Choosing a therapist can seem daunting, with so many different types of therapies, training, accreditations on offer... Although a therapist's profile goes some way towards helping you choose, the initial session is truly where you will be able to get an idea of what it would feel like to work with me, ask all questions you need and I, in turn will be able to see whether I am best placed to help you.
I chose to train as an Integrative Psychotherapist, meaning that I can draw on many types of therapy in my way of working (psychodynamics, CBT, exitentialism, gestalt, body therapy...) because I do not believe that 'one size fits all' : human beings are not all the same, 'depression' or 'anxiety' or 'self-esteem' always express something unique about each of us which needs to be understood for change to happen. I will therefore work with you, as a unique individual with your own past and present history, body and mind, cultural, religious and gender differences.
First and foremost, a good relationship with your therapist is crucial for a successful outcome.
I am here to listen to you with compassion and without judgement, so that you can bring whatever troubles you, in all confidentiality. Whatever your story or background, you should feel valued, respected and heard, and able to explore what brought you to seek counselling at this point in your life.
Of course, please do not hesitate to contact me with any other question you might have.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Full Clinical Psychotherapist with the UKCP
MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)
Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)
BSc (Hons) in Psychology, the Open University
Graduate Member of the BPS.
I abide by the professional ethical code of conduct of the above professional bodies. Before training as a psychotherapist I worked for over 20 years in London in the banking industry, and I believe that this contributes to my pragmatic approach. I gained a Mastes in Integrative Psychotherapist from the world-renown Metanoia Institute and am trained to integrate a variety of approaches such as CBT, psychodynamics, Humanistic, Existentialist, Phenomenology, Gestalt, Body-Oriented Therapy, Mindfulness.
I have worked within both private practices and a large GPs' surgery, and have successfully helped clients of different gender, ages and cultural backgrounds for many different reasons, such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bi-polarity, relationship issues, bereavement, unresolved trauma.
I have been guest speaker at the Barnet Bipolar Group and run some talks/workshops and Wellbeing groups on mental health issues.
I have lived over 30 years in the UK and my first 21 in France and offer counselling in French too.
Si vous le souhaitez, je peux vous offrir une psychothérapie en français.
About my practice: I would normally see you weekly, and each session lasts for 50 minutes.
Counselling is usually the term used for a shorter, more symptoms and solution-focused approach, whilst psychotherapy allows a more in-depth approach, and more long-lasting change. I am trained to offer you either, according to your needs.
I can offer day-time and evening sessions.
The initial first session is an opportunity to discuss what brings you to therapy and for us to assess if I can help you, how we can work together and for you to get a flavour of what therapy might feel like. You will have the opportunity to ask me any questions you might have and then you can decide if you want to go ahead with me as your therapist. There is absolutely no obligation to see me further than this first session. If you do though, then we normally meet weekly, at a mutual convenient day and time.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
My fees are £60 for a 50 minute session.
£50 concession rate for therapy students
evening and day time sessions available
My practice is within easy walking distance of all public transport:
Train: New Barnet Station, 10 minutes walk
Tube: High Barnet , 10 minutes walk
Buses: 84, 107, 307, 263, 326, 34,184 all stop nearby.
Free street parking.