Naomi also believes in social responsibility and paying it forward. She makes some reduced cost or free counselling sessions available to those who couldn’t afford counselling otherwise. Please contact her by email in advance if you would like to inquire about getting help with your appointment costs.



Julie-anne Edwards – Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

My Approach

I work with my clients using a psychodynamic model, so we would look at both your past and present experience to understand your current anxieties. The idea of looking into your past might sound daunting but mine is a collaborative approach aimed at working at your pace and level of intensity.  The aim is to achieve either fundamental, long-term shifts or to address specific issues that are holding you back, so that you can live a freer life.

If you are interested in us working together, we would meet for an initial session to decide whether we would like to go forward.  Thereafter, if we agreed, we would work together in either a fixed term or an open-ended way.

About me

I studied at Oxford University and work with clients in London and The Cotswolds (Burford).    I am a member of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA) and as such am governed by their code of ethics and professional conduct.  I work with adults and teenagers, from all walks of life, with all kinds of concerns.  Confidentiality is the cornerstone of my practice.

Experience

I work primarily with private clients but am also a volunteer at the Oxford Women’s Counselling Centre.  I am also part of the counselling team at The Bartholomew School, Eynsham and at Bradfield College, near Theale.   I have also been a volunteer at Bridewell Gardens, a mental health recovery service and served several years as a trustee for them.

I have worked with clients with all kinds of difficulties: Work stress, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, self-harm, relationship issues, grief…and many more.  Please don’t feel that anything you might want to talk to me about is either too trivial or too difficult.  You will always be listened to confidentially and you will not be judged.



Bella Williams – Psychodynamic Therapist

As a psychodynamic therapist, I have worked with a broad range of people and situations. As well as counselling adults in private practice, my experience includes providing therapy to pupils at a primary school in Whitechapel and counselling students of all ages at Middlesex and Oxford universities. I have a postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Oxford and am completing an MSt. dissertation on psychotherapy with the university.

Psychodynamic practice is based on the idea that not everything that motivates us is conscious. The deep unseen roots of our thoughts and feelings mean that we sometimes get stuck in repeating patterns of behaviour which seem unhelpful or damaging. It is my job to work with you to explore this. We might think together about particular issues that concern you or help you gain a greater level of self-understanding. With clearer insight into how we have been affected by the past and how we behave in the present, we might gain greater freedom of choice in how we lead our lives.

I offer short-term therapy, for a fixed number of sessions, and long-term, open-ended therapy. I have experience working with depression, self-harm, abuse, eating disorders, bereavement, and much else. However, therapy is a space for you to discuss whatever you’d like; there needn’t be a specific ‘reason’ for counselling. So if you think it might be useful for you, in whatever way, feel free to get in touch and we could arrange a first session to discuss the best course of therapy for you.