I am an individual and group psychotherapist with 20 years NHS & private practice experience. I can provide a safe & reflective therapeutic space in which to explore and understand a range of emotional problems such as stress, low mood, relationships, self-esteem, eating, trauma & loss. I have worked in GP surgeries as a primary care counsellor and as consultant psychotherapist in Central & North West London NHS Trust.
I began my career with a BA degree in Social Psychology, after which I worked in a number of mental health settings, including residential and day-care, and developed my interest and understanding in the origins of mental health problems. After exploring various types of therapy I was most drawn to the psychoanalytic approach as I feel it is the most potent and effective way to help people to overcome deeply entrenched emotional problems.
About my individual psychotherapy practice
While I trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, I also offer psychodynamic counselling, adapting my approach to your problems as they present themselves. My approach is based on the understanding that difficult experiences in the past can continue to affect the way we feel and behave in the present. This will help you to change how you feel about yourself and other significant people in your life and lead to a reduction in your distressing symptoms.
My private consulting room is in Queens Park, close to the Bakerloo Line and the Overground.
About my psychotherapy groups
Group psychotherapy is about the essentially social nature of human beings. The group enables people to feel included and connected, and to overcome any sense of isolation and loneliness. It also enables a greater understanding of your important relationships by focusing on how you are relating within the group. In the group you are likely to feel that you can see aspects of yourself through how others are acting. By giving and receiving feedback on this you will gain a number of perspectives on yourself, and feel a closer connection with others. This can help you to find your voice in your family, work and social groups outside, and to develop a stronger sense of your own identity, as well as help you to improve the quality of your relationships and feel more secure in yourself.
My groups take place in Swiss Cottage. My once weekly group is on Tuesdays from 7.00pm to 8.30pm and my twice weekly group is on Mondays from 6.45pm to 8.15pm and Thursdays from 7.15am to 8.45am.
The group has a maximum of 8 members who have agreed to stay in the group for at least one year. All group members agree to maintain confidentiality.
About reflective practice groups
This is a service I provide for teams in the workplace. It involves a tailor-made intervention which is likely to include a series of meetings with the team in which they are assisted in reflecting on the experience of working together with a view to addressing any problems that are impeding the team's effectiveness. The aim is to unblock any obstacles to working creatively, and to improve the team's capacity to communicate.
If you are interested in what I might be able to offer you, you are welcome to contact me by phone or email, and we can arrange to meet for an initial consultation during which we can discuss how I might be able to help you, and whether a group or individual therapy would suit you best.
Training, qualifications & experience
Years in practice
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: British Association of Psychotherapists (2000)
Group Analytic Psychotherapy: Turvey Institute of Group Psychology (2009)
Seminars in Psychotherapy: Tavistock Clinic (1989)
British Psychoanalytic Council
British Psychotherapy Foundation
Institute of Group Analysis
Inner City Centre
Group Analytic Network, London
Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists
Practitioner in Mentalisation Based Therapy
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Trainer
Group Analyst Trainer
Supervisor for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Trainees & Group Analytic Trainees
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My normal fee is £70 per session for individual therapy. A lower fee may be negotiable, depending on the frequency of sessions and time of day.
My fee for group therapy is £40 per session for the once weekly group and £35 per session for the twice weekly group. I also have places for reduced fee patients.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a BPC Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Senior Member of BPF.View supervision profile