Lucy Reid Psychotherapy

Counselling and Psychotherapy

West London, Notting Hill Gate, Kensington & Chelsea

Unlock your full potential through greater self-awareness and self-acceptance

My Therapeutic Approach

I am a trained Integrative Therapist who combines an empathic approach with analytic theory. An Integrative Approach utilises theory and techniques from traditional and modern psychology and is tailored to suit each client's individual needs.

I believe that many of our problems and much of our psychological pain can be alleviated if we seek to understand ourselves and our experiences better. As an experienced psychotherapist, I offer the confidential space and necessary support for clients to embark on their journey towards greater understanding of themselves and their relationships.

I encourage clients to explore the ways in which significant events or relationships in their past may have had a lasting influence on how they engage with their present. I work with clients to help them explore their patterns of relating to others and understand how these affect their own sense of self. I also support clients in exploring how early attachments with their caregivers may have influenced how they perceive their surroundings and function in their relationships.

Increasing our self-awareness can help defuse the potential of emotions to overwhelm us and can serve to explain our actions and reactions to the world and people we encounter. This process of therapy can lead to a broader self-acceptance and greater emotional resilience. It can ground us in a more authentic way of living, improve relationships and help each of us recognise our true potential.

The Human Condition:

My study of Existential Therapy has given me a deep understanding of the loneliness inherent in human existence. As human beings, we are inescapably individual and mortal. Inevitably this awareness gives rise to lonely and anxious feelings that are increasingly ignored in the whirlwind of modern life and the mirage of comfort offered by cyberspace. I believe that therapy can offer a space for authentic human connection in which loneliness can be acknowledged and its purpose philosophically explored.

“Therapy is not a matter of doing something to an individual, or of inducing them to do something about themself. It is instead a matter of freeing them for normal growth and development, of removing obstacles so that they can again move forward.”

― Carl Rogers, founder of Person-Centered Therapy

About Me

  • Individual Integrative Psychotherapist
  • Registered member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • MA Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • PG Cert Couple and individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • BA Princeton University, USA

I am a trained Integrative Therapist working with individual adults and couples ranging in age from teenagers to the elderly. My integrative approach combines an empathic, non-judgmental attitude with relevant analytic theory, drawing from both traditional and modern techniques.

For many years I have worked at a community-based counselling service where I have engaged with a broad range of clients from both rural and urban environments as well as with clients that have international, peripatetic or military lifestyles.

My role as a therapist is that of a fellow explorer, aiding clients in their quest to deepen their self-awareness, judge themself less harshly and broaden their self-assessment. As every individual is unique, I believe that no single approach suits every client. I endeavour to meet each client exactly where they are at when they arrive for therapy and I tailor my integrative approach to that client’s needs.

Over the course of therapy, I will share ideas based on analytic theory that are appropriate to the clients’ experience, which can then serve as useful tools for further understanding. During sessions, I will also reflect back impressions or insights I glean from the client so that they may consider what resonates as insightful or helpful. Seeing oneself through a therapist’s eyes can provide a broader and more benevolent lens through which one can judge oneself less harshly and more comprehensively. Gaining a broader self-acknowledgement can in turn release one's potential to find deeper personal fulfilment.

Issues I Work With

I have experience in dealing with a wide range of issues including:

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Emotional regulation
  • Emotional or physical abuse
  • Family trauma or crises
  • Grief
  • Identity issues
  • Issues arising from ill health
  • Loneliness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Panic attacks
  • Relationship issues
  • Separation and divorce
  • Trauma
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Work related stress

Fees & Availability

I offer both short and long-term therapy either in person or on Zoom. I work Monday-Friday with some early morning and late evening availability on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Sessions are offered on a regular weekly basis with each session lasting 50 minutes.

Fees range from £90 to £120 per session. Fees can vary if sessions are booked for early morning or late evening and if a session is for individual or for couple work.

I operate a 48 hour notice cancellation policy with any shorter cancellation notice incurring full fee for the session.


