45 Central Street
Royston Complementary Health Centre
31C Market Hill
My counselling training:
I have been trained in using integrated techniques with a principle focus on using the Psychodynamic approach as this stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour.
I recognise that individual issues often need a more tailored approach, and therefore I have additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Person Centred Therapy, and will utilise an integrated approach when appropriate.
My training has given me the theoretical knowledge, and my experience in the counselling room has given me the sensitivity and skills to use this unique space to respond and guide you towards discovering how it is possible to make changes by understanding the source of your distress. Sometimes painful, it is also fulfilling to regain control of these feelings.
Our initial meeting:
We will have an initial meeting which will give us a chance to discuss what has brought you to seek counselling and the objectives you have. I will want to know more about you and your family, your relationships, and your current circumstances, the more that you are able to tell me at this stage will help to structure our sessions appropriately. I will ask you to tell me more about the history of the issues that you are bringing, and understand how these are affecting you in everyday life.
I will explain to you how counselling works and in particular what you can expect.
Frequency of our sessions:
we will normally meet once a week at the same time.
I will explain the terms of the contract, my charges and answer any questions you might have. Payments can be by cash or bank transfer - all payments must be made in advance or at the time of the session.
From our first contact you will be in charge and I will work with you to bring about the changes you are seeking.
All of our work will be confidential, and I work within the professional guidelines of the BACP.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Member (Reg No: 187031) of The British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP)
Counselling Foundation - Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Regents University - Certificate in Counselling
I have experience of working with adults from the age of 18, particularly in helping with depression, General Anxiety disorder, work related stress and emotional difficulties associated with life-changing events which include redundancy, retirement, job loss.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Men's Issues I have worked extensively with men who are often hesitant to seek help. Too often men would prefer not to admit that they have a problem that might benefit from talking to someone. In attempting to mask these difficult feelings, men often turn to denial, anger - turning this in on themselves or those they love. Internalising the idea that being a "man" means you sort out problems without involving others is damaging and causes unnecessary suffering to yourself and those you love.
- Work related Issues I have extensive experience of working with anxiety arising out of work related issues ( redundancy, retirement, prolonged ill health), which can be damaging to a person's feelings of self worth. I can help in processing the multiple emotions relating to these changing circumstances, bringing a fresh perspective and building the resilience necessary to assimilating these changes.
My counselling training allows me to offer a safe place to explore the emotions around life changing events, and to help you to plot a course for your future. The idea of asking for counselling might raise anxiety - here are some key points:
- During counselling no one will tell you what you should do
- It is a non-judgemental process
- No-one will tell you how you are feeling
- Counselling allows you to focus on troubling issues
I practice from consulting rooms in London and Hertfordshire, my fees will reflect the cost to me of practicing in these locations.
A guideline for my fees is as follows:
- Daytime sessions in Hertfordshire (9am - 5pm) £50
- Evening sessions in Hertfordshire ( 5pm - 8pm) £50
- Daytime sessions in London (10am - 4pm) £50
- Evening sessions in London (4pm - 8pm) £55
- Skype (anytime) £50
All sessions are 50 minutes duration, normally sessions are held at the same time every week.
I reserve some daytime sessions for discretionary discounts subject to individual circumstances.
I have borrowed this quotation because it resonates strongly with my approach to counselling:
"There is something special and unique about the relationship between a person in therapy and his or her therapist. It is a professional relationship, one in which the therapist is providing a service. However, it is also an intimate relationship, one in which secrets are shared, tears are shed, and moments of joy are celebrated. it is also a very private relationship, as your confidentiality is held sacred."
There is often unfounded apprehension about counselling, questions such as will I be asked uncomfortable questions - you are in the "driving seat" and will be fully in control of what we talk about, and how far you wish to go in each session. Everyone's experience of counselling is different, without exposing yourself to this experience, you will never know if it is appropriate to you and the problems you wish to address.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am currently available for weekdays and evening sessions, I am also available for Skype sessions in the evening.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|