Counselling and Psychotherapy in NW London - easily accessible from areas including Camden, Belsize Park, Kilburn, West Hampstead, Swiss Cottage, Hampstead, St Johns Wood, Maida Vale, Warwick Avenue & Paddington.
I provide counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment to explore life’s difficulties and challenges. I offer an experienced listening ear and a supportive approach.
Life has it's ups and downs and I believe that there is no shame in saying that you need help with emotional difficulties. I've had to overcome life crises of my own and these experiences help me to empathise with other people’s struggles.
I work with individuals on an open-ended basis as a psychotherapist or for an agreed time period as a counsellor, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully. By looking at our unconscious thoughts, dreams and behaviour, we can gradually develop insight and stop repeating the things that hold us back from being all we can be.
I have worked in private business and management for over twenty years. I understand the pressures and stresses that juggling work and home life can bring.
Having worked for over a decade in a voluntary capacity with people suffering from depression and mental health problems, I will not judge how you are feeling.
You do not have to have mental health issues to enter counselling and psychotherapy. My own experience is that we can all benefit from understanding ourselves better.
Although not a Buddhist, I practice meditation, breathing exercises and mindfulness.
I can help you explore:
- Stress - life can often create stressful situations we need help with
- Relationships - either at home or work, relationships are often hard to manage
- Panic Attacks - having a panic attack can be frightening, but together we can manage them
- Anxiety - experiencing anxiety makes everything else in life hard to cope with, sometimes it is because you need to talk something through
- Bereavement - loss is something that everyone overcomes in their own time and way and having confidential support helps with the process
- Redundancy - being made redundant is another form of loss that other people sometimes don't understand
- Depression - it is common to experience depression at some stage in your life, I offer a space to understand why you feel depressed and being able to explore it
- Addiction - there are ways that you can start to look at triggers to addiction and I can show and support you in starting to change behaviour patterns
- Mental health issues - nothing to be ashamed about - at least 25% of the population will suffer at some time in their lives - let's talk about it
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a range of professional qualifications and affiliations within this field:
- Qualified member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Certificate in Fundamentals of Counselling and Psychotherapy 2007
- Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy 2011
- M.A.(Middlesex University, Essex, 1992)
- B.A. (Hons., 2.1, King's College, University of London, 1991)
- Ongoing continuing professional development in related areas e.g. working with dreams, drama therapy, working with dementia
I have had over a decade of experience working in a voluntary context with people experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression and mental health problems.
I have worked in the following places and with the following areas of specialisation:
- Hillingdon Action Group for Addiction Management (Hagam) - drug and alcohol counselling
- Samaritans - supporting the depressed and suicidal in society, including HMP Holloway
- Women & Health - offering low-cost long-term therapy to women in North London
- Maytree Respite Home - providing residential support to the suicidal
- Kingston Women's Centre - supporting women with low-cost long-term therapy
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge a fee of £75 per session.
Frequently Asked Questions
Contacting a therapist for the first time can daunting and sometimes it can be hard to do. It takes courage. It can feel like a big step into the unknown.
Here is a guide which will hopefully reassure you in this process.
1. Initial contact
I am the only person who accesses this ‘phone and email address. This means that you can be assured of total confidentiality.
When you first get in touch, please leave the following details:
•Your contact email / telephone number
•Any special instructions e.g. convenient times to call, whether it is ok to leave a message when calling etc
I tend to just say I am responding to your enquiry when I leave messages – just in case you don’t want others sharing your number / email address to know you have been in touch.
2. Telephone conversation
This conversation can be brief, and confirm:
•Appointment time and date
It is natural to want to chat briefly and to see if you feel comfortable talking to me.
3. Our first meeting
When we first meet, we will explore what you want to achieve in counselling or psychotherapy. If you’re still not sure which is appropriate, that can be discussed too, as well as any questions you have.
Don’t worry if you are early for your appointment – the locations that I work from have receptions where you can wait. During this first meeting, a decision can be made whether we can work together. You can then arrange the time and day of your regular weekly session.