About Achieving Balance

Achieving Balance is a Therapy Practice based in London. Having worked in talking therapies since 2003, I offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy for a wide range of issues to individuals, couples and families from all kinds of backgrounds and from every age group. I offer a flexible approach to your therapy, including a range of services, therapies and options.

London Therapist, Martin Cox Msc.

London Therapist Martin Cox in a counselling sessionAfter 20 years in the financial sector, I finally found my passion in life when I began work as a relationship counsellor in Relate in 2003. Since then, I have trained in systemic therapy, broadening my work into helping families, children and young people, both in Relate and as a project manager in The Place2Be, a schools-based project offering counselling to children, as well as offering support and guidance to parents and teaching staff and supervision to a team of counsellors.

I have also undertaken substantial training in Hypnotherapy and NLP (awarded two diplomas including the industry benchmark HPD), Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These latter qualifications have led me to work as a High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in the NHS.

I have now brought this wealth of experience into my private practice. In order to ensure the highest possible standards of service, I regularly undertake continuous professional development to keep my skills up to date, and I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) who undertakes regular clinical supervision of my work. Similarly, in relation to my Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I am an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I am also a registered hypnotherapist in the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). (Please note: The Department of Health recommends that, where CNHC registers the professional discipline in question (e.g. hypnotherapy), you consult with someone who is CNHC registered.)

I have recently put a hold on my NHS role to focus my attention full-time on my private practice. In my spare time, I am found enjoying sports (although this is all too often from the comfort of an armchair) and reading therapy books and research for fun (!). I live with my wife, two teenage children, our dog named Harley, and a very elderly goldfish (whose name escapes me).

  • Training

    Counselling and Psychotherapy (integrative/ sytemic)
    Relationship/couples therapy (integrative/ systemic)
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RECBT)
    Hypnotherapy (therapy using hypnosis)

  • Qualifications

    MSc. in Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Goldsmiths – University of London)
    Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Royal Holloway – University of London)
    Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice (KCCF/ University of Bedfordshire)
    Certificate in Marital and Relationship Therapy (Relate)
    Diploma in Therapeutic Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (N-SHAP)
    Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (NCH/NCEF) – considered to be the industry benchmark

  • Experience

    Relate counsellor for individuals, couples and families
    School counselling project manager and clinical supervisor for Place2Be
    NHS High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT)
    Private counsellor, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and CBT therapist

  • Accreditations

    Registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
    Accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
    Registered as a hypnotherapist with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
    Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)

Choosing a Therapist

Please take your time to find the right therapist for you. An initial telephone conversation can help you to ascertain whether you might gel with a therapist but you should also take care to find someone who is properly trained and is accountable to an appropriate professional organisation.

If you are interested in a free, 20-minute consultation, please feel free to contact me on 020 7096 8854 or you can contact me online. I am available from 7.30am to 8.30pm Monday through Friday, and Saturday mornings.

About Martin

Martin Cox Msc., Qualified Therapist And Counsellor In LondonI am a fully trained and accredited counsellor, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, and Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Therapist. I am down-to-earth, easy to talk to and always balance a thoroughly professional approach with a good deal of common sense and humanity. Read more about me or my approach to therapy.

Issues Treated

Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Health Anxiety / Hypochondriasis
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Panic Disorder
Phobias, i.e. Agoraphobia
Bereavement and loss
Depression/low mood
Anger management
Personal development and coaching
Social Anxiety (or Social Phobia)
Relationship issues
Self esteem
Habits & Addictions
Smoking Cessation
Coping with Stress
Weight management

Therapies Offered

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Couple/marital therapy
  • Counselling (Integrative)
  • Family therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Neuro Linguistic Progamming (NLP)
  • Psychotherapy (Integrative)
  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)