Ian Burton Counselling & Psychotherapy

I am a professional, fully accredited psychotherapist & counsellor.


Through the practise of radical acceptance, with a thoughtful, authentic presence.


Through an empathic process of being with you wherever you are.


Through a dark night or a grey day.

What issues?

I work with people suffering from deep anxiety and fear, or when you feel you can’t cope, or workplace stress.

I work deeply with loss, from grief and bereavement, through early loss or betrayal, to the experience of alone-ness in life, or the loss of direction or purpose.  The loss of confidence, or the feeling of not being good (enough).

I work with that yearning sense that there is something missing, something more to this life, or for those whose life is ending, or dying, or facing change, or crisis.

How will it help?

Therapy often has a positive impact due to the experience of being able to talk freely and extensively, with the sense of being really listened to.

Often we are blind to our own shadow, and therapy helps us to see how we create the situations around us and thus see how to change the situations we repeat over and over.

To face what is unbearable, having a companion on the journey can give the safety and support required to work through pain and crisis.

Working through painful feelings and wounds is an experience that many describe as a release, a letting go, and what often emerges is an experience of hope and a chance to really live.

Developing tools for life, as well as the knowledge that things can change and a sense of our own power are incredibly powerful experiences.

How do I work?

I work with the unconscious, which is that part of ourselves by definition we do not consciously see.  It is the depths of our potential for growth.

If appropriate, we might explore who we are now in the roots of the past, especially our early life.

I work phenomenologically, through the felt sense in the body, being mindful of what emerges as we draw inward.

I work with the creative imagination, using visualisations, dreamwork, and other creative expressions to safely and playfully explore our innermost self.

I am an integrative therapist, so I may suggest approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, or other therapies, from my integration of training in Psychodynamic, Humanist, Existential and Transpersonal methods.


Private & Confidential weekly therapy.

Face to face, or via Skype.

Sessions last 50 minutes.


Paddington (W2)

& Hackney (E5, N16)


£60 for a 50-minute session. Some concessions may be available.

Contact Me

Tel: 07595 303 468


including, but not limited to:




Grief / Bereavement

End of Life

Early loss / betrayal




Difficulty coping

Issues with self-worth

Loss of purpose

Self punishing


Workplace stress


Relationships / Sex / Identity

Living with Aspergers / ASC

Endings / Life changes / Ageing

Sleep / Eating  / Money / OCD issues


Person-centred, Humanistic & Gestalt


Working with the unconscious:



-Drawing / Art / Sandtray

-Creative Imagination




Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (REBT & CBT)

Trauma-work / Mindfulness / DBT /


• UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Accredited and Registered Psychotherapist – Integrative Psychotherapist.

• British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist member (Reg. MBACP).

• Professional Membership – Association for Transpersonal psychology.

• MA in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy.

• Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy.

• BSc and other various professional standards achieved.

• Trustee & Director of HELP Counselling Centre in Notting Hill.

BACP accreditation mark
UKCP Acceditation


6 years of training at CCPE with 900 hours of clinical psychotherapy experience.  Training included a 7-month weekly placement with an NHS Psychiatric team, and working as a crisis counsellor at St. James’ Crisis Counselling drop-in Centre in Piccadilly, as well as other short and long term counselling work at various Counselling centres in London for more than 6 years.

A requirement of my training and of any authentic psychotherapy is to have undergone a personal journey of psychotherapy, and to be able to talk with experience after hundreds of hours of depth psychotherapy.



As well as Accreditation with UKCP, and registered as a member of the BACP, I also have a diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling & Psychotherapy.

2 years of academic and interview based research in psychotherapy resulted in being awarded an MA in Transpersonal Counselling & Psychotherapy from the University of Northampton.

A Director and Trustee of HELP Counselling Centre, one of the foremost counselling centres in London.

Past Life

Day to day responsibility for running a successful business in London for over 20 years.  Worked as Managing Director of a London technology company.

I have had a rewarding role as deputy head of a progressive care home providing support and care for end of life, responsible for 46 clients and over 55 staff.

Travelled and lived in many parts of the world, which has given me a perspective on my own life and other cultures which I believe is helpful in my work as a therapist in London.


Part of being a professional clinical counsellor and psychotherapist is achieving a standard of ability and experience.


I have tried to create a secure and engaging space for counselling & Psychotherapy at my home in Hackney (E5/N16), where I am working 2 days a week. I took a


I am due to go on a training course with Joy Schaverien, the author of ‘Boarding School syndrome’, in order to further develop my work with boarding school survivors, which

Get in touch

To find out more, get in touch to arrange a non-committed, initial session to explore what brings you to therapy. I am a friendly, open therapist.


You can telephone me on: 07595 303 468

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Or you can leave a message here and I will respond as soon as I can.