I'm a psychologist and coach based in Holyport near Maidenhead in Berkshire.
I specialise in life issues such as fears, phobias, stress, anxiety, PTSD, anger, and communication and work with individuals as well as couples.
Whether you want help dealing with emotional issues or coaching to achieve personal goals, my aim is always to make you "fly solo" as quickly as possible. There is no greater feeling than that of being in charge of your life.
Counselling is a confidential and non-judgmental conversation between us during which you get to talk about the issues that are holding you back. We will put things into perspective and find ways for you to move in in your life. I use a mix of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), TFT (thought field therapy), and coaching techniques all of which are proven techniques to overcome emotional issues.
In Coaching we uncover what you want to achieve and design a route map of the actions that you commit to take in order to achieve your goals. Along the way we will sense check options and decisions to ensure you are on track and that what you want to achieve is realistic.
17 customer reviews
I have had a few sessions with Peter and this has greatly helped with traumatic experiences from the past causing sleep issues and my needle phobia issues. I found peter to be open to email updates and the sessions were very productive. I am now able to tolerate exposure to needles when previously this was not possible. Great service and very helpful. I would recommend this service to anyone. More...
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To put it simply Peter is fantastic!
I first spoke to Peter a few months ago and was instantly impressed by his professionalism and attention to detail.
Peter was able to break the situations that I described to him up and then pointed me in the direction to look at them from a different perspective. This has helped my positivity massively.
Peter’s friendly and calm approach instantly creates a stress free atmosphere. He is very approachable and takes his time to lend his services out of meeting time, when required.
I would highly recommend Peter to anyone. More...
Following a bad stroke six years ago, I had developed a phobia of walking by myself outside of my house.
When I walked with someone, and I put a couple of my fingers on someone’s extended arm, I walked with greater confidence, but I needed independence.
I was referred to Peter Abrahamsen, who worked with me, and he fixed me exceptionally quickly. I now go out by myself and feel confident in doing so.
I am very grateful to Peter for healing me. More...
Susan Mary Pitt
I felt that I got on really well with Peter. He was easy to talk to and supportive. I will recommend him to others.
Laura Isabel Solano Quijano
Talking to Peter has been an amazing experience. I was personally looking to get a different perspective in a few situations of my life and this is exactly what I’ve achieved with Peter so far. It is incredibly comfortable to talk to him and so easy to open up and share my thoughts and experiences and he’s made me see things in such a different light. He is great in identifying patterns or building up a picture from my scattered thoughts that somehow puts it all together and it all makes sense. Likewise, he identifies those things that I may not have realised from situations and gives a totally new perspective or highlights different ways in which to understand situations, issues and behaviours. He is also a person that listens without judgement and I feel like he genuinely has my best interest at heart. Its been a few weeks and I can already sense a change in the way I approach situations and my behaviours, and most of all, in the way I see things. I feel so much lighter and motivated after each session with Peter and I can’t wait to see all the positive effects that working with him will bring to my life! Thank you Peter for all you do, I totally recommend him!!! More...
Just by speaking to Peter my son already feels that Peter will be able to help him
Peter really helped me get over some past trauma that was eating away at me. I found him easy to open up to and thanks to him I feel like I can finally move on from the past and live a fulfilling life.
Finding Peter Abrahamsen was a very good day for me. I had recently had an unsuccessful overdose as thee was so much wrong in my life. Peter is so easy to talk to and his surprisingly different approach was an eye opener. We are picking away slowly at the many problems I have and are making progress More...
Since working with Peter and BetterLives my life has changed significantly for the better, I now feel like I am in control of my life and I am loving the journey. Peter and I have developed a fantastic relationship since we've worked together and I feel like he genuinely cares and wants to help me better my life. He constantly encourages me to contact him with anything new that comes up in order for us to discuss and resolve in the upcoming session. He's extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. The thing that I have appreciated most about Peter is that he holds me accountable, and gives me practical tips so that I can do better in the future - without any judgement. Overall, since the sessions I am a much more confident and happy person. For that, I am extremely grateful. More...
Working with BetterLives is amazing
Very friendly. Peter was easy to talk to. Would recommend
I have only had two sessions with Peter so far but it has been worth every penny and minute. I was very sceptical about therapy and talking due to my pessimistic nature and low self esteem, confidence and anxiety but Peter is very easy to talk and open up to.
I've taken all advice on board so far and am starting to put into practice what I have learnt and I'm definitely on the up and in a much better place.
It's good to talk 😊 More...
Since meeting Peter my life has changed dramatically for the better. I spoke to a few people in what felt like an emergency cry for help and the moment I made contact with Peter despite the anti social hour I just knew I was going to be able to work with him. He has helped me look at how I view things and work specifically with grief and anger related to childhood trauma. My anger has lessoned dramatically since our sessions and I am more in control of my life. I have now moved on to couples therapy with Peter and my partner and I both have a good relationship with him. I cannot recommend Peter and Better Lives more. He really does make your life better. Thank you! More...
I reached out to Peter when I was at an all time low with anxiety and anger out of control. Despite the anti social hour he was one of a few who responded kindly and really showed an understanding of what I was going through despite never having spoken to me. Since then my life has only improved. Meeting Peter has not only helped me but also my family as once I had managed to unravel my anger and anxiety problems I was then able to involve my partner and work at rebuilding some of the issues in our relationship. We both have a really good relationship with Peter and find his style of counselling really helpful. He helps you to break down the thought process of why you are behaving in a certain way and gives you alternative methods to try and fix negative behavioural patterns. We still have a way to go with our relationship but the improvement from our sessions has already made a huge impact to our daily lives. With regard to my initial emergency call out. I cannot thank you enough Peter. I have laid some demons I have been fighting with for a long time to rest and I cannot thank you enough for this! More...
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I first spoke to Peter on the phone as I was reaching out for help with depression and he has been recommended via Bark. He listened to me for about an hour. He was patient, kind, gentle, intelligent, empathetic, compassionate and genuinely seemed to care and to want to help. And he still is and does. Peter has been my 'life coach' for several months now. I call him that because not only does he listen, but he truly engages and offers insights, suggestions, follow up and advice. We talk online as he lives a distance from me, which means we can 'meet' when it suits me, but still maintain privacy. I am beginning to make progress and have noticed a shift in my thinking and thought patterns. Peter has definitely been worth the time and investment. More...
Meeting Peter really helped me to get perspective in my life. He is brilliant at reading between the lines of emotional state and unlocking the true meanings and evidence behind our feelings and how they impact and consume us on a day to day basis. Ongoing sessions are helping me come out of an anxiety and depression state, and are starting to help me live the life I want, on my terms. This is creating huge benefits for my work and family life. Highly recommend reaching out to him! More...