Kingston Upon Thames
Starting counselling can feel daunting, so my work is to create a safe, non-judgemental space in which you can feel secure, supported and understood. As a relational counsellor, the relationship created between us plays a significant part in the counselling process and our work together. I use my integrative training creatively, which allows me to draw upon my knowledge of a range of counselling modalities, including person centred, psychodynamic and CBT, to tailor my approach to your specific needs and circumstances. Through my humanistic values I encourage clients to reach their own potential as I believe that we all hold the answers within.
During our work together, we will explore and process the difficulties you are experiencing. We are all affected by life's journey and often have deep-rooted, painful issues that can prevent us from reaching our potential and establishing and maintaining healthy relationships. Counselling is a process rather than an event and it can take time – there is no “quick fix”. I believe a better understanding of ourselves, our process and our defences make for healing and growth.
Often taking the first step and seeking support is the hardest so I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation, so you can get a sense of how we may connect. As I feel the relationship is key to successful therapeutic change, our first session is at a reduced rate and will be an opportunity for us to assess whether we feel we can work well together and there is no obligation. During the initial session we will talk about your situation, what you are seeking from therapy and your background, as well as how we could work together towards your personal goals for therapy. These can be short-term goals, such as developing coping strategies or having support for a specific difficulty in your life, or goals that require longer-term work and open-ended therapy, such as on-going life situation, childhood trauma or multiple stressors in your life. If we feel we both want to continue, a contract will then be signed considering whether we feel short-term (6-12 weeks) or longer, open-ended therapy is most suited to your needs. Sessions are weekly and 50-minutes long.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology
- Post-graduate MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychology
- Registered member of BACP
- Kingston Women’s Centre: Offering long term individual counselling to women
- NHS Putneymead Group Medical Centre: Offering short term individual counselling and longer-term group therapy sessions to the practice’s patients
- Private Practice based in Kingston upon Thames: Offering short or open ended individual counselling
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Initial 15 minute phone consultation = free
Weekly sessions = £50
I offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions for those on a low income.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm (with the last session starting at 7pm)
Types of client