I am a qualified psychotherapist & Specialist Mentor registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and the College of Psychoanalysts-UK and a member of the Philadelphia Association London. I have worked in mental health for charities such as Mind as well as in the NHS for 20 years, several of those for the NHS Mammography service screening women for breast cancer
I have a strong interest in the healing capacity of the arts and have worked in an NHS Mental Health Trust seeing individuals and facilitating therapeutic groups using clay, ceramics and mixedmedia. I also work for the Philadelphia Association's Psychotherapy Clinic.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Philadelphia Association (UKCP 6 year accredited training).
- Registered Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Diagnostic Mammography
South Bank University
- BA (Hons) 2:1 Humanities
As a member and the current representative of the Philadelphia Association I am also a member of CPJA (the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis which is a College of UKCP).
I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities at the University of West London. I have always had an interest in the arts and the potential for creativity in personal expression. The arts are another language expressing the deeper, less known and less rational parts of who we are as human beings. I have had personal experience of using art therapeutically and my own analysis as a means of self exploration and self-expression. I have always been interested in experimenting with different materials such as glass, including stained glass, fused glass, claywork, ceramics, mixed media, poetry and literature.
I have 25 years plus of personal experience exploring psychoanalysis and other inner growth work and believe in its potential to help people discover who they really are and the ease that can come from inner knowledge and understanding and an inner sense of well-being independent of external circumstances.
- I also have an interest in philosophy about the nature of 'Being' and whether 'Authenticity' is possible and what it means to live a meaningful life. I explored these subjects in various forms over the past years as part of my psychotherapy training at the Philadelphia Association. This included the exploration of Existentialism, Jean Paul Satre, Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger and eastern philosophy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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My fees are negotiable from:
£65 to £100 for 50 minute analytic sessions
I am available Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm
I offer limited concessionary sessions from £50 depending on personal circumstances
About Counselling & Psychotherapy
Both Freud and others, such as the radical psychiatrist and psychotherapist of the 1970s R.D. Laing, believed that as people we are not transparent to ourselves; and therefore do not know ourselves as well as we think. We can be divided against ourselves, hence you might not always be aware of the reasons for doing what you do and find yourself on occasions sabotaging your efforts. You might also find yourself repeating unwanted or addictive behaviours or having feelings or thoughts that appear to be out of your control. You might have tried to combat these out-of-control aspects of yourself with self-help techniques alone and found that they did not resolve the problem. You might then wonder why this is so and wonder what the answer is?
How does counselling and psychotherapy respond to these issues?
Psychotherapy is a process over time that explores how the past influences the present and how this can be understood.
Both counselling and psychotherapy are ways of talking that can help you to begin to look at your life and your way of being in the world. It is about beginning to piece together and become aware of repeating patterns of behaviour and experiences that have not worked for you. Talking in this way with a professionally trained person can offer new and creative ways of thinking about your life.
It is through the therapeutic relationship that problematic aspects of your life can be addressed, thought about, and their meaning understood. This is because talking in a safe and confidential space to someone who really listens to you can have a profound effect. It is through this unique and special kind of conversation that deep and lasting change can occur.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm
Types of client