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About me

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and the power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness” Viktor Frankl

Do you find yourself repeating patterns of behaviour that lead to the same unhappy outcome time after time? Are you ever overwhelmed by negative thoughts, feelings or beliefs that stop you moving on in your life? Is the voice of your own inner critic sometimes so loud that you are stricken by panic or frozen with fear? Maybe you are alone or part of a couple and longing for intimacy that never comes? If any of these experiences ring true, I can give you the support you need to find the direction and meaning that has gone missing from your life.

This involves identifying and challenging the habitual processes that negatively affect the way you think, feel and behave in the present moment to bring about a deep and lasting transformation rooted in your own resources and hidden potential.

My Experience

My clinical experience includes working with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma, shame, low self-esteem, bereavement, identity issues, loneliness, anger management, OCD, addiction, family conflict, relationship issues, stage fright, self sabotage and career problems. I also see a number of clients working in the performing arts, media and the creative industries and couples using Emotionally Focussed Therapy, a technique with proven results.

How I Work

I am a registered member of BACP, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by its ethical practices. My training is in Gestalt, a holistic form of therapy with one simple aim. To raise your self awareness.

Alongside talking therapy, I use a range of techniques to help you creatively explore the world as you experience it. These might include body process, role play, visualisation and internal dialogue. My aim is to raise your awareness of what is happening for you at the present moment and also what processes from the past are holding you back from becoming the person you yearn to be. Once you are in touch with this lost aspect of your potential, I will provide you with a safe space in which to challenge these fixed patterns and experiment with new perspectives and behaviours to bring about a deep and lasting transformation.

What To Expect

I believe that effective counselling succeeds or fails on one key quality. My relationship with you. My priority is to establish a bond of trust and understanding with you based on empathy, respect and non-judgement. For me, this means supporting and affirming who you are and what you need with compassion and sensitivity so that you feel genuinely seen, heard and acknowledged.

What I Offer

Depending on the nature of your issues and your circumstances, we can work on a short-term basis of twelve sessions or on a longer-term basis of on-going weekly meetings which might be open ended or for a fixed period. Each session lasts 50 mins. I offer sessions in person or on Zoom or a combination of the two. Get in touch for a free consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Metanoia Institute, London

- MSc in Gestalt Therapy (Final Year), Metanoia Institute, London

- Externship in EFT, Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples

- Member BACP, The British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling

- Member UKCP, UK Council for Psychotherapy

- Solicitor of The Supreme Court, England and Wales

- BA Hons Philosophy - University of North Wales

Clinical Experience as Counsellor:

- Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Student Services, Barbican London

- Metanoia Psychotherapy and Counselling Service, Ealing, London

- Claremont Project Counselling Service, Islington, London

NB - I am fully covered by professional indemnity insurance and adhere to the ethical practice guidelines of BACP.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Performance Anxiety
  • Stage Fright
  • Writers Block
  • Creative block
  • Burn Out
  • Workaholism
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Self Sabotage
  • Procrastination
  • Negative Rumination
  • Stuckness

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Fees

From £50.00 to £70.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

- Individual clients from £50 per 50 mins session dependent on time of   day and whether online or in person. 
- Couples from £100 per I hour session.

When I work

Limited weekday, working hours but please check for specific availability.

Further information

I have particular interest and experience in treating clients from the creative industries having worked as a counsellor specialising in actors and musicians at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Previously I directed documentaries for TV where I gained valuable insight into the complexities and problems of performing in the public eye.

Before that I was a solicitor specialising in media law so I have a long standing relationship with and understanding of fame and the entertainment industry.

260a Kilburn Lane, London, W10 4BS

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

Key details

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Additional languages

Cantonese