Counsellor and Psychotherapist
My name is Tony Hannan, I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, working at HQ Therapy Rooms in Hackney, London E8.
My approach to therapy is underpinned by offering a warm non-judgemental place to explore whatever has brought you to therapy, a place to say the un-say-able and think the unthinkable. I aim to work with my clients to help them find the best ways forward, whatever the issue, based on their own lifetime of experience, who they are and what they want.
I attended the Metanoia Institute in West London where I qualified as a person-centered therapist. I worked in the NHS, supporting clients referred by GPs with a broad range of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, work stress, abuse, family relationship issues, bereavement, small trauma, sexuality and identity, issues relating to age and life direction and employment. I am also qualified as a management coach and workplace mediator and have practiced in large national organisations in both those roles.
I have also spent around 12 years working in the addictions field with clients who had a range of issues alongside addiction including obsessive-compulsive disorders, personality disorders, Schizoaffective disorders, psychosis, loss and bereavement and issues relating to homelessness and sex work. It was during this time I acquired a qualification in Motivational Interviewing – an approach designed to help clients and therapists understand the elements of behaviour change. I also trained other practitioners in working with addictions and this led me into training as a profession. In addition to my work as a therapist, I lead a learning and development team for a national youth charity.
Prior to working as a therapist, my background was in theatre and I worked for 10 years as an actor on stage and TV and film. All of these experiences have helped round out my work as a therapist.
First and foremost, research shows that the success of any therapy is based on the relationship between a therapist and a client. For that reason, the first session I offer is an assessment designed to understand the aims for therapy and to give clients an idea of how we might work together. I know that choosing a therapist can be tough, so If you’d like to ask any further questions please do give me a call or drop me an email and we can go from there.