Counselling offers a warm, non-judgemental and confidential place to focus on you.
As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I work with anxiety; depression; stress; trauma; emotional upset - including anger, sadness, doubt, confusion; guilt and shame; disappointment; dissatisfaction with life; grief; aloneness; and loss of purpose or meaning.
I also work in the field of conflict resolution and work with relationship breakdown; relational based fear and anxiety; communication skills; self-expression and hearing; movement in relationship; pacing; environmental support; finding a positive way forward.
The challenges we encounter in life are often rooted in habits and coping mechanisms we developed when we were younger. These coping mechanisms are usually helpful and necessary adaptations at the time, but which then later become a hinderance.
For example, whilst growing-up, we may keep quiet in response to frightening hostility from parents, teachers, peers, as a sensible way of staying as physically and emotionally safe as possible. However, when we're older this may make it difficult to express our wants and needs and make us susceptible to bullying by others.
Counselling helps us discover more about the habits and patterns that are particular to us and how they hold us back in life. As we become more aware, we then have more choice over how we deal with situations. In counselling, we can feel less alone. We can experience greater self-compassion and confidence in our unique qualities.
I offer compassion and acceptance that allows you to be as you are, whilst at the same time exploring what the future could hold. I will help you by being myself in our relationship, not a blank screen. I'm a fellow human being trying to find my way in the world and I will sit alongside you as you grapple with your own pains and challenges. I will listen to you and will share my own thoughts and feelings when appropriate. We'll pay attention to the dynamics of our relationship and how these may shed light on the relational dynamics you have in your wider life.
We will likely laugh, get creative, and experiment with different ways of being. I may mention love and the heart. I adhere to the Buddhist philosophy that says suffering is universal to all human beings. It's how we find our way with it that matters. I meditate daily to support the work I do.
I offer a free telephone consultation so you can see if I am the right person for you. I want you to be confident and comfortable that you're working with someone you can share with.
I work in a friendly room in Brentford and also offer online and telephone counselling. I can visit you in your home if you aren't mobile.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist with an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy and a Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts. I have significant training in the interplay of mind/body/emotion, mindfulness and self-compassion, contact and relationality. I have worked in hospitals, GP practices and other counselling organisations.
I am a qualified teacher and prior to training as a counsellor/psychotherapist worked in hospital education for ten years. I have also worked for 8 years in international development, 3 of these years in Africa and Asia.
I have been working through my own issues for the past 20 years, in individual therapy, group therapy, systemic constellations, meditation and Buddhist practice. I see my work as a therapist as so much more than what I know cognitively and aim at all times to be developing further awareness of my own habits, processes, beliefs.
I engage in ongoing professional development: having fortnightly supervision; taking-up further training in issues related to trauma, neuroscience, relationality; engaging in formalised discourse on issues related to ethnicity, identity, and historical legacies. This allows me to keep up-to-date and offer a reflective and ethical practice.
I am an accredited and registered mediator, working with families and colleagues in dispute to heal their rifts. I run workshops and dialogue circles focussed on building awareness and communication skills.
Outside of work, I walk, cycle, dance, sing and play music, and love occasional bursts of travel and adventure.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I see clients Monday to Friday and propose that we chat about our respective availability when you get in touch.