Accessing therapy is a big step, so finding yourself on a counsellors webpage is part of the battle won. It's a scary process, but a process that so many people find worthwhile and life changing - sometimes life enabling. It is important that you feel comfortable when you do decide to embark on your therapeutic journey and that's why I offer my first assessment session at half price. I am here, feel free to get in touch, even if it's to ask about the counselling process. If picking up the phone is too much at the moment, send me an e-mail. Any kind of step is a step forward and in the right direction. I'm here to do all I can to help you on your way.
My integrative approach to therapy means I am incredibly fortunate in being able to draw upon a number of different approaches depending on the needs of the person sat opposite me. I have found that some clients thrive with just having a witness; someone to listen, offer an empathic ear with no judgement, whilst other clients like a more structured approach with strategies and techniques and, dare I say it, homework. No two clients are the same and so it's important for me to recognise although I use core conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence with everyone who walks through my door, there is not a one size fits all approach. I can tailor our work together based on your needs and what will work best for you.
Thankfully mental health is coming more and more to the forefront of our news and the stigma around it is slowly disappearing. I set up a service focusing on supporting the mental health of 2000+ plus students and 400+ staff in my current role at a secondary school. Offering 1:1 face to face counselling support, online counselling support, group sessions focusing on building self esteem and self worth as well as workshops that look at managing anger through assertiveness I have a track record of being able to collaboratively work with young people enabling them to knock down the barriers preventing them from engaging in education and enabling them to reach and exceed their potential. I was able to introduce structured assessments sessions enabling both short and long term therapy depending on the needs of the client. I also employed a number of counsellors on their clinical placements to work with lower level needs young people thus enabling support to be offered in a much shorter time frame.
I have years of experience working with young people in both primary schools in economically deprived areas of London, using art, play and creativity as my medium and in secondary schools where I am able to draw on different theoretical perspectives, depending on the needs and maturity of the client. Some clients are able to find their voice using words, others prefer using a creative medium such as painting, clay or role play.
I trained in integrative counselling which means I am able to draw on a number of different approaches depending on what best suits my client. These approaches include person centred, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic therapy, incorporating things such as play (age appropriate) and mindfulness which I have found to be an incredibly powerful tool.
My clients have faced a variety of difficulties, including low mood, family break down, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, eating disorders, gender dysmorphia, anxiety, panic attacks, abuse (sexual, physical and emotional), domestic violence (historical and current), bereavement, stress, relationship and friendship difficulties, bullying, cyber bullying, exam stress/pressure, low self esteem and self worth, self destructive behaviours and confusion around sexuality, to name a few. I provide a safe place to enable you to talk through your concerns and thoughts without judgement to enable you to unravel your problems and see them from a different, more manageable, perspective.
I have extensive experience working with young people who have mental health difficulties; varying from mild to moderate and severe, resulting from family breakdown, drug or alcohol abuse, prolonged bullying or a traumatic event or series of events in their lives. I have worked alongside mental health services such as CAMHs (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and ASTI (Assessment and Short Term Intervention) - offering clients support whilst they're on the waiting list to access these agencies or offering them support following the non acceptance of referrals over to these services due to high levels of demand and high thresholds for acceptance.
I have been afforded the opportunity to work with young people who are on the autistic spectrum and who see the world differently to how you and I do. My clients have also had difficulties such as ODD, ADD, ADHD or PTSD to contend with.
Training and qualifications
I have a BACP certified diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London. This follows on from my BSc Hons in Psychology from the University of Greenwich. I am registered with both the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and the BPS (British Psychological Society). In my work as a counsellor I work in accordance with the BACP ethical guidelines and have written the counselling policy in my current place of work accordingly.
I offer a half price first assessment session. This is to enable you the opportunity to make sure we can work together. In order to get the most out of the counselling process it is so important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor.
First session - 50 minutes - £20
Subsequent sessions - £40 for 50 minutes
I offer a number of concessionary rates for those on low income; students, retired. These sessions will be offered at £30 per 50 minutes.
I specialise in both long term and short term therapy. If after your assessment session we decide that we can work together we can discuss the timescales of therapy. Some clients like a short burst of therapy and access 6-8 once a week sessions. Other clients feel that accessing support over a longer period is what will work best for them. If you aren't sure we can discuss in your first session, create a plan and then review this when the time comes to make sure you are getting what you need.