Highgate Psychotherapy

Adrienne Baker PhD, BSc, UKCP registered psychotherapist

My professional training is as a psychotherapist, counsellor and family therapist and I have many years of experience, working both with individuals and couples.

Prior to training as a psychotherapist, I worked for many years as a professionally qualified social worker.

I then researched for my PhD which looked at the roles and expectations of women in a traditional culture. My PhD was awarded in 1991 at King’s College, London University.

That same year, 1991, I was appointed as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer and Clinical Tutor at Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling I taught trainees who came from many different backgrounds, and in my teaching I put much emphasis on the context of people’s lives, the family, ethnic background, gender etc., as being very important in understanding the difficulties that they may bring to therapy. On my retirement from Regent’s College in 2007, I was invited to become Honorary Visiting Fellow to the School.

My private practice is at my home in Highgate, North London. It is in a residential street with easy parking. My consulting room is private, with no interruptions and confidentiality is ensured. For further practical information about coming to see me and fees, please see my Contact page.

How do I work?

Mostly I work long term, seeing clients for several months while together we try to unravel the origin of problems and to challenge old assumptions about the self. I also offer short-term counselling and certainly recognise its value where a longer commitment isn’t possible.

Continuing Professional development and Code of Ethics

I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Psychotherapy and Counselling, attending lectures and seminars and having regular clinical supervision.

I abide by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy’s Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct and the Code of Ethics of the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regent’s College.

Areas of special interest

  • People who do well in their work but have difficulty in making close personal relationships
  • People who lack self esteem
  • People who feel cut off from their emotions
  • People who are trying to find meaning in their lives
  • Addictive behaviour and its meaning within intimate relationships
  • Clinical supervision with practising psychotherapists.
‘It’s not what you tell that makes you vulnerable, it’s the secrets you keep.’

Isabel Allende