Counselling and CBT to help you move forward with life.
Hi, I'm an experienced, BACP accredited counsellor and I offer confidential, empathetic counselling, CBT and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, in a relaxed but professional setting 2 minutes walk from Tooting Bec tube, 5 minutes walk from Balham tube. Thanks for taking the time to look at my profile.
The issues I most commonly deal with include relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, panic, addictive behaviour and obsessive compulsive habits. That said, people come with all sort of problems and you can talk about anything tha't worrying you.
Many people I work with feel they have reached a point where they are 'stuck' and cannot see how to move forward, or feel overwhelmed by the emotions they are experiencing.
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If you've never been to counselling before your probably, quite rightly, wondering how it might work. Many people find that simply having a space to reflect on their life with somebody who is not personally involved or judgemental is very helpful.
Beyond that, working together with a trained counsellor allows you to look at your life in ways you may not have considered before and get more insight and understanding about it. Exploring the assumptions you have about yourself and about life may reveal how they are holding you back and lead you to reassess or challenge those assumptions.
What to expect
I generally work in a way that combines an Existential approach with elements of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
Existential means helping you strengthen a sense of purpose, meaning and control in your life.
MBCT works by identifying your typical responses to situations and showing you how you can modify them if they are causing problems like anxiety and depression. Typically this will involve recognising your usual patterns of thinking and behaving; learning how to better accept and deal with your emotions will also be part of the work, supported by simple meditation and mood managing exercises.
Both these approaches are about taking control of the way you respond to what life brings you rather than walking through it on automatic pilot.
In our initial meeting we can talk about what you want from counselling and how you feel about the various options for going forward
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working as a counsellor for around 15 years
I am BACP accredited, which means I have been judged to have reached a high standard of practice and experience by the UK's leading counselling and psychotherapy organisation.
I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have worked as a counsellor with a number of counselling services in London and also within the NHS. I was until recently Project Leader of the Battersea Pastoral Counselling service.
I also completed Samaritans training and volunteered on their helpline, as well as seeing clients face to face.
I have trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and I am able to introduce clients to the principles of Mindfulness and Mindful meditation.
Before training as a counsellor I worked for 20 years in the media industry as a writer and producer.
I have regular supervision of my work with clients and engage in regular Continuing Professional Development training.
My original degree is in English, from Cambridge University.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
* University adjustment problems.
*Working with Mindfulness to help anxiety and depression.
* Developing creativity and ideas.
* Sport/exercise related issues.
Fee for initial session is £20.
Subsequent sessions are £45 for daytime sessions,(beginning at 4.30pm or earlier), and £50 for evenings. I do offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions for people who are students or on a reduced income - please feel free to ask if concessions are available at the moment.
Sessions can be arranged at locations in Balham (SW17) and in Battersea (SW11), if available. Please don't hesitate to contact me by phone or email if you would like to arrange an initial session or to talk through in more detail how counselling may be able to help you.