I mainly work in a client-centred style, which means the therapeutic relationship I form with clients is the main tool through which insight and change are achieved. I am a gay affirmative therapist, with a particular interest in gay men and lesbians. At Islington Mind I have the privilege of working with LGBT people who are seeking asylum here because of persecution in their countries of origin, both individually and in groups.
I work with a wide range of problems. These include anxiety and depression, sexual problems and relationship issues, substance misuse and trauma. I have worked in a psychiatric setting in the NHS and have experience with Bipolar Disorder and psychosis.
Though client-centred I have been trained to be integrative; in particular I use some CBT techniques for problems such as social anxiety, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. I may also add psychodynamic approaches where relationships are the main problem.
My focus in sessions is to listen very attentively to the client, and feed back the portrait of them which is developing for me. I might make statements which can sound challenging, but this may be a necessary part of progress in therapy.
My unique area is working with people of whatever age or cultural background who have experienced trauma because of their sexuality - in the family, at school, in adulthood, and where these experiences are accompanied by problem alcohol and drug use.
As an Accredited BACP member, and with extensive teaching experience at postgraduate level, I also offer supervision to trainee and practising counsellors and psychotherapists, for the same fees I charge clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
I originally studied for a Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (integrative) at Regent's College, in 2005-2006. I later proceeded to the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (integrative) at the University of East London (2007-2009).
Since then I have worked for Deptford Reach, a charity for the homeless and socially marginal, and outpatients in the Lewisham psychiatric unit of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation trust.
I also worked there in a non-clinical role training psychiatrists, which has considerably added to my knowledge of psychiatry and ability to work productively with psychiatrists. After leaving the NHS I have worked for The Metro Centre, the LGBT counselling service in Greenwich, and I am now with Islington MInd, working between its generic and LGBT services. I have completed two years there.
I have over twenty years of postdoctoral experience as a researcher, and of teaching qualitative research methods as a course leader. I was originally an academic anthropologist, and I have carried this into my therapy practice through an interest in how ideas of self and identity vary between cultures. My postdoctoral research focused on identity and sexuality, and while working for the NHS I was an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry.
Prior to becoming a therapist I was an anthropologist. I bring this into my work through an understanding of how cultural values influence our understanding of ourselves.
As a BACP Accredited practitioner I now also work as a supervisor for trainees and qualified therapies, for whom I charge the same fees as clients.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Work place mentoring - for dealing with interpersonal problems that can't be solved by the manager-employee relationship (coaching qualification from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Clinical supervision for trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
I charge for an initial consultation, but thereafter your first regular appointment will be free.
I usually charge £50 per session until 6 pm; £70 for later sessions. In addition I have three places for trainee therapists and those on low incomes, for which I charge £40.
I am happy to do brief therapy (6 weeks) or work with a client for much longer; it really depends on the nature of the problems.
For currently available appointment times and locations please see my website. I update this regularly.
St Luke's Community Centre is a very well appointed and comfortable place, with an excellent café. Located on Central Street, between Old Street and Clerkenwell Road. There is disabled access.
Both client and therapist have holidays and other times when they aren't available My only expectation is that we give each other two weeks' notice. If a client cancels within 24 hours I will expect to be paid. By the same token, should I cancel at short notice I would not expect the client to pay.
My preference is to be paid by bank transfer, four weeks in advance.
What is said in the counselling room is confidential, and only under very rare circumstances would it need to be broken - I will talk about this in the first session.