Hello and welcome to this page. I am a qualified counsellor working in Lewisham , on the border of Blackheath and Lee, not far from Ladywell, Hither Green, Kilbrooke, Greenwich and Catford. My practice, in The Gatehouse is a place at 'the threshold', a space 'in between', set aside for counselling.
Most of us have times when we are confused, overwhelmed, anxious or in pain. May be your usual ways of coping don’t work any more or you are wrestling with feeling low, with something that happened in the past or with what is happening in your life right now like a bereavement , illness , losing your job, or relationship difficulties. Sometimes we have no specific issue but a more general feeling of dissatisfaction, boredom or unhappiness and that there is more to life then what it is and has been so far.
At such times speaking with someone not directly involved, outside our circle of friends and family can help. I know from experience that seeing a counsellor helps. I was nervous though, to talk with someone I did not know about my difficulties. Yet week by week having the space and time and someone to talk to who listened and was interested in what I said helped me come through my difficulties.
I trained in Psychosynthesis Counselling because of its interest in our personality: thoughts, feelings, sensations,...; our potential: dreams, longings,... as well as our life: family, culture, social background, … and because it draws on many counselling schools and models. This allows me to work with each person according to their uniqueness and needs.
My aim is to provide a safe, supportive, caring and confidential place for you to talk about your concerns, troubles and difficulties and to listen to what you say attentively and empathy. Together we will explore what you bring, at your pace. Through this you will gain a new perspective and more understanding about yourself, your relationships and your life. It will also enable you to make more positive changes and choices and be more contented / fulfilled/ at peace with your life..
We will take time to form a relationship built on trust so that you can be more and more at ease to say what you want and need. Our work together will be by way of conversations. I might also suggest methods like drawing or and visualisation, only if appropriate and after discussing this with you.
Working with what you bring might also lead us to explore some of your past experiences, how they impact your life right now as well as your potential, aspirations, longings and how you would like your life to be.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Training
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling from the University of East London Graduate -
- Certificate in Psychosynthesis Foundation from the University of East London
- Diploma in the Application of Psychodynamic Theory to the Principles of Counselling form
Wesminster Pastoral Foundation
- Certificate In Counselling Skills and Attitudes form The Wesminster Pastoral Foundation.
I worked 12 years in oncology and palliative care at St Thomas' and Guy's Hospital and I am therefore experienced in working with people from many different backgrounds, world views and cultures. I then worked 2 years in the counselling service for people affected by cancer and their careers. at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital.
During this time I attended CPD( continuous professional development) courses on bereavement, death and dying, working with cancer patients, spiritual needs and spiritual care, culture and diversity issues.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am in monthly .supervision and continue to attend courses, lectures and trainings as part of my continuous professional and personal development ( CPD).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
existential questioning, search for meaning, life crisis and transitions, change, aging, wounding, neglect, feeling bored, stuck, unsatisfied, wanting to become who you really are, wanting to live your life more fully
You can contact me by phone or email for an informal chat or to arrange an initial meeting. I will call you back or email you as soon as possible. Our initial meeting will be an opportunity, for us to meet, get to know each other and explore together what brings you to counselling and for you to ask me any questions you have. At the end of the meeting we will discuss how we might work together. If we then decide to work together we will agree our contract which will make clear the confidential nature of our meetings, the cancellation policy and the day and time of our weekly meetings.
I work with adults
each one hour session - £45
The gatehouse is a small house, with its own entrance and counselling room. Parking is free.
Bus 89, 108 and 54 stop on the door step. By foot Lewisham station is 10 mn away and Blackheath station 7mn. Lewisham DLR is 10mn away , therefore it is easlily accessible from Canary Wharf. It is accessible by train from Central London via London Bridge ( 8mn), Canon Street (10mn), Waterloo East (11mn) and Charing Cross (16mn) and by car from Kent and the South East via the A20.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|