These are not normal times - the World is shifting beneath our feet and we have no previous experience to guide us. There may be many reasons why you are visiting the Directory now but the chances are you will be seeking some support during the current crisis. At times like this other anxieties come to the surface, our grip on reality loosens as we try to make sense of what’s going on and can make us feel very afraid.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves -
This quotation from the amazing Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, could not be more apt in our current situation. Our priorities also change - we are more likely to be in survival mode than thinking about counselling.
However, if you would like to talk to someone now, perhaps about specific techniques for adapting to a different way of life as we emerge from total lockdown, or just to talk, please call me on 07505 995028 to see how I can help you, either now or in the future.
Although I have been offering only telephone counselling throughout this stage of self-isolation and lockdown, I will be resuming face-to-face counselling from Monday August 3rd. Telephone sessions will continue if preferred but please contact me if you are unsure and would like more information on what security measures I am putting in place.
Below you can find some more information about me if this helps you decide whether or not to get in touch. If you would like to know more about how I work, please visit my website at www.southfieldstherapy.co.uk. And thank you for reading my profile.
I work with adults and young people in a confidential and welcoming environment. My approach is an integrative one which means that I draw on different counselling theories and approaches to suit individual needs because we are all different. Your goals will be my goals; we will work together to achieve them.
Along with other therapists I believe that the key to successful therapy is the relationship between therapist and client; it is important for you to feel comfortable and safe. For that reason we can have an initial meeting to decide whether you would like to work with me. Approaching a counsellor can be pretty daunting and I will do my best to put you at ease, providing a non-judgemental space - a sounding board for unspoken thoughts maybe, or just a place to explore what is going on for you at this moment. If you prefer, you can also call me first for an informal chat and I will be happy to answer any concerns or questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB); Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB); BA, Sociology & Education, (OU); MSc (Hons), Distinction in Therapeutic Counselling, Greenwich University (BACP).
- As a Registered Member, MBACP, of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I adhere to their Ethical Framework for good practice and am committed to ongoing professional development to keep my skills and knowledge up to date.
Training and CPD in the last 18 months includes: Relational mindfulness; Working with trauma; Family dynamics and traumatic bonding; Attachment theory; Attachment and character strategies; Understanding and recognising the impact of domestic violence; Neuroscience in therapy; Existential counselling; The false self; Couples counselling; Working systemically with individuals; Use of self in the therapeutic encounter; The impact of child sexual abuse on adult survivors; Reducing conflict in relationships; Eating disorders.
My counselling experience includes: working with teenagers who have low self esteem; counselling women who suffer domestic abuse and trauma; helping people overcome depression and anxiety. I have also worked successfully with young adults on the autistic spectrum and with teenagers and adults who self harm, including eating disorders. Bereavement and loss have also been a large part of my work with clients in recent years and I am currently supporting clients experiencing panic attacks and generalised anxiety.
My first degree was in Sociology and Education and I have a strong interest in the context of people's lives - family, friends, work environment - all of which have a bearing on how we are in the world and how we relate to one another. I have been practising since 2010 and, as well as my private practice, I worked for many years in the Youth Service of a local community counselling agency, and for a women's centre in Surrey, offering both short and long term counselling.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Being too much in our head and ignoring what our heart tells us; seeking a sense of belonging
- wanting to be ourselves but scared of not conforming or of not fitting in, constantly wondering 'what is normal?'
- beating ourselves up with that inner highly critical voice; lacking self-worth, feeling guilty and ashamed
- I am also interested in transition stages - from teen to adult, young adults unsure of maturity, ageing and retirement issues.
£50 for a 60 minute session; initial assessment £40
Couples: £60 for 60 minute session; initial assessment £50
I can offer concessions for students and people on low income, so please contact me if you think you are eligible.
Concessions offered for
I am currently available at the following times:
Southfields clinic: Tuesday mornings 10.30-12.30pm; Wednesday mornings 10.30-12.30pm; Thursday afternoons 2-3pm.
However, if other times are more convenient, please let me know your own availability - I try to be as flexible as possible. Many thanks.