I firmly believe that everyone has the capacity to live full lives, but life can be hard and we face problems and trauma throughout our lives. For example, you might have sad feelings, trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bereavement, loss and more besides. These can all chip away at our capacity to cope, affect how we behave and how we see the future. Counselling involves the journey of becoming aware and then changing those aspects of ourselves that cause problems and anguish; those that stop us from living more fully.
But, what good is awareness you might ask? Well, awareness, brings choice, and awareness of choice is a critical part of therapy. Awareness of what we do, how we do it, what we fear, what we refuse, what we hope, and how our attempts at change are thwarted.
The Gestalt approach to counselling considers the whole of human experience, body, mind and environment and aims to restore healthy function to all of these areas. Moments of awareness can feel like colour washing over a black and white photo, seeing life differently, feeling more alive, more free.
Whether you want to share your pain or joy, hope or hopelessness, it will be met with non-judgement as we work towards your therapeutic aims.
Our work is based around the relationship that we develop together. During our sessions I hope that you feel that you can be open, that you feel trust and feel cared for. Sessions typically involve expressing and working through difficult, stuck feelings, thoughts and behaviours, those that impact your quality of living. Together, we would explore and grow new patterns, new ways of being, new ways of coping and seeing life, feeling more alive and more vibrant.
Gestalt is more than a talking therapy, its also an active approach that involves many unique creative tasks that can loosen stuck patterns and ways of being. For example, our sessions might involve creative drawing, psychodrama, movement, thought experiments, as well as traditional talking therapy.
Beginning counselling can feel daunting and scary as well as exciting and hopeful. Taking those first steps can be hard, I understand that, but asking for help can also be a turning point. Counselling is a very personal experience, you might want support, to share painful experiences, to feel understood, to stop unwanted thoughts and feelings, and more. My first aim as a counsellor is to help you to feel comfortable and to allow you to express whatever it is that you need to express.
Perhaps the idea of counselling in a traditional counselling room is not something that you want. For some people, it can feel easier and less threatening to meet and talk in a public space rather than a counselling room. Outdoor counselling involves walking or sitting in an outdoor setting, surrounded by nature and out in the world. This is a naturally socially distanced setting. Furthermore, much counselling work can be accomplished in this environment.
Online or telephone therapy
During the current UK restrictions and the pandemic I am offering counselling via Zoom or telephone. This mode of counselling offers a range of possibilities and therapeutic benefits without the need to attend a physical setting or meet face-to-face.
How do I make an appointment?
We would first have an initial consultation to discuss what has brought you to counselling. During this consultation we would determine your next steps. I understand that your first session can feel daunting and that taking that first step is often one of the hardest moments in your counselling journey. I am confident that we can develop a trusting and safe relationship in which you can work through many of the difficulties that you are facing in life. Your journey is something that we embark upon together.
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling training is in Gestalt Therapy. I have worked in academia for many years and published numerous papers on modelling human behaviour during disasters.
- Doctor of Philosophy (University of Greenwich)
- Bachelor of Science (University of Greenwich)
- Diploma in Gestalt Counselling (The Gestalt Centre)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Registered Member of the BACP
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
Our initial consultation is 50 minutes and is charged at £40
All other sessions charged at £60 per session.
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