Circumstances of this pandemic can bring stresses and anxieties into the foreground. I am used to dealing with stresses and anxieties, including those associated directly or indirectly with death.
I begin by providing a calm, safe place where it is possible to say whatever needs to be said, but may be difficult to say (or even think) elsewhere. We are all unique, so particular methods for exploring any issues are selected, explained and agreed to suit you and your own circumstances.
Solutions emerge and change occurs by a pooling of resources and joint effort. I find I can work with a wide range of difficulties from stresses and depression through to addictions, relationship difficulties, life transitions or crises, or where the problem is mixed or itself unclear. Clinical diagnosis (if one has been made) can be a helpful starting point, but is often less important than the personal relationship. For those interested in theory or modalities, I have a transpersonal approach which seeks to build holistically on Western and oriental views of the psyche so as to integrate empirical science with spiritual wisdom traditions.
I seek to combine a pragmatic attitude with a sensitive listening ear and a creative imagination. The usual pattern is weekly 50-minute sessions, but different arrangements can be made. It is often preferable to have a fixed period of therapy, though I also offer open-ended work.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA, Cantab (Law); Dipl Couns. & Psych; MA (Transp. Psych); Reg MBACP, UKCP accred.
I have a diploma, followed by a research Master's degree, in transpersonal counselling and psychotherapy. Earlier qualifications include a scholarship in classics, and a degree in law, at Cambridge University; a teaching fellowship at Univ. Chicago Law School, USA; and some 25 years dealing with conflict resolution as a barrister and then a mediator in London.
I have over 14 years' experience as a therapist. I became one about halfway through life, with the benefit of a wide and very diverse range of earlier client experience. I worked in the NHS for 8 years as a psychotherapist with the multidisciplinary Focus Homeless Outreach Team (Camden and Islington) gaining experience with complex cases in the community, clinically categorised as 'severe or enduring mental illness' . These included complex trauma, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other conditions. I am an assessor at EACS (Ealing, West London), one of the largest voluntary sector providers in the South-East, seeing and assessing a broad spectrum of clients for suitability for therapeutic intervention. I am a member of both the UKCP and the BACP.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are normally £60 - 75 per session depending on circumstances. A lower fee is sometimes available in special circumstances if normal fees are unaffordable.
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