Edwin Tan Therapy: Counselling & Psychotherapy in London

Registered Member MBACP | Psychosynthesis Counsellor | London & Online

+44 (0)789.494.6217

Welcome. I am an experienced counsellor working with clients on their personal and professional issues and crises. I invite you to find out more about my practice and watch my video answers to frequently asked questions on how counselling and psychotherapy might help you.


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A series of standalone workshops designed to help you cultivate self-awareness in a relaxed and enjoyable way, REEL TO REAL is for anyone interested in self-development and discovering who they really are so they can live successfully in every area of life. 

Making use of movies to stimulate thought, provoke discussion and inspire reflection, each fun and innovative workshop combines watching a movie with experiential exploration of psychological concepts to help you immediately develop greater self-awareness.

The skills you learn can be applied to any film you choose to see, so every time you are at the movies, you can:

  • Learn about your thoughts and feelings

  • Uncover your own motivating and limiting habits

  • Recognize how you relate to yourself and others

  • Discover what you might want

  • Improve your life circumstances and relationships

  • Choose to enjoy life in the here and now

So come along, bring a friend or two, and get ready to have an illuminating time!

To find out even more, have a look at my blog post about losing it at the movies....


At present, there are 4 REEL TO REAL workshops, covering the following areas:

  • As If You're Already There: Your Emerging Potential & Self

  • Acts of Will: Discovering & Mastering Your Will

  • Face(s) In the Mirror: Living with Your Many Selves

  • Me My Self & I: Knowing & Cultivating Your Identity

You do not need to attend all the workshops in any specific order in order to benefit from them - each workshop comprehensively covers a specific way to develop individual self-awareness and offers you skills and insights you can use immediately. They are repeated over the course of the year, so be on the look out for when you're ready to learn more.


★ “Enriching… a treat! I’ll definitely use the skills and apply them to other movies.”

“(I’ve learnt) to be more purposeful about living my life and not to just drift along.” 

★ “Great use of theory to explain experiences and vice versa. A well put-together workshop.”

“An amazing experience and the facilitator was thorough, clear, sympathetic – I really loved it!” 

★ “Such an interesting idea to explore. Loved how watching a film can take you into thinking and relating to your own current state of life and mindset. Excellent. I want to take part in more!”

“I found it really interesting and look forward to seeing how it will add to my film watching experiences. Really enjoyable” 

★ “Didn’t know what to expect…I’m empowered by the conversation and feedback. I enjoyed it”

“Delivered with ease and warmth… As a therapist and supervisor, I can use (this) in my work with clients and counsellors.” 

★ “I now have a clear image of what I want to grab next… Thank you so much for this opportunity.”

Details & Frequently Asked Questions

How to book?

  • Please follow the booking links to confirm your place in the workshop. Clicking on any of the links will take you to the website of REEL TO REAL's ticketing provider Eventbrite.

  • Tickets are £60 per person. The Early Discount rate is £50 per person if you book by 5pm on September 21st, 2018.

  • Tickets are non-refundable, unless the event is cancelled, in which case you will receive a refund of the ticket fee via the method of payment. Unfortunately, Eventbrite's fees are not refundable.

  • There is a maximum limit of 20 participants per workshop.

Where is it happening?

  • The workshops are conducted at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU - this Neo-Classical Art Deco building is part of the University of London's Bloomsbury campus, near Russell Square.

  • It is within walking distance of the following Train and Underground stations: Euston | Euston Square | Goodge Street | Holborn | Russell Square | Tottenham Court Road | Warren Street.

  • Senate House is served by the following TfL lines: Central | Circle | Hammersmith & City | London Overground | Metropolitan | Northern | Piccadilly | Victoria. It is also accessible via the railway network that serves Euston, Euston Square, and King's Cross St Pancras stations.

  • This is a non-smoking venue. It is wheelchair accessible and located on the ground level.

What is the workshop schedule?

  • All REEL TO REAL workshops take place on a Saturday and begin promptly at 10am. You are encouraged to arrive from 9:45am onwards.

  • The workshop has an allocated 1-hour lunch break at approximately 12:30pm. Lunch is at your own expense and you are invited to enjoy the variety of eateries in the immediate vicinity of the area, which include the usual high street chains, as well as a selection of independent cafes.

  • Workshops are scheduled to end by approximately 4:45pm. Please let the facilitator know at the start of the day if you need to depart ahead of that time.

What is the workshop like?

  • REEL TO REAL workshops are conducted within a relaxed atmosphere and led with a friendly attitude. All theoretical concepts will be clearly explained with examples and suggestions for further reading.

  • However, the workshops emphasize experiential learning, where you will take part in individual and interactive exercises designed to be fun and interesting experiences that deepen the theoretical learning - learning via first-hand experience is the most effective way!

  • Participants should bring along note-taking materials and some water (no hot drinks, sodas or alcohol, please) for personal consumption.

What kinds of films will be featured?

  • Each REEL TO REAL workshop topic potentially draws from a variety of titles across many different genres. It is worth mentioning that no horror/slasher movies will ever be featured.

  • Part of the fun is to rediscover old favorites, get to know new movies, or re-evaluate a forgotten film - just come along and enjoy!

  • At this time, all films are in the English language and do not feature subtitles. They are generally suitable for anyone over the age of 15.

  • Films are chosen with sensitivity toward potential triggering subject matter - if you have a concern about a particular subject matter that might be upsetting to you, please get in touch via email for clarification.

Who is the facilitator?

Edwin Tan is a life-long film buff, as well as a counsellor working in private practice, as well as the NHS, and in educational settings. He sees clients in London and online. Edwin has lived in London, New York and Singapore, and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. His varied professional background includes time spent as a lawyer, book editor, consultant, and film critic, amongst a host of other pursuits. You can find out about his practice of Psychosynthesis and much more here.

Gold Stars? Awards?

Sadly, no awards nor gold stars (of any sort, including those found on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) will be awarded. However, participants will receive Certificates of Attendance, and for therapeutic practitioners, each workshop provides 7 hours of Continuing Professional Education.