My office is located at 6 Pembridge Mews W11 3EQ, in Notting Hill, West London which is 5 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between counselling and therapy?

Counselling and therapy are often used interchangeably, but there are some distinctions. Counselling typically focuses on specific issues or transitions in life such as grief, stress management or relationship problems. It tends to be shorter-term and more solution-focused. Therapy, on the other hand, is a broader term that encompasses a range of approaches aimed at addressing psychological issues and promoting overall well-being. Therapy may delve deeper into underlying psychological patterns stemming from the past and may be longer-term, especially in cases of more complex mental health difficulties.

How long does therapy last?

I offer both short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy. Therapy sessions are scheduled at the same time each week and last 50 minutes.

At the start of therapy it’s not necessary to commit to any length of time or number of sessions. The length of therapy varies according to each client’s individual needs. Some clients may choose to finish therapy once they feel their immediate problem or crisis has been resolved while others may choose to work at a deeper level, tackling difficulties or behaviour patterns that have troubled them for some time.

Regular weekly therapy sessions, whether short or long term, offer the possibility of working to bring about long-lasting and profound change.

What happens in the first session?

During the first session, I will briefly explain my integrative approach to therapy and how I work. I will clarify the confidential nature of the work and ask the client for their date of birth, name of their GP and a list of any mood-related medications they may be taking. I will then invite the client to outline, in any way they wish, their reasons for seeking therapy at this time. We can then discuss what they are hoping to gain from the process.

Towards the end of the session, I will summarise my understanding of the issues they are struggling with and will suggest an initial number of sessions.

What to expect if you’re new to therapy

Successful therapy occurs within a unique and trusting relationship that builds between client and therapist. For this therapeutic relationship to develop, it’s necessary for the client to feel they are in a welcoming, safe, confidential and non-judgmental space. At first it may seem daunting and difficult to articulate certain feelings or problems. From the first session onwards, I seek to engage the client in a dialogue of patient and sensitive enquiry through which we can approach challenging or painful subjects. I can then provide the support and help so often needed in the journey towards greater self-awareness and self-confidence.

Do you offer online sessions?

I offer online Zoom sessions and am flexible to work with a combination of in-person and Zoom sessions according to the clients preference each week. Video sessions may form part or the whole of the therapy depending on the client’s location and availability.

I have completed appropriate training in the ethics and practicalities of working with clients in this manner and follow BACP guidelines.

Are sessions confidential?

As a registered practitioner, I adhere to the ethical code of confidentiality enforced by the BACP. This includes the responsibility to manage your information confidentially and in line with GDPR. Anything you share will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. I am registered for data protection with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) registration Number: ZB496878.

Do you offer an introductory session?

I offer a free 20-minute introductory Zoom or phone consultation so that you can get a sense of me as a therapist and you can give me an idea of why you are seeking therapy. I will then be able to determine whether I am in a position to help and can answer any questions you may have about the therapeutic process. If you then choose to proceed with therapy we can book an initial session.

If you would like to schedule a free 20 minute Zoom or phone introductory consultation please email me at or call +44 (0)7572 990 323 and leave a message.

Get in Touch

As a psychotherapist based in Notting Hill, I’m here to assist you on your journey towards healing and self-discovery. I offer a free 20-minute phone or Zoom consultation in which I can answer any questions you may have, and we can discuss your reasons for seeking therapy. This chat will help you determine whether you feel we are a good fit for each other.

Alternatively, you can choose to book an initial therapy session after which you can decide whether you wish to continue with weekly sessions. Therapy sessions last 50 minutes and cost between £90-£120.

Please complete the Contact Form to schedule a free consultation or an initial therapy session.

If you prefer to speak with me directly or leave a phone message before scheduling any consultation, you can call +44 (0)7572 990 323.

I aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours.

“Therapy is a collaborative journey where both therapist and client work together towards greater self-awareness and growth” - Peter Fonagy OBE, FBA

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