I am a Humanistic counsellor with a Psychodynamic - Integrative approach.
Humanistic means I believe all human beings to have potential. Humanistic therapies focus on self-development and growth. We need the right environment to reach our potential, which is not always there whilst we grow up. Humanistic counselling, therefore, aims at providing an opportunity to recognise your strengths, creativity and choice in the ‘here and now’.
Psychodynamic counselling uses the therapeutic relationship to gain insight into unconscious relationship patterns that evolved since childhood. Memories, dreams and other evidence of early relationships are used to make sense of current concerns.
Psychodynamic practice aims to help you make sense of your existing situation and of the feelings and thoughts and associated memories that are brought about by this situation. In psychodynamic counselling, these feelings, thoughts, images and even dreams can be looked at to gain a deeper understanding of how you relate to yourself and to others.
Integrative means that as a counsellor I use insights from a variety of models depending on what feels right for you. My approach is supportive and involved, empathic and sensitive. I talk in a straightforward way, often inviting you to explore patterns of behaving and relating with others. I aim to create a safe space for you to share and reflect, to increase awareness and deepen understanding of what is going on for you and what you truly want, and to find your own way forwards towards solutions, acceptance and healing. I may also help you to identify practical approaches which can help you in making changes in your everyday life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully qualified with a PgDip in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. My prior interest with healing and alternative therapies led me to pursue studies in counselling and psychotherapy. I am a naturally warm and caring person and I believe everyone has the right to live a fulfilled life with meaningful relationships. I believe that no matter the difficulties we may have experienced in the past, that we all have the capacity to heal.
I have a vast amount of experience; working with the elderly in a residential care environment; a Womens’ Centre with those who have suffered domestic violence, both psychological and physical abuse. I have worked with transition and bereavement in a hospice setting. I spent time working with those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their rehabilitation back into society. Before setting up a Private Practice I spent two years working within a NHS doctors’ surgery based in North London where I had a very busy and varied practice. Very recently I have been involved in acute trauma working with the victims of the Grenfell Fire in Kensington. Regardless of any prior experience, I am very happy to work with whatever you may bring and I welcome a diverse range of clients.
I have a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire. Both a Diploma and Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD Counselling School in London. I am working towards an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy at UEL.
I have also completed short courses in CBT, Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Ethology and also have a keen interest in Mindfulness.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework. I am committed to my continuous professional development.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
£45 - Individual session
£55 - First session (initial assessment session lasting 75minutes)
Individual sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually once a week – wherever possible at the same time each week. On our first appointment, we will meet for 75 minutes. Skype sessions can be discussed.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
All day appointments in SG12 and afternoon appointments in EN7
Types of client