Light Centre Belgravia
7-9 Eccleston Street
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist based near Sloane Square, Victoria and Pimlico, London.
My primary aim is to offer you a confidential, empathic, non-judgmental, respectful and supportive space to explore whatever has been troubling you and reflect on your experiences. Going to therapy for the first time can feel daunting and overwhelming. It is important that we go at your own pace and that you, as the client feel safe, in order to make positive changes in your life.
- Short-term psychotherapy
- Long-term or open-ended psychotherapy
- Skype counselling
Most people experience difficulties or distress at some point in their life. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process, seen to explore concerns, identify feelings and thoughts and reflect both how you see yourself and how you relate to others, in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space.
Psychotherapy encourages and enables you to:
- Think about yourself more deeply and better understand yourself and the choices you make.
- Better understand how you relate to others and repeated relational patterns that may have their origins in your earliest childhood experiences and influence your interpretations in the present.
- Change old, dysfunctional patterns.
- Communicate more successfully with others and facilitate improved interpersonal relationships.
- Cope better with anxiety provoking and stressful situations.
- Open up possibility within a life that may feel stuck.
You can bring whatever is on your mind to the session – anxieties, dreams, fantasies, fears, feelings, hopes, memories, sensations and thoughts.
Like all human beings, my clients are multi-faceted and bring a broad range of issues to me. They bring their stories – stories that encompass those around them in their present lives and those who have gone before. Some clients feel anxious and broken - others are deeply bereaved. Many are dealing with a life transition, a relationship dilemma or problems at work. Some are going through a spiritual crisis.
As an Integrative Psychotherapist, my personal approach integrates several different theories – Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Gestalt, CBT and Transpersonal. However, Attachment Theory and Object Relations concepts and formulations are at the heart of my work. I draw on these, my theoretical knowledge and my therapeutic skills and expertise, to respond to these stories in whatever way is best for each specific client. Maybe what they need is to be listened to and acknowledged? Perhaps they are searching for goals, answers or resolution? Maybe they want to manage and sort out a past trauma or make sense of a recent event? Through the telling of these stories within a trusting, non-judgmental, accepting relationship, clients come to understand themselves and their inner motivations more completely, accept themselves more positively and look to the future with greater clarity.
I believe in the importance of early attachment experiences as creating an internalised working model that serves as a schema or template to close relationships. Our characteristic attachment style will influence the characteristic manner in which we approach the other and construe the world around us.
I also consider that our current relationships and ways of solving problems are often influenced by past events and how we understood them at the time. I am interested in the way we unwittingly repeat in adulthood these patterns we learnt in childhood, no matter that they may no longer be helpful and even that they play a part in maintaining our current problems.
By recognising these patterns and understanding what triggers them, how they are maintained, we are in a better position to understand what our strengths and limitations are and our possibilities and choices. To work out new ways of thinking and acting that can help us lead a more fulfilling life.
I work on the assumption that feeling safe within therapy and working at a pace that feels comfortable for you forms the basis of our work together.
The self-other representations of our internal world constitute the material to be worked on in the therapeutic relationship, where there is opportunity for a new and healing experience, resulting in changes in our experience of our selves in relationship to others and the world.
* You do not need to be referred to the service by your GP.
* The first session is an assessment of 60 minutes to get a good initial sense of your present situation and learn a little about your past, as well as about your hopes for the future. It is an opportunity to say what is troubling you, what has brought you to therapy now and what you would like to achieve in coming.
I will be directed about what we should focus on and make some suggestions about how we might approach it.
I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the process or about the way I work and you can get a sense of what it feels like to talk to me. If you would like to continue to work together, we will normally meet for 50 minutes at the same time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist with the following professional qualifications:
- BA (Hons)
- Foundation Course Psychotherapy & Counselling
- PGDip Psychotherapy & Counselling
- Advanced Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist and abide by their code of ethics in all aspects of my practice.
I have worked with a wide range of clients in private and NHS settings. Some of these include working as a psychotherapist within:
- Private practice.
- At a Psychotherapy Service in Waterloo facilitating my clients to resolve emotional issues, particularly childhood emotional and sexual abuse, as well as issues around sexual identity.
- In the Palliative care department in Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, offering psychological support to people with cancer and their carers/family members.
- In a multidisciplinary team on a mental health, medium secure locked ward at West London Mental Health NHS Trust, Ealing Hospital.
I work with an extensive spectrum of emotional and psychological difficulties.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
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Ongoing individual sessions are £60-£75 for 50 minutes.
The fee is paid at the beginning of each session by cash. Credit cards will be accepted in certain circumstances. Cheques are not accepted.
I offer concessionary rates for psychotherapy to students training to become psychotherapists.
If you would like to make an enquiry or arrange an initial session for an assessment, you can telephone me or e-mail me.
My consulting rooms are conveniently located in peaceful locaions at:
* The Light Centre Belgravia
The nearest Underground Stations are:
- Victoria: 4 minutes
- Sloane Square: 7 minutes
- Hyde Park Corner: 10 minutes
* Calmer Clinics
The nearest Underground Stations are:
- Pimlico: 5 minutes
- Victoria: 14 minutes
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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