How talking therapies work
Research confirms that talking therapies effectively enable people to understand themselves better, alleviate any distress and create a different future.
You may be seeking therapy for a specific reason or you may not know exactly what is bringing you, so my aim is to facilitate your individual process of understanding and change.
I am trained in a number of different therapeutic techniques, therefore I tailor my approach to according to your needs, taking closely into account what is bringing you to therapy and how you want it to help you.
I believe that our vulnerabilities and difficulties can be indicators for us to look within ourselves to access our own inner wisdom and resources. Talking therapy allows you the time and space to reflect on how you might be getting stuck and realise that you have the capacity to change that.
My specialisms and approach
I have particular experience of working with stress, anxiety (OCD, phobias, social and health anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder), depression, relationship issues, sexual difficulties, bereavement, work problems, different forms of trauma, life change and self-esteem.
My down to earth and compassionate approach is informed by my own personal and professional experiences; whilst my training provides me with a solid foundation of knowledge and expertise, I also bring my own experiences of the joys and vicissitudes of life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (DCPsych), therefore I have been trained to the highest level in the theory, research base and practice of therapy. My doctoral research focused on intergenerational trauma and what people might carry unconsciously and emotionally from the experiences of their family and ancestors.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and, as an accredited member of both the British Psychological Society and United Kingdom for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to their codes of ethics and conduct.
I have worked as a therapist for over 10 years in a number of different organisations, including the London Fire Brigade, NHS primary care services, a holistic therapy centre and a hospice.
I have undertaken further training in EMDR, NLP and the energy psychology methods EFT and AIT (please see below for more information).
I have also completed a Certificate in Psychosexual & Relationship Therapy.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
EMDR and energy psychology
I integrate EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) into my practice where appropriate. These gentle and non-invasive techniques assist the process of releasing emotional or cognitive blockages to help you move forward. They are particularly effective with anxiety (phobias, OCD and Generalised Anxiety Disorder), depression, stress, trauma, low self-esteem and physical conditions such as pain and chronic illness.
How therapy can help a Highly Sensitive Person
I have a particular interest in working with people who regard themselves as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Due to their enhanced depth of processing, HSPs tend to be more aware of and impacted by other people, emotions and their environment. Depending on how their sensitivity has been responded to in life, HSPs can often feel misunderstood and might feel shame and self-criticism about why they experience life and feel things so differently compared with others. Being able to talk about their personal story and have their feelings and sensitivity validated in therapy can be extremely helpful for HSPs to live fully and re-gain their self-confidence.
Our first session is £68. This is a chance for us to get to know each other and discuss how to go forward.
Thereafter it is £68 per session - sessions are usually weekly at an agreed upon time.
I am happy for you to contact me to discuss what you might be looking for – there is no obligation to commit to therapy.
Range of times 8am and 12pm - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
My Wimbledon practice is located just 10 minutes walk from Wimbledon Station (for the district line, SW trains and tram), 5 minutes from Haydons Road (for the Thameslink) and 15 minutes walk from South Wimbledon (for the northern line).
It is also easy to park using a meter round the corner in a nearby road (I can provide more information when you come for your session).