Your reason for seeking out therapy is unique to you, but in the end, what brings anyone to therapy is the sense that life feels difficult in some way.
Some people come with a clear idea about what it is that is causing them difficulty. It may be that they are dealing with a life event such as the end of a relationship or the loss of a job, or perhaps they know that they are stuck in patterns of behaviour they feel powerless to change. For many others, the ‘reason’ for considering therapy is not so clear. They may be struggling with complex feelings that they find hard to articulate, or they just know that on some level they feel anxious or unhappy with how life is right now.
Whatever the motivation, I offer a supportive and confidential space in which to explore the issues that may be adversely impacting on your life, and to think about why you are feeling as you do. With this increased understanding of yourself, comes the opportunity to change how you respond to life in a way that helps you to get your needs met.
My training is from the Humanistic school. It's an optimistic and empowering philosophy that says that we are not stuck with the lives we have. Whatever challenges we currently face, whatever sadness, anger or frustration we are carrying around with us, we have it within us to change our experience. This transformative philosophy is what I draw on in my work, to empower clients to live more of the life they want to be living.
Before becoming a psychotherapist, I had a couple of other lives, starting work as a lawyer, before moving onto a career in documentary television. The same curiosity about the human condition that underpinned my life in TV, is the same curiosity that led me to psychotherapy. I think that my own professional background puts me in a unique position to understand not only how hard it can be to keep our heads above water when we are struggling with issues outside of it, but also how demanding work environments and the often dysfunctional dynamics that go with them, can bring tremendous pressure to bear on us.
It may help you in your search for a therapist to know that, in the end, whatever the skill set or experience of the therapist, all the evidence shows that the key to change lies in your own desire for change and in the quality of the therapeutic relationship. In other words, if you don’t feel comfortable with your therapist, if you have no rapport with them, if you don’t feel like they “get you”, then therapy is very unlikely to be effective, so it’s vitally important that you find the right person for you (even if it's not me).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Psychotherapist and am a registered member of both the UKCP and the BACP, which means that I adhere to the requisite ethical standards of those governing bodies.
Before I entered the world of therapy, I had a couple of other lives, starting my working life as a lawyer, before moving onto a career in documentary television. The same curiosity about the human condition that underpinned my life in TV, is the same curiosity that led me to re-train in psychotherapy.
I think that my own professional background in both the corporate and creative worlds, puts me in a unique position to understand not only how hard it can be to keep our heads above water at work when we are struggling with issues outside of it, but also, how demanding work environments and the often dysfunctional dynamics that go with them, can bring tremendous pressure to bear on us.
This is not an exhaustive list, but these are some of the areas I work with:
Work Stress & Burn Out
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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I charge £90 per session.
It can help to have a brief phone discussion before deciding whether to meet and I am happy to do that.
Maps & Directions
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Please contact me by email to discuss available slots.
Types of client