I am an Integrative Psychotherapist with over 12 years of experience in the field. I have worked with individuals, couples and groups presenting with many issues including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, loss and relationship problems. I have also worked across various ethnic/cultural groups and am well attuned to differences in values/faith which shape life decisions/experiences.
I begin by exploring my client's current needs and goals to provide a framework for therapy. As we progress forward, depending on where the client is at, I may guide them to identify factors that are blocking personal growth. This may involve exploring ones's past, bringing to the surface any past experiences which have been repressed and now manifesting in wider problems.
I aim to be very client-led and place my client at the centre of the therapeutic process. You can expect to feel safe and respected regardless of your background or circumstances. Often clients have difficulty deciding if they actually need therapy, the consultation is tailored to support this decision process and offer you the level of help needed. This may include short-term or long-term work.
Having worked with such a wide range of client groups, I have identified 'loss' as a common theme in therapy. Loss does not necessarily refer to the death of a close one, but often there is a loss of an expectation that one grieves for, due to life not having turned out as planned. Perhaps we had a fixed idea of who we wanted to be, what our ideal life partner would be like, having a family etc. When these things do not fall into plan, we can experience a deep loss or anxiety.
Through therapy, one may come to recognise the gap between previous expectations and current reality. With time and support from therapy, one comes to embrace new realities and set new expectations again. This enables one to re-invest socially and emotionally in the world and hopefully engage more fully in daily life.
What To Expect
After a client has made initial contact, I will arrange a brief telephone consultation within 48 hours, to allow us to elaborate a little further on what the presenting issue is. A face to face appointment will then be arranged within the week, in which we may work together to identify initial goals to work towards.
If the client is happy to move forward with me and I am able to support, we agree on an initial 6 week block of sessions, after which a review takes place to re-set goals if necessary and book further sessions. Progress is monitored periodically using standardised mood scales, which aids clients to track their own journey too.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy 2009
- MSc Research Methods in Psychology 2005
- BSc (Hons) Psychology 2002
- Client Group Experience :
- Dual diagnosis
- Substance misuse
- Relationship breakdown
- Divorce and separation
- Loss and Bereavement
- Social Anxiety
- Personality disorders
- Work-related Stress
- Confidence Building
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- £50 for individuals
- £65 for couples
- Student/Child/Unemployed rates available
I also have offices in South Woodford and Highams Park.
- Weekdays 9am-3pm & 7pm-9pm
- Weekends 10am-6pm