I am a warm and thoughtful psychotherapist, counsellor and executive coach and I practice in Highbury, Islington/Angel and Walthamstow, as well as online and by telephone. I work with individuals, couples and groups, and I specialise in relationships; work and career; self-esteem; depression; anxiety; social anxiety; stress; conflict and anger management; illness; bereavement, loss and grief; couples counselling; sexuality and sexual identity; LGBTQI+; disability; childhood sexual abuse; writing and creativity; metaphor and dreams. I am registered and accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am also Founder Director of Gale & Co: Professional Coaching for Authors, which has helped many writers to become successful published authors (www.galeandco.co.uk).
Psychotherapy and counselling can be invaluable in a crisis or just if we are feeling sad. They can enable us to greatly enhance our relationships, our work and our experience of life. They can give us the opportunity to look at our lives, at what works and doesn't work for us and consider changes we might like to make. We can talk through difficulties, receive support and find new ways of dealing with challenges. And when life feels flat, we can recover our sense of aliveness, satisfaction and joy. We can become more self-aware and develop richer, more fulfilling connections with others.
As young people, we learn patterns of behaviour to deal with our circumstances. In adulthood, these may no longer be appropriate or helpful and we may feel stuck, unhappy or confused. Counselling and therapy can help us to identify these patterns and find new ways of responding.
Couples therapy and couples counselling can make a considerable difference in relationships. Loving relationships go awry for a wide range of reasons, which can often be resolved. We can often feel very vulnerable in close relationships and close down or fend off those closest to us when we are trying to protect ourselves. Many of the fears and patterns of childhood play out in adult relationships; and differences in couples can have a considerable effect. Often, learning to communicate differently can make a real difference. Exploring and uncovering these factors together, with the guidance of a supportive therapist, can have a powerful, positive effect.
When couples decide to separate or divorce, couples counselling and therapy can support both parties to separate amicably and constructively.
At times of crisis or particular challenge, such as we are all facing now, relationships can come under particular pressure and a therapist can help you to sustain your relationship in a loving way.
The counselling and therapy I provide is entirely confidential.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my career in book publishing, working as an editor, in marketing and in senior management. I have been editorial director of Pan Macmillan, Marketing Director of Simon & Schuster and Joint Managing Director of The Women's Press. In addition to my psychotherapy and counselling practice, I am a writing coach; an executive coach and mentor; co-founder and co-director of the executive coaching organisation, Working Edge; and founder and leader of Writers' Studio: Coaching Groups for Authors. The common thread in my career is supporting people to fully develop their personal, professional and creative potential.
I was a counsellor at City & Hackney MIND for four years and my work with writers, counselling and psychotherapy clients over many years has included issues ranging from self-esteem, anger management and communication skills to disability, sexuality, childhood sexual abuse and self-harm.
Graduated in Psychotherapy from the Spectrum Centre for Humanistic Psychology (whose training is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Eight years of Postgraduate Psychotherapy Training with the Spectrum Centre for Humanistic Psychology
Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills
Gestalt Psychotherapy training
PAIRS (the Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) training
Reparenting Intensive training
Childhood Sexual Abuse: Occurence and Prevention training
Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Sexuality training
Anger Management training
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling and Psychotherapy: £75 for each 50-minute session for individuals (100 for corporate referrals); £90 for each 60-minute session for couples.
Executive coaching and mentoring - £100 per 50-minute session for individuals (concessions for charities and small organisations).
For Working Edge groups: £410 per term, minimum commitment to two terms. www.workingedge.uk.com
Writers' Studio groups for Authors: £360 per term, minimum commitment to two terms. www.kgpublishingservices.co.uk
I am offering online or telephone sessions at all times at the moment to support people through this time of crisis
I am accredited by the British Assocation of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by the Code of Ethics of BACP and the Spectrum Centre for Humanistic Psychology.