Why get counselling?
Life presents us with a huge variety of challenges that, at times, can feel intensely isolating, overwhelming and painful. Sometimes there are clear triggers for the way we feel – like a bereavement or relationship issues or work/exam pressures – but at other times we might not be aware of why we’re feeling or behaving a certain way.
In either event, experiencing a loss, a crisis or a challenging time can generate a range of emotions that leave us feeling anxious and overwhelmed or depressed and exhausted.
Anxiety and depression often compound our sense of aloneness in a crisis and makes it difficult for us to see a way through.
The process of counselling helps you to express yourself in ways that are often harder to do in the outside world with friends and family.
What should I expect from counselling?
Counselling offers a regular, safe space and a secure, trusting relationship within which you can begin to work through what you're experiencing.
It's tailored to your individual issues and needs and offers an opportunity for fresh insights and ways of approaching your difficulties.
Essentially it aims to promote self-discovery, increased self-awareness and a deeper connection with yourself, others and the world we live in – enabling you to help yourself in moving through your current situation towards becoming more fully you!
The quality of the therapeutic relationship is central to successful therapy so it's important to find a counsellor you're at ease with. For me, the therapeutic relationship is the bedrock for positive change. I see the process of counselling as a joint venture where together we uncover more helpful ways of understanding and adapting to painful losses or overcoming debilitating obstacles.
My Therapeutic approach
As an integrative, relational therapist I draw from a variety of models which provide an opportunity to work in ways best suited to your individual needs. I offer a warm, down to earth relationship and draw from both my theoretical training and my own personal and professional, wide-ranging experiences.
My approach generally focusses on your immediate situation. However, it's sometimes helpful to explore how patterns in your history may be affecting how you experience the present, on an emotional and physical level.
I aim to work holistically, with a ‘top-down, bottom-up’ approach that emphasises the inter-relationships between our cognitive, emotional, autonomic and physical selves. I draw extensively from The Structural Dissociation or ‘Parts’ model which is a powerful and transformative approach. It is, in itself, integrative and combines CBT, psychodynamic theory, sensorimotor psychotherapy, neuroscience, Internal Family Systems and Mindfulness-based therapies.
I come from an artistic/theatrical background and believe my thirty-year experience within the creative realm gives me an understanding of the creative process and the challenges faced within artistic industries. I believe we're all creative in a variety of everyday ways and that creativity and imagination provide powerful tools for change and healing.
My training internships were within hospice settings where I gained extensive experience working with illness and loss. Bereavement is often a time when we experience a broad range of reactions and strong emotions that can be very overwhelming and hard to make sense of. I provide a secure framework for working through grief during this, often, very painful time. My experience working with bereavement has given me insight into working with a wide range of problems, including anxiety (e.g. generalised anxiety disorder), depression, trauma, loss in its various forms, anger issues, addiction, OCD, career transition and identity crises.
I practice in accordance with the BACP’s ethical framework for practice that includes total commitment to confidentiality and respect of my clients’ diverse and individual needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy Roehampton University
- BSc Sociology Roehampton University
- Diploma in Acting Central School of Speech & Drama
- Certificate in Massage and Physical Therapy West London Buddhist Centre
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
Sessions last for 60 minutes and my hourly rate is £60 but this is negotiable depending on circumstances. Please contact me to discuss. Reduced rates are also offered to students, those on low income or benefits.