Welcome to N20 Counselling. My name is David Levy and on this website you’ll find details about what counselling is and what it’s for, the types of counselling I offer, and my style of working.
Please read the introduction below and have a browse around the website. In addition to the details about me and my practice, you’ll find a glossary of useful terms, and a ‘resources’ page which includes a number of free-to-download forms and tools.
The underlying principle of the kind of counselling I practice is that by having the freedom to discuss our feelings in a confidential, non-judgemental space, we gain understanding of our place in them and their roots, and this can lead to lasting change.
Counselling can help with depression, stress, anxiety, relationship or workplace issues, addiction, bereavement, or feelings of isolation or loneliness, personality disorder, and many other conditions. One of the great misunderstandings about talking therapy is that you somehow have to ‘qualify’ for it, or that it is only for those who are unwell. This is simply untrue – the benefits of having a conversation with a third-party person in a non-judgemental environment is as applicable for those who chose to come as for those that feel compelled to.
I have been the fortunate beneficiary of good counselling myself, and know there is a marked difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ counsellors, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ways of working, and the feelings of hopelessness, inevitability, or going through the motions that often go with seeking help with mental health. My journey to this profession came in the wake of my own positive experience and a thought of “well if helped me, it can help anyone”, and I firmly believe in the effectiveness of talking therapy when there is a successful partnership between counsellor and client.
I endeavour to work in a way which does not pathologise any protected characteristic such as sexuality, race, religion, disability, or gender identity or expression.
After an initial assessment, I offer clients short-term or ongoing weekly counselling sessions either online or from my peaceful garden office in Whetstone, N20. I passionately believe that financial means should be no barrier to seeking help, and some low-cost options are available to eligible clients.
Please feel free to explore the website and offer feedback, constructive or otherwise. The nature of my role means I am constantly looking for ways to be more inclusive and to ensure I service that inclusivity with the appropriate terminology and accessibility options. If you feel you have not been represented on this site, please feel free to contact me via email, call, text or WhatsApp.
Having been diagnosed with ADHD myself in 2021, I now lead monthly support groups for the charity ADHD UK. Details on the next group, held on the first Thursday of each month from 7-8.30pm via Zoom, can be found on this website. Groups are open to anyone but must be pre-booked.
David Levy MBACP