Coronavirus: I am currently providing sessions using Skype
Finding the right type of help for your emotional health and wellbeing can be confusing and difficult, especially as decisions about help seeking might come during a stressful time or life event. There are no easy answers, and there are some wrong answers that can actually be damaging. Using the skill and knowledge that I have gained over the past 27 years, working within the NHS, the voluntary sector and private practice, I can help you find a path through your particular difficulties.
This is a particularly challenging time for everyone due to the Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing. It has left many people feeling anxious, uncertain and alone. Some people are in very difficult social situations, and others are on the front line caring for people with the illness or other vulnerabilities. Many people have lost loved ones. If you are looking for help with these difficulties I am here and available. I too work in the NHS so have an understanding of the impact on those caring for others and working under stress.
My particular specialism is medium to longer term psychotherapy for people who want to learn more about themselves and understand themselves, and gain insight into their emotional life and behaviour. I can provide a weekly, or more intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy experience. In this current situation I am able to provide short term support during this pandemic.
I start from a position of being committed to equality and recognise the struggle that people sometimes have with themselves. I work to help people remove the internal barriers to self acceptance and confidence.
I developed skill in psychotherapy over the last 27 years whilst working in the NHS and voluntary sector. As well as my NHS roles I have also worked at the Anna Freud Centre in Hampstead, helping adults, parents, families and young people with a range of issues. I have developed skills in a mentalization based approach and integrated these into my psychoanalytic clinical practice. I continue to teach professionals from a range of disciplines at the Anna Freud Centre and across the world.
I am a qualified and registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist having completed the Master of Clinical Science in Psychotherapy (MClinSci) and I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I have also completed a Master of Science (MSc) in The Psychodynamics of Human Development with the British Association of Psychotherapy and University of London.
I have experience helping people with a range of difficulties including:
- relationship issues
- past abuse
- anger management
- personality disorders
- parenting and family difficulties
I have worked with people across the age range from adolescents to people in later life. Many of my clients identify as LGBT+
I am a reliable and consistent person with the skills to listen and help you gain an understanding of your difficulties.
Here is some feedback from clients
“You have been a superstar and I can’t thank you enough...I was in a bad place...now I feel at lot better, thank you very much”
”I think about our work together often - I am hopeful for the future, comfortable in my skin, and no longer regretful of what I experienced when I was younger - I thank you from the very bottom of my heart”
"The interaction with you has been easy and helped put me at ease. Communication has been professional and prompt. Your advice throughout has been honest, reliable and extremely worthwhile. In a difficult time you knew exactly how to manage situations and make both my child and me, as a parent, feel at ease. I would hope not to need your services again but if so, I would not hesitate to reach out again or recommend to friends."
"I'd just like to pass on to you how much I really valued the sessions with you. I think they have really helped both of us. It was really nice to feel like we were leaving on a bit of a high note as well. We still have work to do, but I feel that overall we are communicating with each other in a much better way. So thank you so much for that. I have actually passed your details on to a friend of mine...........
Training, qualifications & experience
Master of Clinical Science in Psychotherapy (MClinSci) Master of Science (MSc) in the Psychodynamics of Human Development
I offer clinical supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors, therapists, psychologists and social workers.
In the NHS I gained experience of working with troubled teenagers including;
- young offenders
- young people involved in sexually harmful behaviour
- young people using drugs
- young people in care
- young people with moderate to severe mental health problems including deliberate self-harm
I supervise the clinical work of mental health specialists including;
- play therapists
- integrated child therapists
- clinical psychologists
- social workers
I can see clients in Egerton, near Ashford in Kent, and Lewisham, South East London.
UKCP Registration: 09160728
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees vary according to whether I am seeing clients in London or Kent, and whether the sessions are provided in peak time (early morning, early evening or Saturday), and according to the type of contract. The scale is between £45 - £65.