020 3620 5425
It’s not easy to start counselling for the first time. I’m here to guide you through the process and help you feel as comfortable as can be. I’m happy to explain my approach and if you have any questions at all, I’ll try my best to put your mind at ease.
The first step is to send a short, confidential email. If you’d like to include some basic information about yourself, that’s fine. If you’d prefer to speak on the phone, that can also be arranged. I aim to respond to all enquiries within 48 hours and, wherever possible, I hope to be able to offer a preliminary meeting within 7 days.
The preliminary meeting is an ice-breaker. I’d like to get to know you a little, and in return you’ll have the opportunity to find out some more about me. Importantly, I’ll ask what has brought you to counselling and what are your hopes and expectations for the therapy? It’s helpful to have a goal so if you don’t know what that is, we can make that part of our discussion.
By the end of the preliminary meeting, you should have a better idea about what I offer and whether you would like to work with me (and vice versa). Even so, I usually recommend you go away and think about it before making a decision. The time slot will be held for 7 days, after which point it will be made available to other potential clients.
I’m sure you’ll feel a few nerves reading this. Hopefully you’ll feel a little excitement too. Counselling should never be viewed as an easy option but with a little work the results can be life changing. In my experience, the vast majority of people that do start counselling soon begin to wish they had started much, much sooner.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work as an Honorary Psychotherapist in the Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Psychotherapy Team (part of the Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust) under the clinical supervision of Dr Lorenzo Grespi.
I also work for the Maytree: the national suicide prevention charity based in Islington, North London that provides befriending and respite services to people in suicidal crisis.
Before Maytree, I worked for Camden and Islington (CANDI) NHS Foundation Trust as a Clinical Support Worker at The Rivers Crisis House, St Pancras Hospital and the South Camden Crisis Team. I have, therefore, extensive experience of complex mental health problems.
I have also worked in the private care sector as a Mental Health Support Worker, which funded my psychotherapy training. Furthermore, I volunteered for Samaritans when I was much younger, which paved the way for my subsequent career.
- MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy - Birkbeck College, University of London
- Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling and Organisational Dynamics - Birkbeck College, University of London
- Graduate Diploma in Psychology - The Open University, Milton Keynes
- BA Philosophy and Politics - University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£40-60 depending on day, time, location and delivery method (i.e. face to face, or online).
Islington mornings only (before 9AM).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mornings / Afternoons / Evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|