Life can be at times sad, depressing, anxiety raising and difficult to manage comfortably. Juggling the pressures and responsiblities of work and personal lives can become stressful and distressing. This effects people's lives and their relationships. Anxiety, stress and bereavement/loss in particular impact individuals, couples and families alike while manifesting in a number of different ways.
Individual Therapy: I work together with you to find more satisfactory, happier ways forward for you in their day to day life and relationships. In Systemic Attachment based Psychotherapy I integrate CBT, Mindfulness and relaxation as appropriate within my practice with you. Occasionally, if it fits, there is the option of 'homework' or exercises to try outside of the therapy sessions to promote change and well-being.
I try to be flexible around your work and home life and together we negotiate sessions over time so there is no need to commit for longer than you feel necessary. At our initial meeting (with no obligation to go on after it) we talk about your needs and goals you wish to achieve therapeutically to give you a chance to get a feel of how I work and decide it fits for you. If so I suggest we meet for up to 5 sessions, although this is not set in stone, and then review. Some clients find they have done the work they came to do while others wish to continue. Of those some want to keep with the same frequency while others feel they want to continue but with longer gaps between sessions.
Couple therapy: Can mean a number of sessions meeting with me to resolve issues and dilemmas affecting your relationship and may include setting you each individually before meeting again and over time to continue the work together depending on what you want and what we agree would be helpful. Couples often come with different agendas and one person may have a greater belief in the therapeutic process than the other. we explore aims and objectives non judgementally and negotiate the way forward together to achieve the identified goal/s.
Family Therapy may include meeting together with adult families, families with adolescents and/or children and at times meeting with parents experiencing behavioural and/or emotional problems with their children. I work with teenage adolescents struggling with such dilemmas as education, exam stress and relationship and sexuality concerns as well as depression and anxiety.
My fees are based on an ethical position of not wishing money to be a barrier to therapy so there is a fee scale guideline depending on your income and you place yourself at the level of your income.
I am a UKCP and BACP registered Psychotherapist with more than 20 years experience in the NHS & Private Practice working with individuals, couples and families. For 18 years I have also been clinical supervisor to therapists working in various modalities and facilitator for peer groups' continual professional development as well as leading team building courses. Alongside this I have taught and supervised on a number of Doctorate, MA. and Msc., programmes for therapists and supervisors at The Institute of Family Therapy and KCC Foundation. Currently I sit on the London AFT Committee following 3 separate terms on the KCC Council of Systemic Practitioners Committee approving registration to Systemic, Sexual and Family Therapy Section of the UKCP and promoting the development of Professional and Ethical Practice guidlines for its members.
Training, qualifications & experience
PGDip. STTS. (Systemic Teaching .Training and Supervision ) - (Roehampton 1993)
PGDip. ST. (Systemic Therapy) -(Roehampton 1991)
CPD and specialist courses between 1993 to date:- Mindfulness Stress & Anxiety Reduction;
Couple counselling; Sex Therapy;
Hypnotherapy; Brief Solution Focussed Practice;
Child Focussed Practice
Business Administration (University of Florence - 1973)
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
07.30 - 19.30 Monday to Friday. Week end appointments may be arranged as well if other times are not possible.