*** I find that online counselling can work very well with both individuals and couples and it is possible to develop a warm, therapeutic relationship. I use Zoom, Facetime and VSee. ***
Coronavirus and relationship therapy:
At this difficult time, many couples are struggling to stay close and supportive of each other with so many stressful changes in their lives. They find themselves thrown together with little support from outside and additional pressures relating to children, finances and health concerns and often little space or privacy. Couples therapy can help to provide a safe forum to discuss everything.
It is often difficult for people to know how to resolve difficulties around sex and relationships. They can feel hopeless, embarrassed, ashamed or all of these. I see clients, either on their own, or in couples, to work on these problems in what I hope is a reassuring but down-to-earth way. I offer help with either sexual or relationship problems but usually the two are inter-linked and sometimes other problems such as depression or anxiety also need to be considered.
I have 20 years experience as a psychotherapist in private practice with individuals and couples. I have taken extensive training in psychosexual and relationship therapy. My work is founded in a humanistic, integrative approach. I see it as essential to have a rounded understanding of the individual or couple, putting in context the issues they present. Although I may use CBT tools, techniques and homework tasks, as they seem appropriate for the clients, I see empathy as fundamental to therapy.
Couples often come because of continuing conflict. They may also have specific sexual difficulties. I will work with them on their communication techniques as well as focusing on the underlying issues. Similarly, individuals bring depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues, as well as problems with partners, work colleagues, friends and families. Often people come, individually or as a couple,because of affairs or sex addiction.
I also enjoy working with young people, having taken a diploma in working with adolescents and worked in a school and with Childline. Occasionally, I have worked with parents and young people together, helping them to find a more effective way of communicating and to get to the bottom of their difficulties.
I am the Course Director of the Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy Skills and Theories, situated in Regent's University, Regent's Park, London, teaching counselling skills throughout the year. I also train for the London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy and am one of the tutors. I occasionally deliver training days for NAOS.
I have a large supervision practice, supervising both individual therapists and specialist psychosexual and relationship therapists. I also work as the nominated psychosexual and relationship supervisor for a counselling charity.
Mediation/ Dispute Resolution
In addition to my work as a therapist, I have also set up Relationship Resolve London with a fellow couples therapist, since we both qualified and gained experience as family mediators. We now offer a service where we work together to help resolve family or relationship rifts quickly, in an intensive way, focussing on reaching goals through effective communication, without any reference to litigation.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Certificate in Psychosexual and Relationship Psychotherapy
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy and Psychotherapy, with Distinction, School of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Whittington Hospital
- Certificate in the fundamentals of Family Mediation, ADRg
- COSRT supervisor accreditation attained (no. 085)
- Diploma in Supervision and Consultancy, the Grove Consultancy (Regent’s College).
- Diploma in Working with Adolescents, Westminster Pastoral Foundation
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.
All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
My standard fee for daytime is £70 and evening is £80.
I offer a number of low fee places for daytime sessions for students and the unemployed.
Monday to Thursday daytimes and evenings from 8am to 10pm
Parking is usually available outside.
Bus routes 102 and 299 and 184 are nearby as are the 134 and 43.
Bounds Green station (Piccadilly Line) is 15 minutes walk away or a short bus journey.