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I am a registered Psychotherapeutic counsellor and supervisor. I work with individuals only, and have many years experience of both short and long term therapy. Through counselling we will explore any issues that may be of concern for you. These can include but are not limited to, depression, stress, anxiety, trauma, abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), addictions and addictive behaviour or problems in relationships. Please contact me for an initial appointment on 07722120819
I began my training as an Integrative Counsellor in the early 2000’s. This was after a long career within The London fire Brigade; during which I witnessed and was exposed to numerous traumatic and stressful situations. Here, I began to become aware of the stress, anxiety and all those associated emotions that can come to us, when we do not acknowledge our feelings; both to others and more importantly ourselves. I found that it is very important for us to express our feelings; because when we do not, it can and will affect our work, relationships, mental and physical health, together with our sense of self esteem.
My approach to therapy is integrative; which means that I have studied the three main schools of therapy (humanistic, behavioural and psychodynamic), and placed these into a model that helps facilitate change. I allow the client to determine the direction and depth that therapy should take. I help the client find his or her own inner strength and resources. I make no value judgments and encourage my clients to explore their own value systems to determine whether they believe a course of action is right for them.
Counselling is a journey of self-discovery. Through counselling, we can work together to explore any difficulties that you are facing. These can include but are not limited to: stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse. The goal is to increase and maintain self-awareness; in turn facilitating lasting change. I have found that most people come to counselling because they want to be happier. Counselling becomes an exploration of what is getting in the way of happiness. Those interferences to happiness can be old patterns that no longer serve us, a lack of fulfilment, self-judgment, or behaviours that are keeping us from feeling good about ourselves. Counselling explores these interferences and helps the person remove obstacles to happiness so he or she can go on to lead a happy and fulfilling life.
Effective therapy requires that the therapist exhibit respect, authenticity, genuineness, empathy, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard. These qualities are at the heart of therapy and facilitate a healthy connection that allows true healing to occur. I work very hard to cultivate and nurture a loving, authentic, accepting, non-judging and empathic stance with my clients. It is my hope that the acceptance and positive regard the client feels through our work will eventually become internalized and he or she will begin to feel more accepting toward and positive about themselves.
I hope that you will allow me to serve as your guide in your journey of self-discovery. I guarantee that I will remain present, non-judging, encouraging, and active as you explore your inner world. If you decide that I am not the right therapist for you I will be happy to assist you in selecting someone who will be a better fit. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling
Trauma and Abuse Specialist Diploma (PICT)
Diploma in Supervision
Certificate in Couple Counselling
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Counselling working with addictions
Numerous Substance Misuse Training including harm reduction and relapse prevention
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Individual sessions - £50
Supervison - £50/75 (50/90 mins)
Limited number of concessions available - this can be discussed at any point within our therapeutic work
When I work
Counselling sessions can normally be arranged at short notice. I offer appointments Monday-Friday; including some evenings.
Frequency of therapeutic sessions can be discussed during initial counselling session