239 Balham High Road
020 76428656 / 07714243962
Counselling and CBT to help you move forward with life.
Hi, I'm an experienced, BACP accredited counsellor and I offer confidential, empathetic counselling, CBT and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, in a relaxed but professional setting 2 minutes walk from Tooting Bec tube, 5 minutes walk from Balham tube. Thanks for taking the time to look at my profile.
The issues I most commonly deal with include relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, panic, addictive behaviour and obsessive compulsive habits. That said, people come with all sort of problems and you can talk about anything tha't worrying you.
Many people I work with feel they have reached a point where they are 'stuck' and cannot see how to move forward, or feel overwhelmed by the emotions they are experiencing.
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If you've never been to counselling before your probably, quite rightly, wondering how it might work. Many people find that simply having a space to reflect on their life with somebody who is not personally involved or judgemental is very helpful.
Beyond that, working together with a trained counsellor allows you to look at your life in ways you may not have considered before and get more insight and understanding about it. Exploring the assumptions you have about yourself and about life may reveal how they are holding you back and lead you to reassess or challenge those assumptions.
What to expect
I generally work in a way that combines an Existential approach with elements of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
Existential means helping you strengthen a sense of purpose, meaning and control in your life.
MBCT works by identifying your typical responses to situations and showing you how you can modify them if they are causing problems like anxiety and depression. Typically this will involve recognising your usual patterns of thinking and behaving; learning how to better accept and deal with your emotions will also be part of the work, supported by simple meditation and mood managing exercises.
Both these approaches are about taking control of the way you respond to what life brings you rather than walking through it on automatic pilot.
In our initial meeting we can talk about what you want from counselling and how you feel about the various options for going forward
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working as a counsellor for around 10 years
I am BACP accredited, which means I have been judged to have reached a high standard of practice and experience by the UK's leading counselling and psychotherapy organisation.
I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have worked as a counsellor with a number of counselling services in London and also within the NHS. I was until recently Project Leader of the Battersea Pastoral Counselling service.
I also completed Samaritans training and volunteered on their helpline, as well as seeing clients face to face.
I have trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and I am able to introduce clients to the principles of Mindfulness and Mindful meditation.
Before training as a counsellor I worked for 20 years in the media industry as a writer and producer.
I have regular supervision of my work with clients and engage in regular Continuing Professional Development training.
My original degree is in English, from Cambridge University.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
* University adjustment problems.
*Working with Mindfulness to help anxiety and depression.
* Developing creativity and ideas.
* Sport/exercise related issues.
Fee for initial session is £20.
Subsequent sessions are £45 for daytime sessions,(beginning at 4.30pm or earlier), and £50 for evenings. I do offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions for people who are students or on a reduced income - please feel free to ask if concessions are available at the moment.
Sessions can be arranged at locations in Balham (SW17) and in Battersea (SW11), if available. Please don't hesitate to contact me by phone or email if you would like to arrange an initial session or to talk through in more detail how counselling may be able to help you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Sessions are available Monday- Wednesday, 9am to 8pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|