I have provided psychological therapy within the NHS for 15 years, working with clients with a wide variety of difficulties. I now specialise in helping people manage work-related anxiety, imposter syndrome (doubting your ability at work despite doing well) and associated emotional difficulties.
I combine several therapeutic approaches, dependent on your needs, and I am primarily guided by compassion focused therapy.
Are you sick of working so hard?
· Do you find it difficult to stop worrying about work?
· Are you working long hours, even when you are not required to?
· Is this affecting your sleep, your health, and your relationships?
· Are you feeling emotionally and physically exhausted?
Let me help you feel able to bring more choice and balance into your life.
How therapy with me can help:
· Learning how to switch off from work can improve your concentration when you are working.
· It can reduce sleep problems and the consequences of emotional and physical exhaustion. These can include headaches, stomach problems, high blood pressure, and increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.
· It can improve your relationships as you feel less irritable and more able to focus on people you care about.
· We could also address any linked emotional difficulties, such as low mood and depression, panic, self-criticism and other obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviours.
What would happen in the sessions:
If you contact me, I will offer you a free 20-minute phone conversation, so that we can briefly discuss what you want to get from therapy, and you can ask any questions you have. This will allow us both to see whether we could be a good fit.
If we agree to continue, we would arrange a 50-minute assessment session. In the assessment I would ask you more detail about your difficulties and how you believe they have developed. This would be at your pace, and I would not ask you to discuss anything that makes you feel very uncomfortable.
The goal would be to develop a shared understanding of how therapy with me could be of help to you. This may take two sessions if your situation is complex.
If either of us believed that psychological therapy would not be the best way to meet your needs, or your issues would be best served by a therapist with different expertise, we would discuss alternatives.
If we contract to meet for therapy sessions, these would be guided by your therapy goals, which could change over time as we develop a deeper understanding of your difficulties.
We would first generate a compassionate understanding of how your difficulties began, and the beliefs that are keeping you stuck.
I would invite you to try out various exercises in sessions and in the intervals between sessions, to discover what works best for you.
My main therapy approach is compassion focused therapy (CFT) which can help you gradually develop a supportive, caring attitude towards yourself, and begin to pay attention to what you really need. I draw on other approaches too, including mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), depending on your needs.
We would discuss ways to manage difficult feelings, such as anxiety and guilt, and gradually build up positive feelings of safety, contentment, and connection to others.
In this way you would be developing new skills, retraining your brain and creating a new version of yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a chartered counselling psychologist with over 15 years' experience in the NHS, providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) combined with Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT|), to adults with a wide range of difficulties, including anxiety and depression. I have provided psychological therapy to women in Holloway prison, to adults in an NHS eating disorders service, and to older adults in an NHS community mental health service.
Before I qualified, I worked as a nursing assistant on a psychiatric ward, and as a volunteer for the mental health charity Mind on their telephone information service, and as a mental health advocate at the LGBTQ charity PACE.
BSc Psychology at University College London, 2000.
Counselling Psychology Programme at City University, London (Diploma, MSc, Post-MSc Diploma) leading to Chartership by the British Psychological Society in 2006.
During counselling psychology training, we have our own personal therapy.
I have attended extensive post-qualification training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£110.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Choosing a therapist is extremely difficult. If you contact me, I will offer you a free 20-minute phone conversation to briefly discuss what kind of help you are looking for and when you can ask me any questions you have.
Following this, assessment and therapy sessions cost £110 for 50 minutes, payable 24 hours before the appointment.
Payment can be made directly by bank transfer or by debit/credit card, Google Pay and Apple Pay through the online payment system on my website.
I am registered as an approved provider of psychological therapies with several health insurance companies, including Aviva, AXA Health, Cigna and WPA.
If you have health insurance, please check with the company whether they will fund your therapy, for how many sessions, and what your excess would be.
My working hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, between 2pm and 8pm. These appointments are by video or by phone.