I am a counsellor practising in Camberwell, South London.I aim to provide a welcoming space where you can talk through issues and explore feelings so that you can move forward in your life.
There are times in our lives when it can help to be able to talk things through with someone impartial. When we do this, even though these times may be difficult and challenging, we can grow through them and as a result be stronger than before.
An important part of counselling is the relationship between counsellor/therapist and client. Research into the effectiveness of counselling/therapy has shown that it is this relationship that, over time, helps the client to heal.
There are many different models of therapy to choose from. I work integratively as I do not believe there is one model of counselling or psychotherapy that helps everyone, as each person is an individual. My training and experience in therapy has been an integration of humanistic approaches , such as Person-Centred Counselling and Gestalt Therapy with psychodynamic approaches. I also have experience of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and can work with you in this way , if you so wish.
I aim to be sensitive to the cultural and ethnic origins of individuals and to people’s religious beliefs and sexual orientation.
I offer prospective clients an initial consultation which gives both of us the opportunity of considering whether we wish to work together. It is just as important that you feel comfortable with your therapist, as it is that your therapist feels able to work with you. I offer both short term counselling and longer term. If we decide to meet regularly you will be free to terminate your therapy at any time but if we have been meeting for eight sessions or more then I would require you to give two sessions notice so that issues related to ending can be discussed and some resolution take place. We can review your progress as and when you wish.
The opportunity to talk to a trained and experienced therapist can allow you the time and space for new possibilities to open up. I can work with you to help you think about yourself and how you live your life. Together we will aim to find clarity and understanding
It can be scary going to see a counsellor or therapist. After all, most of us pride ourselves on our ability to sort out our problems independently. But sometimes things seem to have got to the point where we realise we may need some outside support.
This could be because we're in a relationship that has hit serious problems, that we've been made redundant or experienced some other loss, or that we find ourselves dominated by unhelpful or self-destructive behaviour patterns.
Alternatively, there may be no crisis, just an uncomfortable feeling that we're on the wrong track in life and would like more fulfilment and meaning.
A commitment to counselling can help you:
- develop happier and more intimate relationships
- become clearer about what you want in life and more able to get your needs met in an appropriate way
- establish appropriate boundaries
- become more self-accepting and enthusiastic about life
- move away from self-destructive patterns and towards more healthy behaviour
I believe that counselling can help people to become happier and more self-accepting. A commitment to counselling can help you develop healthier and more intimate relationships in which you are able to get your needs met and also respect the needs of others. The process can also be a stepping stone towards valuing yourself more and becoming clearer about what you want in life and how to deal with the challenges that inevitably appear.
Counselling is a process that takes time, although you can begin noticing positive changes fairly quickly. Because it is a process there are times when you feel you are making lots of progress and other times when you might not appear to be getting anywhere. It is rather like learning a new skill.
It is usually helpful, to begin with, to meet regularly, ideally at the same time each week. If you are facing challenges it may make sense to continue weekly sessions but in other cases, we may move to fortnightly or even monthly meetings.
'The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change' - Carl Rogers
Training, qualifications & experience
For more than 25 years I worked as a probation officer in South London before taking early retirement. Prior to this I worked for a short time in aircraft design and in teaching outdoor pursuits. In my thirties a life crisis led to me entering therapy and, after working through a number of challenging issues, I decided to re-train as a counsellor. In 2009 I completed the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling at the Centre for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) in Hornsey, North London. For eight years I provided counselling/therapy on a voluntary basis at a GPs' surgery in Islington. I began working privately as a counsellor in the summer of 2011.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and subscribe to its code of ethics.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Concessions offered for
The fee is £40 for a one-hour session. I am happy to accept £25 per session if your income is relatively low.
I am available weekday daytime and evenings
I work from my home on Denmark Hill in Camberwell, which is within easy reach of Brixton, Kennington, Elephant and Castle, Peckham, Herne Hill and East Dulwich.
I am centrally located for the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. Denmark Hill is on numerous bus routes and Denmark Hill train station is five minutes walk away. There is sometimes car parking available on the forecourt.