I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist. I offer counselling and psychotherapy in London Bridge, West Norwood and Forest Hill. I offer short-term and long-term psychotherapy, depending on your needs.
I believe that everyone deserves to have someone in their lives who can listen compassionately and hold a space of non-judgemental understanding. I try to offer that space, first and foremost. Through psychotherapy you can make sense of your past and present situation. In order to do that we often need someone who is able to see our good qualities and our innate wisdom (which many people often disregard), as well as understand where things have been difficult.
Ultimately, the purpose of psychotherapy is to support your growth. Psychotherapy is not always easy. Therefore, it is important to find the right person for you: someone who you can trust and who you feel safe with; someone who values you and your potential. If you feel we could work together, I would like to offer that space for you.
Through psychotherapy, it is possible to feel better, as well as approach your life and relationships with more awareness, self-esteem, direction and purpose. This has been my experience and the experience of many of my clients. It takes work, but real change is possible, no matter how you feel now.
As an integrative psychotherapist, I use a number of well researched and proven approaches (including humanistic, gestalt and relational/intersubjective psychodynamic), as well as draw on recent neuropsychological and trauma research. The underlying core of my approach is based on respecting your needs and safety. Different things work for different people, so let's speak about what you would like to get out of therapy and whether I can support you to achieve a better life.
Issues I work with
I work with a range of issues, including:
- Loss of meaning / purpose
- Relationship issues
- Obsessive thoughts
- Bipolar issues (cycling 'up' and 'down' feelings and behaviour)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sexual issues / sexuality
- Hearing voices / seeing things others can't see/hear (functional psychosis)
- Low self-esteem
- Shame / feelings of guilt
- Critical inner voices
- Work problems
- Pornography addiction
- Sexual abuse / childhood physical abuse
- Panic attacks
- Overwhelming distress
- Past trauma / PTSD
- Domestic abuse
- Anger management
- Substance addictions / alcohol use
- Negative effects of discrimination (disability, race, gender, sexuality)
- Spiritual crisis / growth
I see people in the evening and weekends, as well as daytime appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully accredited UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) Clinical Psychotherapist member. I am also a BPS (British Psychological Society) Counselling Psychologist in training, and an accredited secular mindfulness teacher.
I have 15+ years of experience working in mental health.
12+ years seeing psychotherapy clients.
I have a special research interest in hearing voices (which is the topic of my doctoral research) and have extensive experience of working with people with severe mental health diagnoses and trauma, outside of NHS settings.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
£45-80 depending on location and time of session.
Limited low cost sessions available for people with a low household income, who are disabled, or who have multiple/severe mental health needs.
I charge less for daytime sessions than evenings and weekends.
The initial session is free.
Sessions last for 50 minutes. I offer longer sessions if needed.
A little more about me
I have a background working in the voluntary sector (charities), firstly with children with autism and then with a range of adult services including housing support, substance misuse, ex-offender and mental health services. As I worked with people I saw that often the emotional issues and trauma they were dealing with required more support.
At the same time I had been receiving therapy myself (the best preparation for being a therapist) and saw the impact that this had on my life and relationships. Training as a psychotherapist and counselling psychologist seemed like a natural thing to do. It is a decision I have never regretted.
I am still active in the voluntary sector and divide my time between community-based work and my private practice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I ascribe to the social model of disability. Please let me know your accessibility requirements.
Daytime, evening and weekend sessions.
Types of client