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Roslyn Byfield
Accredited and Registered Counsellor in Islington

Accredited and Registered Counsellor Roslyn Byfield

Consulting Rooms (by appointment)

72 Holloway Road
Islington
London
N7 8JG

General Availability

  • Weekday Daytimes
  • Weekday Evenings

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Professional Title

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited (MBACP Accred) and Registered Counsellor

Summary

Counselling in Islington, London

  • Individual £60 - 50 minutes
Payment Methods Accepted: Bank Transfer, Cash, Cheque
Languages: English

Issues Covered

  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Bereavement
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Depression
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Sleep Problems
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Stress
  • Substance Dependence


Therapies

  • Counselling
  • Psychodynamic Therapy


Gender

Female

More Detail

Over 5 Years Post-Accreditation Experience

Welcome. I'm Roslyn Byfield. I'm an accredited and registered counsellor - I help individuals with their mental health. I hold private sector experience as a counsellor. My interest includes anger, depression and stress, and the particular problems experienced by men and women.

What to Expect

An initial assessment meeting enables you to discover if you feel comfortable with me, discuss what worries you, ask questions, clarify confidentiality, and determine if therapy could help you. Please use a contact option on the right to arrange an initial assessment session in Islington, London or Waterloo, London.

Counselling

Counselling centres on listening to you, and supporting you. You determine which issue concerning your childhood or adulthood you explore. The aim of counselling is to enable you to speak about a problem and discover a solution which is appropriate for you.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy centres on the unconscious meaning of the issues you encounter. It facilitates you in becoming aware of parts of your internal dynamics. Psychodynamic therapy aims to enhance your self-understanding to give you choices.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) indicates psychodynamic therapy for anorexia nervosa, depression, social anxiety disorder and substance dependence.

Thoughts on Mental Health

If you're worried about someone's mental health, it's important to let them know in confidence that you're there to talk about it if they feel able, besides talking about other things as well, so their problems don't become the only thing you talk about. Unfortunately it's very common for people experiencing mental health difficulties to be told to 'Snap out of it', 'Move on', 'Put it behind you' and so on, but this is not helpful. They need time and space to explore and understand their feelings before it's possible to move forwards, so it's helpful if you avoid such reactions, which can often be indicative of your own discomfort.
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Not doing enough physical activity can negatively impact on your mental health, through compromised physical health and also through how you feel about yourself. Being active can give you a sense of mastery, besides awareness of your body feeling toned rather than sluggish. The important thing is to pick something you like, or which appeals - which could be something you never did at school, such as dancing, walking, yoga or cycling - as this contributes to the likelihood of you sticking to it.
Read More: How regular exercise can help boost your mood
Although it could feel risky, talking about your experience is one of the best ways of tackling stigma, leading to less isolation and also encouraging the people who you're talking to to be more open. For several years my colleagues, and service users with lived experience of mental health difficulties, have run stigma tackling events on key days of the mental health calendar, such as Suicide Prevention Day, Self Care Week, and so on. On Time to Talk Day we will again be in Waterloo station, sharing conversations and information about mental wellbeing. Our stand is always extremely busy, with people wanting information, signposting and advice, especially about psychological therapy. Our strapline is 'Mental wellbeing: it's everyone's business', which takes us back to Time to Talk Day. Start a conversation, though it may feel risky at first, and you'll often find people respond well, leading to two people perhaps feeling less alone than they did.
Read More: Time To Talk Day 2015: Ten things you can do to help combat stigma
Counter-intuitive as it may sound, it can be more helpful to make resolutions throughout the year, rather than as a reaction to the false deadline of midnight on 31 December. While New Year's Resolutions can and do work for some people and in some situations, the fact that the top three (weight loss, exercise and quitting smoking) appear year after year suggests that there's quite a high failure rate. You may be drawn into making them because you've done so in the past or feel swept along by a tide of optimism on New Year's Eve. It's much better to spend some time at the end of the year thinking through how the previous year has gone and how you want to spend the forthcoming one, rather than coming up with the same goals on automatic pilot. The latter kind are built on weaker foundations than if they're thought through in advance.
Read More: New Year 2015: The psychology of New Year's resolutions
Reflect and take some time for understanding and for peaceful and restorative moments, for example through noticing the natural world around you, through mindfulness or meditation practice. You may also want to think about therapy, perhaps to explore and understand things which may be preventing you from finding fulfilment and enjoyment in your life. Connect with friends, family, and even strangers - in a cafe, at the bus stop. It's worth getting over any embarrassment as this reduces feelings of isolation and you could make someone's day. Helping someone every day is helpful in itself, and Mental Health Foundation research on altruism has found that doing good does you good.
Read More: 10 New Year's resolutions to boost your mental wellbeing in 2015
Understanding and acknowledging the significance of difficult thoughts, feelings and patterns of relating can help get to the roots of difficulties and why you may be unconsciously attached to unhelpful reactions and behaviours, for example. This awareness can improve your sense of self and agency, enabling you to make different choices, leading to lasting change. The awareness gained from psychodynamic work can bring valuable insights to previously mystifying thoughts, feelings and behaviours, enabling a sense of relief and autonomy.
Read More: Psychodynamic therapy as a treatment for depression
Stigma and socialisation of men are obviously key contributors [in men not seeking help] but several other factors emerged through research on eating disorder services. At least 10% of those presenting are now men, but many were put off by the treatment they received from their GP - scepticism, failure to notice and diagnose the problem - and discomfort with what they perceived as services aimed at women. This included waiting rooms decorated in pink, women's magazines lying around and so on, which could convey a powerful message of 'this service isn't for you', regardless of what is started in leaflets. A good example [of male-friendly services] is taking services to where men are - the Men's Health Forum has pioneered the Men's MOT, which is publicised in places men go. It's a graduated approach, not requiring men to consciously decide to seek help in a medical setting.
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Clinical Qualifications

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited (MBACP Accred) Counsellor since May 2011 (Registered since December 2012)
  • Master of Science
    Psychodynamic Counselling
    University of London Birkbeck College (UK)
    November 2007

I abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Location Detail


My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Lower Holloway, Highbury, Barnsbury, Holloway, Barnsbury, Angel, Islington, North London, Hoxton, Canonbury, Stoke Newington, Tufnell Park, Kentish Town, Grays Inn, Kings Cross, Camden, Upper Holloway, Finsbury, Archway, Camden Town

Nearest Train Stations

  • Highbury and Islington (0.3 miles)
  • Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (0.5 miles)
  • Drayton Park (0.5 miles)
  • Canonbury (0.7 miles)
  • Essex Road (0.8 miles)
  • Finsbury Park (1 miles)
  • Upper Holloway (1.3 miles)
  • Kentish Town (1.3 miles)
  • King's Cross Thameslink (1.4 miles)
  • London King's Cross (1.4 miles)


Nearest London Underground Tube Stations

  • Holloway Road (0.3 miles)
  • Highbury & Islington (0.3 miles)
  • Caledonian Road (0.5 miles)
  • Arsenal (0.7 miles)
  • Finsbury Park (1 miles)


Wheelchair access: No

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Updated 20 December 2015