The reasons to seek help vary from acute unhappiness to a vague sense of dissatisfaction. For some it is a willingness to understand themselves and others better, or to make sense of problematic relationships. Often clients arrive feeling lonely and isolated, unable to cope with trauma, grief and loss.
From an attachment theory perspective, our difficulties are mostly rooted in the way we were treated as children and those experiences need to be carefully explored. I offer a warm, safe and supportive environment in which to unpick those early attachments and childhood events, the effect of which form the blueprint of adult relationships.
The key element for a successful recovery is the relationship we develop over time. The work requires commitment and courage, even humour sometimes, but if you manage to engage in this unique process the results might be enjoyed for the rest of your life.
I believe a painful crisis can be turned into an opportunity for self discovery and growth.The aim is to increase enjoyment of life through better relations to the self and others, to learn strategies to cope with distress and to gain satisfaction from achievements.
I grew up in Spain but I have spent most of my adult life in the UK; as a result I am very interested in the cultural conflicts people bring to therapy, not only in the broader sense of their community and workplace but also within the realms of family life and close relationships.
I work with adults, adolescents and couples in English, Spanish and Italian.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are arranged usually once a week at a regular time. I offer open ended contracts, short and long term. Please call or email me so we can find out if I can provide what you are looking for.
I am a registered member of BACP and abide by their Code of Practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and training
Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-based Therapy (2016).
Diploma in Counselling (NHS) University of East London (1999).
Extensive professional development including short term counselling, trauma, depression, anxiety, bereavement, sexual abuse, safeguarding, transgender issues, sexual health, working with young adults, and termination of pregnancy.
Tavistock Course on the Development of Psychoanalytic Theory.
Psychodynamic Couples Counselling.
I have been qualified for 20 years. Before setting up my private practice I spent over a decade working as a young people counsellor within the voluntary sector. During the 90s I assisted families affected by HIV in the contexts of support groups and individual counselling post qualification. Before I trained as a therapist I worked as a journalist and bookseller.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£50 individual counselling (day time) £60 (after 6.30pm)
£70 couples counselling
Please call me if you feel you cannot afford the fees as I have a few daytime low cost slots.
On some instances I offer Skype counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Spanish and Italian|
Types of client