I offer long and short-term counselling to people seeking support to work through some of the many difficulties and challenges that life presents us with. A new job, relationship issues, the loss of a parent, long-term health issues, family issues, the birth or loss of a child - all these and many other life events can bring up unexpected or difficult emotions. We can feel dragged down by depression or overwhelmed with anxiety following major life events, or sometimes just start to feel that life is unsatisfying and that we need to take steps to feel more fully present in our own lives. I offer a space for reflection on all the things life throws at us, or indeed has thrown at us in the past but that may still be bothering or affecting us.
Counselling offers the opportunity to pause and reflect on things, and hopefully to gain some insight into who we are and the way we manage life events. The therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client is very important to the way I work, and for that reason I offer a free initial appointment to anyone thinking about starting counselling. Come and meet me for half an hour and then decide if you think we can work together.
Sometimes a few sessions can be enough to move forward, and sometimes longer-term work allows more room to explore issues that might relate to childhood or the past.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained my Counselling Diploma from the Gestalt Centre in London in 2004, and am BACP Accredited. I see people privately in Greenwich in a community centre.
Prior to re-training as a counsellor I worked for many years in a large public sector organisation. I initially undertook an Introduction to Counselling Certificate, and volunteered with The Samaritans. I then did my Counselling Diploma, doing my course placement with Cruse Bereavement Care. After completing my studies I gained experience working with students in a university setting and with children, as well as a number of years working in an NHS setting seeing people with long-term health issues.
I have experience with issues such as bereavement, loss, sexual abuse and coping with divorce and separation. I have also worked with mothers coping with issues that arise after the birth of their children, and the changes in status that come with motherhood. I incorporate ideas about Mindfulness into my work if appropriate.
I have several years experience working with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Motor Neurone Disease (MND) patients, and have gained an insight into the psychological challenges faced by people with these long-term illnesses. Depression, loss, coming to terms with the diagnosis, and the insecurity of the future are common themes.
Every year I undertake continuous professional development to support my work and encourage reflection, and I undertake regular Supervision of my work.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Coping with long-term illness such as MS or Motor Neurone Disease.
My fees are: £65 for an evening appointment, reduced to £55 if you can come during the day. I also offer a limited number of lower cost appointments, and would be happy to discuss these.
Because the relationship between counsellor and client is an important element of the way I work I offer a free initial appointment, only asking people to pay £10 towards the cost of the room. That gives both the client and myself the opportunity to see whether we think we can work fruitfully together.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have daytime appointments available on Wednesdays, and evening appointments most evenings.
Types of client