James Earl









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James Earl

MSW (Sussex) PgDip (Relate) BA Hons (Mddx)

About me

In addition to being a qualified & experienced psychotherapist & relationship counsellor, I have worked as a philosopher & professional jazz pianist. I am married with children.

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy from Relate, a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Sussex. I am listed in the Relate Practitioners Directory, & with Psychology Today, &

I am fully insured.

I have been in private practice for 10 years & work with clients in the UK & internationally.

For 25 years I taught philosophy at Richmond, The American International University in London.

For many years I was the house pianist at The Ivy and Le Pont de la Tour, and headlined the Jazz Café with my trio.

About a session

First sessions are free. Check my avalability and book a session at a time that suits you.

Sessions normally last one hour, 90 minutes or 2 hours. I work from my private consulting room in Hampton in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, either in person or by video (FaceTime, Zoom & Skype).

I work daytimes, evenings, & weekends . My earliest session is at 8am, & my last at 8.30pm. I can see you once a week, or you may prefer to book sessions ad-hoc. You don't need to pay in advance or block-book.

Your first free session is not just information-gathering - we discuss the issues.

I believe in fostering a warm relationship with clients to help us examine complex life issues together.

About relationship counselling

Relationship counselling works!  80% of respondents to a Relate survey said counselling had significantly improved their relationship.

Relationship counselling is for both couples and individuals, whether currently in relationships or not. I welcome clients of all backgrounds,  sexualities, and types of relationship.

Relationship Counselling is a specialist form of therapy, so it is best to work with someone who has training in this specific area. I am trained in psychodynamic, systemic, Transactional Analysis, & CBT models and always happy to discuss the approaches I use, and suggest reading you might find helpful.

Try before you buy! - first sessions are free and without commitment to continue.

News, media & awards

'Thank you for the session today. It really helped in seeing some potential and practical ways forward’

C, Surbiton

'Thankyou for all your very wise and practical guidance. You are very calm and so neutral and so practical it has been very very helpful.'

R, Camberwell

'We couldn't possibly have got to where we are without your support, for which I'm hugely grateful'

R & R, Richmond

'We seem to be doing really well, thanks to all your help'

D & M, Kingston

‘You are a brilliant therapist’

M, Wimbledon

‘We feel that you're on our wavelength and I don't think there are many people of whom that would be true’

T & K, Teddington

‘Thank you so much for meeting with us this morning - we have both come away feeling very positive about the process that we started’

S & P, New Malden


First sessions free

Couple Sessions £80

Individual Sessions £60

I offer discounted rates if you are unemployed or on a low income



There is free parking nearby.

You can park outside after 6.30pm.

A parking space is available on request.

The 111, 216 & R68 bus routes stop nearby, & Hampton Rail Station is 7 mins on foot.

Bikes are safe behind a locked gate.

Tea, coffee, & herb teas are provided.

My room is on the ground floor, & there is a bathroom.



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