Choosing a therapist can be daunting, especially when you may be anxious and at a low ebb. If you’ve had no experience of working with one before it can be difficult to know who to choose. One of the most important things is to choose someone you feel comfortable with.
My approach is to provide a warm, safe and confidential space for reflection; allowing you to explore your difficulties without judgement. You could feel there is no one to share these with or you may find it too difficult to talk to family and friends because you want to protect them or they may be too close to the problem. I will be your advocate, but not take over or direct you to solutions, helping you find your own answers and ways forward with what might be difficult relationships, troubling internal conflicts or challenging life circumstances.
My therapeutic approach is Integrative and my core training is Person-Centred. As part of my professional development I have experience of many of the major schools of psychotherapy. I am therefore able to include aspects of these when it is helpful for you, for example, elements of Gestalt, CBT, Mindfulness and Neuroscience.
For 17 years, I worked in Relationship Management in the Corporate world. However, my family’s legacy of trauma, anxiety and premature death led me to seek therapy. This caused a shift in my priorities and led to my change of career.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma and a BA Hons in Person-Centred Counselling from Metanoia Institute and am a Registered Member of the BACP. I work with adults from age 18 upwards, around a wide range of issues and am currently a counsellor at:
The Mulberry Centre - supporting those affected by cancer or bereavement. For example, coming to terms with a different ‘you’; with how your relationship to your family, work and view of life may have changed.
Kingston Women’s Centre - supporting women with issues such as abuse, addiction, alcoholism, anxiety, attachment issues, depression, eating disorders, OCD, ME/chronic fatigue syndrome, relationship issues, self-harm, sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts and trauma.
As well as being a therapist, I am a Masters level qualified Psychological Coach and work with executives on leadership, developmental and well-being challenges.
Lastly, I am a Trustee of ACT International, a charity that trains and supports local people and NGO staff to treat children and young people traumatised by conflict, violence and war. For the last 10 years we have run programmes in the UK, Africa, Middle East and Far East.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Within the context of work I can offer support with issues such as:
Stress and feeling overwhelmed
Lack of work/life balance
Lack of confidence
Sleeplessness and exhaustion
Addiction, for example, to alcohol, food, exercise or work
Being over reactive
Feelings of dissatisfaction or pointlessness
Managing work and life around a serious illness or a bereavement
I offer both long and short term counselling and prices vary from £60 to £80 depending upon location. Some concessions are available. Please call or e-mail for an initial conversation. Then, if you would like, we can meet for a free no-obligation introductory session of 30 minutes. It’s a chance for us to meet and see whether we feel comfortable and would like to work together.
I practice counselling at two locations.
The Teddington TW11 location is about 10 minutes walk from Teddington, Strawberry Hill and Fulwell train stations. It is served by many buses e.g. 33, 281, 481 and 285, and there is free on street parking.
The Fitzrovia W1T clinic is a short walk from Tottenham Court Rd and Goodge St Tube Stations.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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At Teddington I have availability weekdays and evenings. At Fitzrovia I am available Thursdays between 4pm to 9pm, this is due to expand very soon.
Types of client