Zoe is a fully qualified counsellor with extensive training in the fields of sexual abuse, trauma, art and play therapy.
* Humanistic person-centered therapy
* CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
* Creative therapies
I provide one to one adult therapy via phone or video call during the coronavirus crisis instead of my usual therapy room.
Zoe Hawton


Zoe Hawton is a fully qualified counsellor with extensive additional training in the fields of trauma, art and play therapy and child therapy. She’s experienced in working with people of all genders from all backgrounds and cultures. She also works for major charities and non profit agencies in her specific area of professional interest, which is in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and those who suffer dissociation after trauma (feeling numb, blank or having different experiences) but she also work confidently with all other material.

Zoe is also trained to use empirical diagnostic tools to see how deeply people are impacted by difficult life events. She has additional experience working as a consultant and supervisor.

Zoe is a registered member of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy, The British Association of Art Therapists (associate) and the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation.
The therapy room


Common topics people might bring to talk about in therapy are: abuse, anxiety, bereavement or loss, depression, health-related issues, general mental health worries, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexuality issues, workplace stress, women's issues.

Zoe aims to provide a respectful, confidential and safe environment to begin to talk through any issues that may trouble you.
Transport links to Stratford London W15


Room 148,
Stratford Workshops,
Burford Road,
E15 2SP

The nearest tube is Stratford Station or High Street Stratford (DLR only) which are a short walk away. Stratford's transport links include Docklands Light Railway, overland trains spanning London and Essex, Jubilee and Central Line services. It has good road links making it accessible to London and Essex.
Child portrait of therapist


Counselling means that a counsellor/therapist sees a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having or distress they may be experiencing. It is always at the request of the client themselves as no one can properly be 'sent' for counselling. More details about therapy such as timescales, challenges and our first meeting can be found by clicking through to my .What Counselling Means. page. For answers to common queries I receive, please read the .Frequently Asked Questions. people ask.
Art therapy equipment


The primary goals of the way I work are, understanding difficult past experiences and coming to peace with them, understanding ones own thinking and where it stems from, helping name jumbled emotions such as guilt or anger. Talking things through in a non judgmental way often helps this. An integrated approach allows me to use a tool box of different techniques for us both to examine different situations in a way that feels safe and helpful for you. Person centred means talking directly one to one.

CBT techniques can aid in recognizing and changing unhelpful thought patterns or those coping mechanisms that stem from past experience, as well as helping clients come to terms with traumatic life experiences that feel stuck but that is just one strand of the way I work and is used alongside more conventional talking therapies.

It's ok not to know exactly what troubles you at first – that can be explored. You might not feel that you have a problem at all, you may just want to use the time to explore your life goals and strategies leading to feeling more fulfilled.
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