I have been practising for over 20 years, including privately, with a charity, and in the NHS. I work and have worked with people from different backgrounds and life experiences, offering both short, medium and long term individual (not couple) counselling. I work essentially with the integrative model, as I believe that integrating the essence of the many different approaches can be very helpful indeed.
I am based about five minutes away from Tooting Broadway tube station, in SW London. Easy transport links from neighbouring areas, such as Balham, Streatham, Clapham and Wimbledon, London.
I have been working with and experienced many kinds of therapeutic approaches and find that the ways of working (see further information below) are very effective. It is important in my view to appreciate that how we are as human beings and how we can help ourselves deal with day to day living and that this can be transformative. Some recent models which have developed out of mind-body centered therapies (mindfulness etc) in particular in my experience are very helpful and indeed can be transforming.
I have a lot of experience in the following areas:
- low self esteem
- feelings of helplessness
- relationship difficulties
- fear and existential issues
- dissociation and related experiences
- trauma etc
You can learn skills to be able to change your unhelpful patterns. Feelings and emotions can as a result feel more comfortable. This includes painful feelings and pain itself.
Joy can be sustainable and learnt. Even though we have experienced the most difficult of lives, so far. It is possible to connect or reconnect with happiness and learn to enjoy. To be able to turn your life experience completely around.
Remember; "You Start Where You Are Now."
Where you are now can be very helpful, as this can assist in showing you the way forward. More-so it can be helpful to be heard by someone who can enable you to learn where you are uniquely coming from. To be heard in a way that you can move on in a more fruitful way from where you are now.
The sessions are about talking about your life as you need to. You can reflect in a confidential setting about what is going on for you now, and in a way that can enable change. This can be quite liberating, so that you can learn how to enjoy life more.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma Counselling, 1995;
BA (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health, 1999;
BACP Accred, 2003;
Certificate Short Term Symptom Focused Psychotherapy, 2005
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Levels One and Two, 2016-18.
Many other courses in mindfulness, compassion focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)*, human givens, trauma; and other short courses.
*I am not fully trained in CBT.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
If some of the above are not highlighted then this does not necessarily mean that I cannot work with you on these areas. Please do ensure you clarify what it is you are experiencing so that we are both on the same page as to what is affecting you and whether I can help.
Some of the boxes ticked can be overgeneralised and it is not helpful for any misunderstandings between us.
Concessions offered for
I charge £35 per session during the day, and £45 from six pm.
Please not hesitate to ask for concessions.
Also, the first session is £15, so that you can find out whether I can be helpful.
Do feel free to discuss any thoughts about counselling and therapy on the telephone, or by e-mail. Tel: 0208 767 8563; text (only) 07986789893; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can e-mail at any time.
Weekday and evening appointments available.
We can learn, for instance, how to change in accordance with what we know about ourselves as human beings- and being human.
We can learn how not to give ourselves a hard or difficult time, as we try and deal with everyday pressures. This means instead we spend that time on learning to meet our needs more effectively and work towards achieving our goals more easily, effectively and enjoyably, and gain true strength within ourselves. Along with this, learning to be more in the moment (mindfulness) can be part of this way of learning to enjoy life. Even everyday chores can become more enjoyable, for instance! By being more in the moment we can actually reflect on our past in a way which can be more beneficial so as to make the future be more fruitful, and the present more comfortable. This can be enhanced more-so by listening and noticing what our body is saying to us (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy).
It can be also helpful to be able to learn some connections with your past experiences (e.g. psycho-dynamic model). However, there is much research that care is needed so that talking about the same experiences does not mean that it becomes more entrenched. What is helpful is to learn how to move on from your experiences by learning, for example, how to think more constructively (cognitive model).
Sometimes wondering whether life has meaning; the difficulties of feeling isolated; that it can be difficult to make choices, and about the limits of life and how to appreciate these (existential therapy). These can be explored if you wish to and discussed so as to learn how to live life more meaningfully and enjoyable.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) can be helpful for Trauma, including with attachment related problems. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy also can be helpful with trauma, as well as problems in general.
Problems with dissociation and parts, and personality difficulties can be helped, and is part of trauma.
Face to face therapy is preferable. However, during the current pandemic, teletherapy (zoom etc.), and telephone is good enough.
Please feel free to ask any questions.