Naomi Magnus is an Existential Psychotherapist with extensive experience working with adults, young people and couples.
Naomi is passionate about offering talking therapy that helps you to reflect on your whole experience of life and living. While you may access psychotherapy at one point in your life for a particular issue, Naomi believes that working beyond that particular issue in a more holistic way is where the longer-term change takes place.
Naomi has over 10 years of experience working with a wide range of issues such as; anxiety, fear, OCD, panic attacks, depression, self-esteem, relationship problems, identity and gender, life changes, meaning, grief, sexuality, trauma and abuse.
Naomi conducted her qualifying research on motherhood and has a particular interest in working with mothers, fathers and parenting couples negotiating all aspects of the parenting journey from conception, through pregnancy and beyond.
Naomi also has extensive experience offering individual and relationship psychotherapy for clients with gender, sexuality or relationship diversities. She offers an approachable, friendly and informal space for clients to come and explore whatever they feel necessary.
“I am non-judgemental, open and empathic and believe these qualities make me an effective and desirable counsellor and psychotherapist. I aim to provide a personable space where clients feel like we are collaborating and working together on their issues and concerns. I value humour and informality in making therapy an enjoyable and pleasurable experience for both me and my clients. Psychotherapy is talking therapy that gives you the chance to explore yourself and your relationships. Through talking with me I aim to safely guide you to reflect on deep-seated patterns in your thoughts and feelings, the goal of the work is to move towards a place of acceptance and healing.”
Good talking therapy rests on the quality of the relationship you have with your therapist. Research has shown that regardless of the type of therapy a person receives, how they feel in the relationship with their therapist determines how successful the therapy is. With this in mind, I offer a personable and warm approach to psychotherapy where we work on what you bring together and in partnership. I value the human closeness that humour and informality bring to the therapeutic relationship and believe that true healing takes place through that type of connection.
How I work
My practice is best described as existential-phenomenological psychotherapy. Existential psychotherapy is a non-directive form of therapy. This means that I believe you are the expert, I do not claim to have any answers that you cannot find yourself, however, it can be helpful to be supported in finding these answers and this is where therapy plays a part. As an existential psychotherapist, I believe that enabling you to gain increased awareness of yourself and the implications of the choices you make, will lead you to live in a more meaningful and fulfilled way, and this is a main goal of therapy. The work is always collaborative, with me acting as a guide for you to explore what you choose.
I’m a BACP and UKCP registered psychotherapist and hold a Professional Masters’s (MProf) in psychotherapy.
I have experience working as a therapist with a wide range of issues and in a variety of settings including the NHS and a women’s domestic abuse counselling service. I’ve lived overseas and travelled extensively, working with non-profit communities and human rights organisations.