I am a registered member of BACP and an accredited member of UKCP. I offer counselling and psychotherapy on a short, medium or open-ended basis, in Crouch End and St John’s Wood, north London.
The work combines mindfulness with a pluralistic, relational approach.This means that we pay careful attention to feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations, to the ‘felt sense’ of what is happening in the moment; that an appreciation of this ongoing process draws on a range of psychotherapeutic understanding and practice; that we work together to create an empathic, secure and satisfying relationship; that there is an underlying trust in, and respect for, your inherent capacity for health and well-being.
Difficulties that originate in relationship can be explored and healed through relationship, within a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space where you can feel fully met, heard and accepted.
Sessions last for one hour and take place weekly. I offer a no-obligation initial consultation free of charge. This is an opportunity to talk about your needs, to ask questions, and to find out whether you want to proceed.
People are drawn to counselling and psychotherapy for different reasons. There may be a specific problem, or a more general sense of disappointment and dissatisfaction with life. You may be experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, work or relationship problems. You may have suffered a bereavement, or be going through a personal crisis or life change.You may feel blocked, or stuck, or life may seem empty or meaningless. Or you may simply want to deepen your enquiry into life.
It is important to find the right person to work with, so you may need time to think about it. If you are happy to proceed, we can begin to explore your experience, and the nature of your difficulties. These can stem from perceptions, attitudes and beliefs about yourself, your culture and the world. We are social beings, and our brains and bodies grow in relation to others. You may have developed patterns of thought and behaviour to survive in response to past difficulties or traumas that prevent you from living life fully. By examining these views, beliefs and habitual responses you can begin to disentangle yourself from them, and from the limits and restrictions that they impose.
In order to let go of painful feelings, we have to let go of the roots of those feelings. Once we understand the causes and nature of our feelings, they begin to transform. Crises can be seen not so much as problems but as opportunities for growth.
By cultivating your own ‘internal therapist’ you can start to take more effective control of your life, and enter into a new relationship with yourself and the world. A greater sense of clarity and spaciousness can develop, and trust in a more spontaneous, creative and whole-hearted response to present experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of BACP and an accredited member of UKCP.
My work is supervised according to professional and ethical requirements.
I am bound by the ethical framework and code of practice of my training organisation, the Karuna Institute, which is a Member Organisation of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, and all clinical sessions are offered in line with UKCP ethics and policies.
I have an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy from the Karuna Institute. I have been practising since 2011.
Core Process Psychotherapy is a contemporary approach that combines the use of mindfulness, Buddhist psychology and Western psychotherapeutic approaches.
I have a meditation and mindfulness practice established over more than twenty years. I bring a varied background and a broad range of experience to the work.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £45 - £60 depending on time, location and circumstances.
There is no charge for the initial meeting.
There may be concessionary places available. Please ask.
Change can occur quite rapidly, certainly at first, and specific problems can be addressed in this way through short-term work. This is available if desired. Six sessions would be a suggested starting point.
More long-term open-ended work allows the necessary time and space for lasting transformation to naturally take place.
There is an opportunity to discuss and agree our way of working at the outset. A signed agreement is available.
I am available daytime and evening.
St Johns Wood is the nearest tube station to the Kailash Centre (www.kailashcentre.org).
I have a quiet, private room in Crouch End. The nearest tube stations are Finsbury Park and Archway. The W7 will drop you nearby, the 41 and 91 right outside.