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I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor. I am originally from the Netherlands, but I have lived, worked and studied in the UK for 20 years. For many years I have worked with people from all walks of life as a social worker, more recently I have been working with people as a counsellor. I have my own practice, and I work as a therapist for Anxiety UK.
I may be able to help you work through any areas in your life where you feel “stuck” and where you experience problems. We all experience difficult times in our lives, often they are a result of things that have happened to us. The beliefs, thought and feelings we hold on to as a result of this can inhibit us from feeling happy and fulfilled, and from being our true authentic selves. I can help you explore your thoughts and feelings, so you can increase your awareness and understanding, and then we can work on ways to help you move forward and make positive changes in your life.
I will provide a safe, accepting and confidential environment, where you can talk freely and express yourself, and feel listened to with warmth, understanding and empathy. I use an integrative approach, where I draw on different theories and models, to help you create a better understanding of yourself, and of the issues you are dealing with.
It is very important for you to find a therapist with whom you feel safe and comfortable. Please feel free to email or call me for an initial chat, with no obligations, to find out if you'd like me to work with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - July 2015
Certificate in Counselling Skills - July 2000
Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy - SurreyCC - July 2003
Anxiety Disorder - NICE - September 2015
Mindfulness, the Brain and Therapy - NCS - September 2015
I am an approved therapist for Anxiety UK.
I work as a volunteer counsellor for MIND.
I have completed relevant social work training in child development and attachment theories.
I have many years of experience of working with people from all walks of life:
I have worked as a social worker for over 20 years. I have worked with people with family and parenting problems, relationship problems, homeless people, people with mental health problems, and people with alcohol and substance misuse problems. I have worked with children and young people in care, and have an extensive knowledge of the care system, and of fostering and adoption
As a counsellor I have worked with many different people, for example I have helped people who have problems with depression and anxiety, who have problems with addiction and problems with low self-esteem and feelings of low worth. I have helped people with loss and bereavement, people who experience high levels of stress and burn-out, people who have problems with maintaining positive relationships, and people who have been abused.
I am a member of the National Counselling Society, and am fully insured. I attend regular supervision sessions.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
£40 per 50 minutes session.
24 hours notice for cancellation
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available weekdays between 9am and 5pm. I can do some evening appointments.