Worried about anxiety or depression? Relationship issues? Self-confidence? Your health? Not feeling close to other people? Or another concern?
I am a qualified counsellor. I offer help to individual adults, or couples, with a variety of difficulties. I offer the chance to talk together. When people come to see me, understandably the first thing they want to know is if I am someone they can talk to and relate to easily. They tell me that this is a yes. After the first session they sometimes tell me that they feel relieved, got it off their chest. Coming to talk with me is giving yourself an extra opportunity to sort out what is bothering you. I understand that it can be a big step to go and see someone and start the process of beginning to heal.
My home where I do counselling is close to Bush Hill Park station and parking outside is not restricted.
My training and practice is in Person Centred Counselling. Person Centred Counselling is about developing a fuller understanding of yourself. It is about coming to understand better how your attitude, feelings and behaviour are sometimes affected negatively. Gaining this understanding enables you to feel better in due course. Counselling can help if you want to make changes in your life. I like the quotation "If you want to understand something, try to change it" (Kurt Lewin, one of the founders of modern social psychology).
I believe that people are essentially good, although some do bad or self-destructive things. I strive to be warm, genuine and understanding. I do not expect change to come easily or magically but working on it together can make a difference.
I closely observe the Code of Ethics for good practice of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling from Middlesex University 1999
I have worked as a local authority Social Worker and as Independent Social Worker for 36 years mainly in children and families work (fostering particularly) and in mental health work. Over these years I have used counselling skills in a great many circumstances. I have seen that people may suffer considerable emotional pain through a variety of circumstances. I have learned that people can find strength through their struggles, can find greater inner peace and can move on with their lives, sometimes on their own or with the support of family members or friends or helping organisations or counsellors.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
I charge £15 for an initial session for you to see if counselling is what you want, to consider the matters you wish to talk about and to see if you feel you can work with me. My fee after that is £30 per hour. I am happy to undertake short term counselling or to commit to longer term work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am potentially available at all times of the week and weekend.
Types of client