East Finchley Consulting
104D High Road
I am predominantly a therapist in private practice and a supervisor to psychotherapists and counsellors. I am also a tutor and head of year for finalists who are working towards completing their advanced diplomas and MA's at one of the UK's longest standing integrative training's.
I am a man in my sixties with a range of life experiences, some of which led me to my own therapeutic experience and then to train as a psychotherapist. As of 2015 I have been seeing people as a therapist for fifteen odd years in a range of capacities. I have worked privately throughout, both as a group therapist and 1-2-1 therapist.
In my early years as a therapist I engaged with people who had enduring mental health issues; at that time I was a counselling coordinator of an NHS/social services run secondary care service. In recent years I have been mainly involved in private practice engaging with many people from all walks of life with a range of concerns and challenges in life. Additionally, for the last five years I have been a tutor at the minster center, one of the per-eminent training's for integrative counselors and psychotherapists in the UK. There I fill the role of head of year for both students entering the training and those who are in their final year of their MA/advanced diploma. I am also a supervisor to finalists and provide supervision to therapists in practice.
I feel that my whole life is relevant to what I bring to the engagement with my clients and perhaps because of this I feel that although knowledge of the therapy process gained both from having been a client myself as well as the training and experience I have had over time is important; in the end the quality of the relationship between us is perhaps the most important aspect and predictor of whether this experience will be of help to you. Interestingly this is also supported by research into what benefits clients the most and in many respects it is not the theory being "applied" or the nature of the presenting issue that is a predictor of therapeutic success (although these are of course potentially important factors) but the tenor and quality of "our" relationship over the time that we have. A trusting and engaged relationship provides the opportunity to explore those aspects of your life which have brought you to therapy. You will be providing yourself, through our engagement, the environment to create an understanding of yourself which is hard to achieve in other circumstances. Through therapy there is the possibility of arriving at a greater understanding of why we are the way we are also why we find ourselves in situations that can distress us and how we may change this.
The therapeutic engagement is in part listening, understanding, reflecting, challenging, and working together to unravel thoughts and feelings that can often feel stuck or in a muddle. It can also be a place for looking at immediate issues in a new light.
I engage in 1-2-1 psychotherapy and counselling, long term, open ended and short term. I also facilitate therapy groups.
If you would like to have an initial discussion on the phone to explore whether I would be a suitable therapist for you and also to find out more please do contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MA and AdvDiploma in Psychotherapy. I am a registered practitioner with the UKCP.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with most issues depending on what you are looking for and the nature of the engagement. Tick boxes don't easily define the person nor the practitioner.
- I am available to see clients on a short term or long term basis
- Individual psychotherapy
- I work face to face
Each session last for 50mins and I tend to work at a level of one session a week but more or less can be arranged if appropriate.
My standard rate is £90 per session. The standard fee can vary depending on circumstances.
(Some concessionary fees are available generally ranging from £70-£80 - this is negotiated between us depending on your circumstances and spaces being available - generally during daytime hours).
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your situation and I am willing to answer your preliminary questions on any aspects of what would be involved in us working together where I can.
I am also the proprietor of therapy rooms from where I practice and as such can refer you on to other therapists should this be suitable.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
A range of times are available most days of the week
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a UKCP recognised Supervisor.