It may be that you are in the middle of a crisis, lost a job, or a loved one, struggling with difficult emotions, feeling lonely, depressed, stuck, anxious, lost, confused, and have no one to turn to for help. Or you may be experiencing a general sense of unhappiness, anxiety or dissatisfaction, unsure where these feelings come from and what they mean. I am a fully qualified psychotherapist and have over 18 years experience of helping people to clarify and resolve their difficulties. Whether you are facing a specific crisis or are feeling generally low, I offer the opportunity to talk about your thoughts and feelings in a safe, warm, non-judgmental and confidential setting.
My aim, as a therapist, is to listen, and help you understand the sources of your current problems and the meaning of what is happening for you. In our exploration together I will encourage you to share your feelings, reflect on where you are, who you are and how you want things to be. I will not judge you or tell you what to do, but help you free yourself of unwanted thought and behaviour patterns, and find new ways of coping and moving on.
What happens in sessions?
In sessions you will have a chance to talk about the things that bother you without fearing that it will be seen as evidence of some major failing on your part. We will explore all aspects of your current problem, its roots and origins, with an aim of helping you gain clarity and insight, and finding more healthy and satisfying ways of tackling it. We shall look together at the ways in which you interact with other people and events in your life and try to understand the dynamic.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced psychotherapist, registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and adhere to the Council's Code of Ethics and Practice, which requires the preservation of confidentiality about the client, as well as respect for the individual's needs and unique value and belief system.
I have over 18 years experience of working in a variety of settings within the public sector, including the NHS, Westminster Bereavement Service, the London Lighthouse, King's College Hospital, and in private practice.
For many years I was employed by a large London NHS General Practice where I worked therapeutically with individual clients who grappled with a wide range of personal problems which included anxiety and depression, addictions and compulsions, self-esteem issues, bereavement, eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia), sexual difficulties and problems with intimacy.
Since 2002 I have also worked in private practice from a conveniently located consulting room in West London (5 minutes from Acton Town tube station), and undertake long and short term work with individuals. I encourage you to contact me, by email or phone, if you have any further questions regarding my availability or fees. There are some concessions available to people on a low income and to students.
My professionally accredited four-year training has been with the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (Schiller International University, London) where I obtained an MA in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I also completed a two year advanced programme, and was awarded an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling from a highly reputable Regent's College, London. I am the author of several publications that can be found in the Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis (11.2, 2000; 12.1, 2001), and in Group Analysis, the Journal of Group-Analytic Psychotherapy (2002).
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life transitions; self-growth, self-development; spirituality; searching for meaning in life;
£60.00 per session
Concessions offered for
£60.00 per session
I provide concessions for clients on a low income, for keyworkers and for students.