This is a difficult and strange time. Some of us, including me, are feeling stress from the pandemic. Let’s talk about this. You may be feeling lonely, depressed or helpless. Tell me about it. Talking helps. I’m a good listener.
Many of us suffer from anxiety. It is important to know what triggers this. Talking with Me may help you discover the root of your anxiety. Together we could work out strategies to deal with your anxieties.
Sometimes anxiety is a cause of difficulty in a relationship or the relationship causes anxiety. Let’s find out.
Do you need to talk in confidentiality about a problem?
Is facing your difficulties alone too much to bear?
Do you avoid facing them by using alcohol and/or drugs?
Counselling/psychotherapy can help you look at your problems and seek options to help you with them. Your past and your present days are instrumental in your well being and your sense of self. Examining these can uncover issues about which you are unsure. Talking about your problems can release you of their power and diffuse the energy that they sap from you.
Counselling also helps you to understand yourself better.
Feel free to contact me to discuss your counselling issues and needs.
Is anxiety interrupting your sleep?
People in crisis often suffer from poor sleep cycles. Is this you? I qualified not only as an integrative therapist, but also as a sleep therapist.
Inadequate sleep seems to be a modern disease. A fast-paced lifestyle, overstimulation, shift work and other interferences can lead to sleep disturbances and insomnia (no or very little sleep).
Understanding about sleep hygiene, how and why we sleep are important routes to overcoming sleep disturbances and insomnia. Being unable to sleep is detrimental to your physical as well as your mental health. It will effect your sense of well being, your efficacy at work, your memory, your bodily functions and your relationships.
I can analyse your sleeping style, explain how we can develop better sleep habits and counsel you for any problems from the past or present
Who can help?
I am qualified to see adult clients over 18.
I welcome couples as well as individuals.
My clients usually come to therapy on the same day and at the same time each week, but I try to be flexible when this is not possible.
Trainee counsellors and psychotherapists very welcome
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Counselling
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
- MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling.
- CBTi (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Insomnia)
I am qualified to work with both individuals over the age of 18 years.
I started my employed life as a secondary school science teacher in London (PGCE). I have an MA in Science Education and became an educational researcher. In 2007, I retrained to become an Integrative psychotherapist/counsellor (MA Psych). I worked for two years in a NHS mental health charitable organisation based in North-west London. I have had a private practice in psychotherapy in London for many years. After noting that many, many people suffer from poor sleep, I trained to be a sleep therapist (CBTi).
Although not born here, I have lived in London for most of my life, and have worked with people of many different backgrounds, cultures and ages. I have travelled quite a lot, have a mixed family culture and a keen interest in politics and issues outside of psychotherapy. These, I feel, are very useful attributes for my practice and my clients. Many of my clients have come from the other countries of the EU and Commonwealth and although I feel my background has helped in understanding some of what they have gone through, I have felt they have taught me so much about other cultures, including what it is like to be Black or Asian and categorised as an Ethnic Minority person in this country.
I trained at the Minster Centre and have up to date insurance, and update my work with regular Continual Professional Development (CPD).
I have two sons, both grown up now, and two adopted grandsons so far.
My interests are the arts: ballet, theatre, cinema, fine art. I also like mountain walking, skiing, gardening and am very interested in other cultures and countries.
Currently, I hold a position on the editorial board of the online journal, Contemporary Psychotherapy (www.contemporarypsychotherapy.org), on which I read and edit many psychological texts. I have been part of this journal since its inception in 2009.
I am also able to offer to proof read and edit other texts.
I am a registered member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have an interest in autism and Asperger's Syndrome (although I am not qualified to offer therapy for people with these conditions). I would offer a client who is worried about this condition some help if requested.
I am particularly interested in helping people to sleep better.
I can also proof read documents and essays. The fee is 1p per word.
£50 per 50 minute session for an individual.
£80 per session for couples (these will be longer than 50 minutes).
1p per word for proof reading and editing texts and documents.
Fees can be transferred using my bank details.
Concessions offered for
I have been London based until recently.
My practice used to be based in N W London, but I can now take clients online from any areas of the country. I use Zoom or Skype or WhatsApp for online clients. Or we can be in touch using the telephone. Usually one of these will work.