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I can support you as you find a way forward, and I know that way forward must be according to what is important to you. Where I come in, is in walking with you as you put it together. I will provide the time and the private space plus my experience, knowledge and training, as we make sense of what's troubling you.
I have worked with clients with a range of life experiences particularly bereavement, relationship issues and break-ups, stress at work, difficulties with family, social isolation, parenting, intrusive thoughts, transcultural experience, adoption, trauma, illness and mortality. Through the counselling, they have explored and successfully managed a wide range of emotions such as a profound sense of loss or fear, suicidal feelings, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, loneliness, lack of confidence and low self-worth.
I work in an integrative way drawing on my psychodynamic and person centred training, and can also work cognitively and strategically, drawing on my background in education. The work is unique to each client, and the first session is free of charge.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am on the British Association of Counselling register, and have a post-graduate diploma in counselling from Goldsmiths; a training that focused on underlying emotional patterns, and the influence of family and culture. I have been working as a counsellor since 2010, with an NHS funded local provider of bereavement support, with whom I attained Cruse and Ascentis Level 2 certs in Bereavement Care, which was a person-centred training focusing on emotional support and empathy. I have been in private practice for the last two years.
My BSc (hons) in pscyhology entailed some neurobiology and lead to my membership of the British Psychological Society, the professional body for clinical psychologists. It means my counselling work is grounded in an appreciation of different psychological perspectives, theory and clinical practice.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked for fifteen years as a college lecturer, having attained an Advanced Certificate in Education (post-compulsory) from Canterbury Christchurch University. Being a "lecturer" in a further education college is absolutely not about standing up and delivering a lecture. So many of our students had already had a negative experience of the education system, and if a person is already feeling bad about themselves and their abilities, then a positive and nurturing approach to their learning works well. There is a huge theoretical common ground between modern teaching practice and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - for instance, in supporting students to overcome personal barriers to learning, and we often used CBT resources in tutorial sessions.
My interest in this line of work was ignited way back when I was a Samaritan volunteer for nine years. This privileged experience taught me the value of simply being there for someone in crisis, listening to their feelings of despair, and supporting them as they tried to make sense of suicidal feelings and the huge range of life experiences and problems that produced those feelings. It was also at this time that I was working in the NHS as support staff, mostly in psychiatric settings.
At Cruse Bereavement Care, I train bereavement volunteers (who are very often counselling students on placement), and I facilitate a bereavement support group. I also offer supervision to counsellors, holding two supervision groups at Cruse.
I have also undergone BACP endorsed training in hypnotherapy from NLP Vision which has underpinned my counselling when supporting clients with relaxation techniques, meditation, mindfulness and/or self-hypnosis: all good things when we need to combat stress and anxiety or change habits.
Some of my further training includes: Mental Health First Aid Certificate, Cruse and Ascentis level 3 Certificates in Supervision, Cruse and Ascentis Certificates in Facilitating Bereavement Support Groups.
My counselling training required long-term therapy and my mentor is a Jungian specialist who has inspired me to pursue an interest in dream work. My supervision is integrative with a person-centred basis. My supervision supervisor is a Cognitive Analytic therapist in an NHS psychiatric setting.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The 'Areas of Counselling' list represents the issues that I have worked with the most, over the years.
I charge £55 per consultation and the first session is free of charge. I will gladly negotiate a reduced fee for students and the low waged. Another way of spreading the costs is to attend fortnightly.
Our first meeting, which is free of charge, is all about working out if this is right for you, and we usually come up with some kind of plan according to your expectations of the work. Alternatively, may decide to work "open-endedly".
Consultations usually last between 50 minutes and one hour. Regular counselling may be weekly or fortnightly, the number of these negotiated as we go along.
I use consultation rooms in Blackheath, London SE3. Please note, there is currently no lift at Mycenae House and two flights of stairs to get to my room, but I can obtain a ground floor room with advance notice.
I am part-Irish in origin which gives me some kind of empathy with the experience of being Irish in London as well as of coming from that particular mix in the family. I have had many Irish clients.
I taught Health and Social care to aspiring social workers and carers, supporting students on placement and in developing life and work skills including good communication and self-awareness.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytimes and evenings Mon-Fri excepting Monday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I supervise two small groups in a voluntary sector setting providing bereavement support, and I have an Ascentis level 3 certificate in supervision.My supervisees are often counselling students on placement.View supervision profile