Hello, and a very warm welcome to my profile.
Let’s talk about you. How were you doing before Covid-19 hit? Maybe life was ticking along reasonably enough – until coronavirus swept in and turned everything upside down. Perhaps your world has been shattered after the death of a loved one and you’re seeking skilled support. Or it may be that you were already struggling with certain problems and coronavirus, and the events surrounding it, has piled more on top.
You might find your mood has plummeted and your stress levels have shot up. Maybe you’re suffering in silence, or you’ve tried to talk to people but can’t find the right words. Or it could be that you reckon you’re ready to move forward in your life, but can’t work out how. The right counsellor can help.
I offer a space where you can speak in confidence about your deepest fears, feelings, concerns and challenges. Working together online means you can have counselling from the comfort of your own home, from your favourite chair, with a warm drink, sitting in front of your laptop or tablet. You don’t have to waste time and stress yourself out negotiating traffic in the car or waiting for buses or trains. And research shows that online therapy is as effective as face-to-face. I use the secure videoconferencing platform Zoom.
I will offer in-person sessions when it is safe to do so.
How might counselling with me help?
Maybe you want to explore past or current events in a safe place, feel depressed or anxious, or have certain goals. I’m a down-to-earth therapist who strives to really ‘hear’ and support you, working with you to promote insight and personal growth. You already have many strengths, resources and problem-solving skills – even though it may not seem like it when you’re feeling overwhelmed by worries and difficulties. Together we will seek out and build on these skills, helping you feel calmer, increasing your resilience and wellbeing and tackling blocks to change.
Benefits clients have reported include:
- Closer relationships and increased ability to ask for support
- More positive and stable moods
- Finding peace of mind and ways to move forward after a loss
- Reductions in anxiety, with ways to manage symptoms
- Insight into ingrained patterns of behaviour, so clients have more choice in how they respond to those same issues
- Greater self-awareness and more self-compassion
- Improved ability to deal with difficult people
- Increased confidence in making life choices
- Higher self-esteem and increased assertiveness
- Enhanced confidence and satisfaction at work
- Improved ability to set boundaries.
I have experience with a variety of counselling methods, so therapy is tailored to your unique needs. I find talking about what’s happening now leads quite naturally to us looking at previous events and old patterns, which throws light on current problems. I often use elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which is based on the idea that our thoughts, ideas and beliefs influence how we feel. Gaining new insights, learning techniques to soothe jangled nerves and planning self-care are just some of the things my clients have found helpful.
Starting counselling: First steps
If what I’m offering strikes a chord with you, call or email me now to arrange a free, no-obligation discussion of up to 15 minutes via phone or Zoom to talk about why you’re considering counselling and to get an idea whether I might be the right therapist for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Psychotherapy & Counselling (1999)
- Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling (1994)
- Post-Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Skills (2009)
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology (1985)
- Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)
- Certificate in Stress Management (2012)
- Enhanced DBS Certificate (2020)
- Course on Supporting & Counselling People Bereaved During The Covid-19 Pandemic, with bereavement expert Dr John Wilson (2020)
- 80-hour professional Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling (2020)
I began my counselling career in 1994 when I trained as a Bereavement Counsellor with Wandsworth Bereavement Service. Since then I have held posts as an NHS psychotherapist, a CBT therapist at Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF), and a university counsellor at Goldsmith’s University of London and St George’s Medical School. I now work exclusively in private practice.
I am also a writer and journalist who has worked on over 25 national publications. I was advice columnist for best-selling teenage girls' magazine Bliss for 12 years, and I am author of Three Good Things Gratitude Journal: Lift Your Mood In Just 10 Minutes A Day, available from amazon.co.uk
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Grief, bereavement & loss: my original training was as a bereavement counsellor and I have a special interest in bereavement and loss. Your grief could be due to a death, because a relationship has ended, or linked to some other loss. I have also had specialist training to work with those bereaved due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Life transitions, midlife concerns & issues arising from the menopause.
Distress after an unexpected or difficult DNA test result.
Cultural, racial and personal identity.
Online dating: exploring your mindset, profile and more.
Pet loss: Clients tell me they feel ‘silly’ being upset that their dog or cat has died when thousands are in despair over human losses to the virus. The loss of the bond to your companion animal can be very painful and needs to be honoured, just like any other.
- Blocks around creativity.
- Mothers who have lost their own mums.
£70 per 60-minute session.
I offer some concessionary places at £60 - please contact me for details.