I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist working with both individuals and couples. I have over 30 years experience working in both organisational settings and private practice. My aim is to offer people the chance to explore and work through difficult times in their lives as well as to realise their full potential as individuals. I am committed to offering a safe, welcoming and professional service.
Now we are all adapting to the significant opening up of the restrictions imposed on us by the Covid situation. For many of us these changes may be very welcome but for some there will still be fears and anxieties, whether we've had the vaccine yet or not.
We may have remaining concerns about our finances, our health, the health and well being of our children and the people we love as well as fear for what the future may hold. The experience of Covid as a whole may still be triggering existing or previous anxieties or symptoms such as sleep disturbance, under or over eating, feelings of stress, anxiety or panic, fear of the outside or loss of confidence and it may still help to talk such experiences through with someone.
Sometimes for all of us our thoughts and feelings about our lives and ourselves can become overwhelming. At these times it can help to talk to somebody neutral who can facilitate exploration and understanding of this. Complex, uncomfortable feelings or symptoms can be triggered by a recent event, relationship difficulties or remembering an unsettling early experience. We can be going through a personal crisis of some kind, feeling low and anxious, experiencing sleep disturbance, struggling at work, or just feeling troubled inside in a way that is hard to understand or make sense of.
Evidence shows that therapy can be effective in helping people achieve greater psychological resilience and an improved quality of life. Within the safety of a therapeutic relationship the process of sharing unsettling thoughts and being helped to untangle them can be surprisingly powerful. The impact of symptoms can be significantly lessened or even disappear when their underlying cause is explored and understood.
I recognise arranging to see a therapist can be daunting. Our first meeting offers the chance for us to explore your concerns and decide whether or not we would like to work together. Alternatively you're welcome to have a telephone conversation with me first if this would feel more comfortable.
You may wish to speak to someone on your own, individually or if your issues are impacting on your relationship you may decide with your partner that talking jointly with a couples counsellor could be more helpful
We all want to be loved and cherished and naturally seek close, attachment bonds with one another. However relationships can be difficult, confusing and complicated at times causing us enormous emotional pain. The current lifting of lockdown and Covid restrictions, though welcome to many, may also cause uncertainty and we may find ourselves reviewing our lives and relationships. Some couples may find that having been together more than they are used to has put an extra strain on their relationship facing them with issues they have not previously encountered. Others may have found that the increased time together and the challenges faced as a pair or family may enhance their relationship, helping them develop coping skills and bringing them closer together.
A couple may wish to address issues such as: strengthening their closeness to one another, managing a time of crisis or life transition, exploring repetitive "stuck" conflicts and disharmony or reconsider their commitment to each other.
Couple counselling offers the opportunity to explore these difficulties in a safe, supportive setting. It ensures each person's perspective is heard and facilitates exploration and understanding of current difficulties as well as considering the context and history of where they may have originate
Couple sessions are more structured than individual therapy sessions and aim to:
- Improve communication, empathy and mutual listening skills
- Enhance and deepen understanding of current relating difficulties in the context of each persons individual history
- Develop strategies to manage conflicts better
- Re-emphasise the importance of enjoyment and pleasure time within your relationship
- Strengthen and improve overall intimacy.
Equally, couples may decide that the best way forward for them is to separate. If this is the case relationship counselling can provide a safe, supportive setting to manage this process in as constructive a way as is possible. (Please see website for fuller details)
I also offer sessions for different "couplings" of people who decide they would find it helpful to discuss aspects of their relationship with a couple therapist. These can be pairings such as parents and their (usually) adult children, close friends, colleagues from a work setting and so on.
I have worked with people (individuals and couples) bringing issues such as:
- difficulties in relationships
- family difficulties
- bereavement and loss
- stress, anxiety
- low self-worth and depression
- work related difficulties
- food and eating disorders
- sexual difficulties or issues around orientation
- sexual abuse in adult or childhood
- helping people cope with serious illness
- helping people cope with the aftermath of sudden, unexpected traumatic events
- confusion,distress, uncertain what the problem is but want to talk to someone neutral and who is separate from the rest of their lives.
The first meeting is always a no commitment opportunity for us to decide whether or not we want to work together.
I practice from Kingston upon Thames, KT2, Close to: Ham, Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, Sutton, New Maldon, Surbiton and surrounding areas. Based off the Richmond Road, between Kingston and Richmond and close to the 65 bus route. Nearest stations Kingston and Richmond.
There is no parking zone in the immediate area.
My practice room is on the ground floor and easily accessible.
(See below for fees and availability in Fees and Further Information section)
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 30 years clinical experience. I completed a diploma in 1987 was first accredited in 1990 and was awarded Senior accreditation status in 2003. I went on to register as a once and twice weekly psychodynamic psychotherapist in 2004. I have worked in a number of different settings with a wide range of people from different backgrounds, of different ages and presenting with very different concerns. Earlier in my career I did training and practice in systemic family therapy and couple work which, along with the wide ranging experience I've had has led me to develop an integrative approach in my work. I completed a transpersonal diploma in couple counselling and psychotherapy in 2016 which has further enhanced my couple work.
I have worked in community mental health for 7 years, with staff and students in the health service also for 7 years, 3 years working as a student counsellor in further and higher education and 1 year working with "older" people. I've also spent 12 years working with a whole range of employees from different companies throughout the UK. For the past eight years I have also worked with people diagnosed and being treated for all types of cancer, helping support them through this very difficult experience and facilitating the exploration of the ways in which this has impacted on them, their bodies, their relationships and their lives.
I started private practice in 1993 and for the past eight years have concentrated solely on my private practice.
I have 15 years experience of telephone counselling/psychotherapy and during this unusually difficult period I am also offering Online sessions for both individuals and couples using Zoom, Skype, FaceTime.
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.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I am now offering face-to-face sessions once more along with online sessions for those who prefer this.
Individual face-to-face sessions: £60
Individual Online sessions: (Zoom,Skype,FaceTime): £55 - 60
Individual telephone sessions: £50
Face-to-face couple sessions:
First session (1 1/2 hours): £120
Subsequent sessions (1 1/4 hours): £110
Online Couple sessions:
1st session 1 1/2 hours: £120
Subsequent sessions 1 1/4 hours: £100
Monday 8.30am - 11 am
Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday 9.00 - 6 30pm
Please call or email to check for availability
I offer daytime and evening appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Mondays: 9.30am - 11 30am
Tuesday, Wednesday andThursday : 9.00am - 7.00pm
Due to the coronavirus situation I am currently only offering online and telephone sessions for both individuals and couples but hope to resume some Face to Face sessions in December.
The first session offers the opportunity for us to "meet" one another, to enable both of us to decide whether or not we wish to work together.
I practice from Kingston upon Thames, just off the Richmond Road, the A307 between Kingston and Richmond and close to the 65 bus route. Closest rail stations are Kingston and, Richmond. Also close to surrounding areas such as: Surbiton, Richmond, Sutton, New Maldon, Hampton, East Molesey, Teddington, Twickenham etc.
There is no parking zone in the area.
My practice room is on the ground floor and easily accessible.
(020) 8546 0820 / 07825 409431