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.
My counselling approach is Integrative. My core training is Person-Centred and as part of my professional development I have received training in a wide range of other therapeutic approaches. I integrate elements of these when it is helpful for the client, for example, elements of Gestalt, CBT, Mindfulness and Neuroscience.
I have found this approach helpful in order to help clients gain a broad insight and feel for what is troubling them. To begin to understand why they have the self-limiting thoughts, behaviours, emotions and/or physical reactions they do; and to move away from feelings like anxiety, low mood, self-blame or confusion. Working together could open up the possibility of a new freer relationship to yourself for example with more self-understanding, greater trust in yourself and less anxiety.
I am deeply committed to my counselling practice and supporting my clients to achieve their counselling goals. To this end I support my well-being as a therapist by practicing Mindfulness, Yoga and walking the family labradoodle. Also I am in regular supervision and follow the BACP ethical guidelines.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from Metanoia Institute and am a Registered Member of the BACP. I am a counsellor at a number of charities. Formerly working with teenagers and young people; and currently working with adults who have Cancer, Bereavement and Trauma related issues.
I previously come from a senior corporate background in global account management and engineering and have specific experience of counselling individuals with work problems as well as general life challenges. I have worked with individuals from all different cultures and I been an executive and psychological coach, and a tutor for a number of years.
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
- Learning difficulties
- 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 depending on location ranging from £60 to £80. Some concessions available. Please call or e-mail for an initial conversation. I usually then suggest we meet for a no-obligation introductory session of 30 minutes. I don’t charge for this session. It’s a chance for us to meet and see whether we feel comfortable and would like to work together. As finding a therapist you feel you can trust and be open with is fundamental to successful therapy.
I offer counselling at two locations. The Teddington 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 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.
Types of client