The challenges that we can sometimes face in our lives can leave us wondering ‘What do I do’, ‘Why do I feel this way’, ‘What is my purpose’, ‘What now’?
Having a regular space and time where you can express thoughts, bring questions, look into parts of your life you want to explore, all with someone that is impartial and without pressure to be a certain way.
That is what coming to therapy is.
A time that is yours, where you can say what you think and feel and where there will be no judgment, but where you can challenge yourself and think through whatever it is you need to explore.
Therapy with George Teare
I am experienced working with issues such as anxiety, depression, anger management, trauma, confidence and self-esteem, relationship issues, eating-related issues, existential issues, male stereotyping, body image issues, and work with people from all communities and backgrounds. I also feel passionately about the role of shame and how the effects of this can impact our development, confidence and self-esteem.
I work with adult individuals, couples and those struggling in relationships and enjoy working with the wide variety of personalities and challenges that people face.
Although not limited to, here are some themes in therapy I feel passionately for.
Working with men in therapy:
boys don’t cry”, “man-up”, “be hard”
Are you familiar with any of these cultural messages on how behave as a man? Or perhaps it is easier to show feelings of anger than to express sadness or share vulnerability? Perhaps you have a great social group but there is something missing at a deeper emotional level? Or maybe you feel burdened to act a certain way in order to feel accepted?
I have experience working in a variety of environments working with men such as groups and individual therapy. I want to work with you to better understand your experience of what is to be a man and what this means to you.
Our society and culture can make it more difficult for men to seek support during difficult times. Men can experience the same emotional challenges as women such as anxiety, depression and stress, yet women are far more likely to seek support when experiencing life’s difficulties.
Due to social conditioning, women are known to be able to discuss emotions without taboo and tend to have a support network where they can share their vulnerability and vitally, not suffer in isolation.
Evidence shows anxiety and depression symptoms are more likely to develop when someone is socially isolated and with men, the risk through societal messages compounds the likelihood of this to happen.
A tragic statistic shows that suicide remains the largest cause of death for males under 41 in the UK. I feel passionately about working with men in therapy who have suffered in silence or experienced challenges where an impartial ear can help by offering a non-judgmental space where issues can be explored safely.
Therapy can offer a new experience of relationship that perhaps you may have not had with your peers and can assist you with difficulties you may be experiencing.
With growing awareness of men’s mental health and therapy becoming less taboo in the UK, evidence shows the number of men entering therapy is rising. I would encourage any man who is struggling psychologically to seek support before an issue gathers momentum into something larger that may feel unmanageable.
Working with gender, sexuality and the LGBTQIA+ community:
- Are you confused or have questions around your sexuality or gender identity?
- Have you experienced shame due to your identity?
- Do you feel unsure of where you belong or feel alone?
- Due to gender or sexuality, you may have experienced trauma or carry shame related issues that impact the relationship with yourself and others.
- Or maybe you simply have questions about yourself that you want to explore with someone who won’t cast judgment.
I have worked with women, men and non-binary individuals and those from the LGBTQIA+ community or people questioning their identity.
I am interested in the role of cultural oppression that you may have felt from family or social context where you have felt outcast or made to feel different. If you are from the LGBTQIA+ community you are perhaps familiar with such oppression where struggling with feelings of alienation is more likely. Increased levels of anxiety and depression have been reported from the community and evidence shows there are higher rates of seeking therapy than their non-LGBTQIA+ counterparts.
Whatever your gender, sexual orientation or questions you may have, I will meet you with empathy in a safe and supportive environment where at your pace we can make sense of what you want to explore and develop more self-understanding of your experiences.
Working with boarding school experiences and trauma
I would like to hear about your experiences of boarding school and the challenges you have faced.
It is a common notion that going to boarding school is for the privileged. On the surface this may be the case when looking at a section of society affording high school fees. However, the psychological impact on the child can also come at a high cost, carrying deep emotional wounds that live on into adulthood.
Both men and women can feel the negative impact of boarding. Having attended boarding school myself, I feel passionately working with those who may have struggled with boarding and who may have experienced the wide-ranging difficulties that can arise.
A growing awareness of trauma from those attending boarding schools shows how psychological wounds can remain long after their school days. Symptoms such as depression, anxiety, isolation, relationship issues, attachment issues, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) are just some of the well-known issues that can be felt in later life from boarding.
Feelings of isolation and abandonment are commonly felt when separated from our caregivers. Also known as homesickness, the depths and impact this has can be moderate to severe and arises from being cut-off from our home environment. Fundamentally, the pain felt relates to feelings of loss similar to a bereavement and may lead to feelings of fear and rejection that can serve a template that lives on, causing challenges in adulthood relationships.
Or perhaps you have experienced intense feelings of shame or have experienced bullying in an environment at school where you felt unable to speak-up or gain support.
Whatever it may be from your times at boarding school, I welcome the variety of issues that can arise from your experiences that you seek support with.
I am registered with BACP as a qualified Transactional Analysis counsellor. I have undergone a rigorous psychotherapy training in London ensuring I work to high ethical standards with insight and efficiency.
I previously worked within the broadcast industry since 2007 and wanted a career change where I could work closely with people and their psychology. Through my own experiences of personal development and therapy it only felt natural to embark on a career where I can assist others with their growth and development.
Since 2018 I have worked work with adults and couples in private practice based in London and at a variety of therapy placements across the city such as MCPS (Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service), Help Counselling and Headstrong Counselling. I am also the in-house counsellor at a residence and institution for men who have been recently homeless, were seafarers, veterans of war, or are economically disadvantaged.
The majority of my work is with my private practice in London and I also work on a consultancy basis for charities and businesses offering therapy.
Areas I work with:
- Anger & conflict
- Bereavement, & loss
- Boarding school experiences & trauma
- Career problems & changes
- Existential crisis
- Gender & sexuality
- Health-related issues
- Living with disability
- Stress & overwhelm
Training and modalities:
My specialist training is in Transactional Analysis.
What is TA? I love TA since I find it a powerful theory of psychology with helpful tools on how we relate to the world around us and our place within it. It can be used to understand human behaviour by looking inwardly at ourself or externally to understand the behaviour of others.
Its roots are founded in psychoanalytic concepts and establishes an individual’s social interactions by analysing three ego states of Parent (behaviour copied from others), Adult (here-and-now) and Child (feelings and beliefs from past experiences).
TA concepts are very useful breaking down the psyche into a structure, understand unconscious processes and how they influence the here-and-now (Adult ego state).
Within the training were psychoanalytic and psychodynamic concepts, Attachment Theory (John Bowlby), person-centred theory and neuroscience. These all assist us to understand unconscious process and how the past may be impacting your present. Developing awareness of this dynamic is integral to the therapy I offer that utilises growth and change.
I also work integratively and combine different methods of psychology that I am passionate about such as Jungian analysis where I may use symbolism and work with dreams or visualisation. I am also interested in a holistic approach that takes into consideration the mind-body connection and the impacts of diet and exercise on physical and mental health.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Qualified Counsellor in Transactional Analysis (level 6)
- Working towards full Transactional Analysis psychotherapy status (level 7)
- Emerging from Emergency – Trauma training (with Jonathan Lake)
- Relationships Training (with Jonathan Lake)
- Introduction to Counselling Skills – The Minster Centre
Contact me in confidence on:
Individual sessions are £80 for a 50-minute session. Fees are assessed on certain circumstances and I have a finite amount of spaces for lower cost.
Couples therapy sessions are £80 for a 50-minute session.
Psychotherapy sessions at Barnsbury Therapy Space:
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