Counselling and psychotherapy in Finsbury Park and London Bridge
I have been working with individuals and groups for the last twenty years and have held a private psychotherapy practice since 2007.
I would describe my orientation as psychoanalytic from within a contemplative perspective. By this I mean that I subscribe to the idea of an unconscious and believe that events and attitudes from early life can impact on our lives today. I understand that an awareness of these currents helps to increase the choices available to us. Yet I also know, as a long-time meditator, that paying attention in a non-judgemental fashion enables previously unbearable experiences to be borne and new possibilities discovered. I provide a safe space in which these experiences can be explored.
I have also worked for many years within NHS hospitals so have an understanding of the challenges of working in large organisations.
I have worked with many issues including:
- autistic spectrum
- bipolar disorders
- obsession and obsessive compulsive disorder
- personality disorder
- psychosis and psychotic episodes
- relationship issues
- searching for a sense of meaning
- sexual identity
- spiritual crises
- struggling with conflict and indecision
Training, qualifications & experience
After initially gaining a counselling certificate in 1994, my experience has included:
- working with rough sleepers with substance abuse problems (1994-2000)
- running meditation retreats (2003-2011)
- bereavement counselling (2003-2007)
- groupwork for men at the Core Trust addiction treatment centre (2004-2008)
- psychotherapy with individuals suffering from psychosis at St James House mental health project (2008-2012)
- private practice psychotherapy (2007- ongoing)
Accredited as psychoanalytic psychotherapist through:
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy - CPJA
- Association of Independent Psychotherapists
- Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy
- College of Psychoanalysts - UK
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
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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
From £80.00 to £120.00
Fees start from £80 and are negotiated depending on commitment, frequency and ability to pay.