Devang Vaidya Counselling and Psychotherapy
in Highbury and Islington, London

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Individual and Relationship Psychotherapist and Counsellor, and Clinical Supervisor based in Highbury & Islington, North London. UKCP (Regd.), MBACP (Regd. Accred.)

The mass of men leads lives of quiet desperation - Henry David Thoreau

Loneliness is a sign that you're in desperate need of yourself - rupi kaur

You must go on. I can't go on. I'll go on. - Samuel Beckett

Welcome to my therapy website

I am an experienced and accredited therapist, and I work on an ongoing or a time-limited basis with individuals and couples. I have a quiet, comfortable space for my practice which is situated in Highbury & Islington (North London, N5). I have worked for over 18 years during which I have seen people from all walks of life having different occupations, lifestyles, and cultural backgrounds.

Click here to find my counselling practice in Highbury & Islington.

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My approach: I see my work as building with you a deeper understanding of your situation, how you are affected by it, and how you might overcome the difficulties within it. For this, I provide a secure and trustworthy place for you to talk honestly about yourself without fear of judgement, freely express your feelings without holding back, and be deeply understood by someone who is mature, competent, experienced, genuine and impartial - someone who will not merely agree or disagree with you because of their own prejudices or vested interests. Quite often this is difficult to ask of partners, family members, colleagues, and friends. An experienced therapist will avoid the usual pitfalls of social discourse and commit to remaining unbiased and holding clear boundaries. It is also important that the work is allowed to progress at the pace that you set.

If you are new to therapy you might find some useful guidelines here

Letting go of illusions is the first step to be free from constant disillusionment with life. It is also the last step, perhaps the only step.

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My principles of practice: Therapy works best in an atmosphere in which you can feel yourself being understood in a way that leads to a profound change in your own understanding of yourself. For this reason, I aim to hold the following principles of practice at all times:

- Confidentiality and trust-worthiness
- Empathic listening
- Non-judgemental understanding
- Genuineness and reliability
- Facilitative dialogue and clear expression
- Secure professional boundaries

When happiness ceases, when crisis comes, freedom must press forward, not retreat - Søren Kierkegaard

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Location Click here for a map of my North London counselling & psychotherapy practice which is based in Highbury and Islington (N5). It is less than 15 minutes walking distance from Highbury & Islington, Canonbury, Arsenal, Drayton Park, and Finsbury Park stations. Several buses (4, 19, 30, 106, 141, 236, 341, 393) come within a few minutes' walk from where I work. There are several friendly cafes as well as clean, safe public parks close by.

Fees: My fee per 50-minute session for individuals is £90, and per 75-minute session for individuals or couples is £135. This is based on a secure agreement to meet weekly at a time reserved for you throughout the duration of therapy. Terms of engagement are agreed upon at the initial session and clarified as necessary. (Clinical supervision for practising therapists on the same basis.)

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What next? Having been in long-term therapy myself, I understand how critical it is to find a therapist you can trust and feel secure enough to work with. The relationship between therapist and client is deeply personal and held within a respectful professional boundary. A sense of mutual regard is key to fruitfulness in therapy. I offer a free 30-minute initial consultation, either on the phone or in-person to see if we could work together. We also go through the terms of engagement. You can either ring me or email me to arrange this appointment. To read more about me, click here. To see how you might benefit from therapy, click here.

The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less. - Vaclav Havel

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