You're faced with a bewildering choice of therapists. Who should you pick? How can you tell who's going to be right for you? I'd suggest weighing up two factors in particular when you scan the listings: depth and breadth of training resulting in a theoretical foundation that you can trust, and an approach to practice that treats you as the complex individual you are rather than just another 'case' of X, Y or Z.
My experience as a therapist goes back to 1997, when I qualified as a person-centred and existential counsellor/psychotherapist after taking part in the highly regarded three-year FACETS programme at London's City University. This founding stage of my professional development included more than 750 hours of study with such eminent tutors as Maria Luca and David White.
Ten years later I embarked on training at the Quest Institute in Regent's College, London, under the world-renowned originator of Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Trevor Silvester (former Ethics Director and Supervision Director of the UK's most reputable accreditation body, the National Council for Hypnotherapy), gaining a Distinction in the Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy and a Practitioner's Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). I also trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and studied the work of many other leading exponents of the most modern and sophisticated psychological therapy techniques.
The extent of my training gives a spectrum of perspectives and practices from which I can precisely match your needs…
• I use a humanistic, person-centred & existential model of psychotherapy and counselling to assure you of a truly safe, non-judgmental environment. The existential element allows a more dynamic and stimulating process than you’d be likely to get from old-school person-centred or psychodynamic styles of therapy.
• Popular TV and movie representations of hypnotism are misleading. With Cognitive Hypnotherapy you'll encounter no swinging watches or 'look into my eyes' weirdness, and you can forget about stunts involving people dancing like chickens. There's no flaky mysticism and absolutely no loss of control. Trance is an everyday state we all experience. Have you ever 'zoned out' while driving so that by the time you reach your destination you can't really remember how you got there? Have you lost an hour or two with your head in a book? These are states akin to hypnosis. The Cognitive model is at the leading edge of the field, integrating the best of psychotherapy with the latest scientific findings. You know what’s going on throughout sessions and simply enjoy a sense of relaxation and calm.
• NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming – but don't let the clunky American terminology put you off. This extraordinarily useful model of dealing with life issues is more about deprogramming. By enabling us to reframe and redefine our habitual patterns of language and thought, it helps bring about profound changes in the way we feel, think and behave.
• Also known as ‘tapping’, EFT is Emotional Freedom Technique: it’s one of those slightly unusual therapies that can seem almost too good to be true. There are speculative scientific explanations of how it works but it can sometimes feel more like magic… For many people it brings about truly surprising results in a short space of time.
Nobody I see is palmed off with standardised, formulaic procedures. I recognise that every client is a unique individual. There's no such thing as a cure-all and what works fabulously for one person may be ineffective for another.
Some reputable therapists in respected disciplines operate largely according to stock definitions of problems and corresponding off-the-shelf treatments. If you happen to fit neatly into one of their predetermined 'boxes' you may come away with a good result. That's not how it is with me. I understand that the causes of most people's problems are complex and often messily interrelated, so I never jump to simplistic conclusions about how to treat them. With multiple techniques at my disposal, I tailor what I offer specifically and precisely to you at each stage of your particular process.
Central south London location near Brockwell Park – convenient access from King's Cross, Blackfriars, London Bridge, Victoria, via Herne Hill/Tulse Hill rail/Brixton tube.
Training, qualifications & experience
FACETS Diploma in Person-Centred & Existential Therapy, City University, 1997
HPD Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, validated by NCFE & NCH
DipCHyp (with Distinction) Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Quest Institute
NLPPrac Practitioner's Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Quest Institute
MBACP (Reg) Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
MNCH (Reg) Registered Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy
CNHC (Reg) Registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council
NB The CNHC is the only Government-supported national regulatory body in the field. The Department of Health has recommended that where people are looking for complementary healthcare therapists they use someone who is CNHC-registered.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
breaking negative habits
concentration & focus
enhancing social skills
exam nerves (& interviews, driving tests, etc)
feeling stuck/finding life direction
interpersonal skills development
lack of energy
loss of libido
motivation & goal-setting
pain control & pain management
performance anxiety & stage fright
relaxation (general or specific)
sleep disturbances & insomnia
sports performance improvement
weight loss & weight control
Please see my website for details. Note that Mon-Fri daytime sessions cost less than evenings (I don't currently work during weekends). I also always try to keep some concessionary slots available at still more affordable fees for those on low incomes. Please don't hesitate to ask if you think you may qualify.
There’s no risk in deciding to come. You can try before you buy. I treat the preliminary consultation as a chance for us both to evaluate: if at the end of our first meeting you (or I) don't feel that further work together will be worthwhile, you can choose to walk away owing nothing. If we agree to proceed, that first session is charged at my standard rates (see website) and we go on from there.
Your safety and security are assured. All my practice conforms to the strict requirements of the BACP and NCH codes of ethics and conduct, as well as those of the CNHC, and I am fully insured in all relevant aspects of professional and public liability.