What attracted you to become a therapist?
I have been interested in psychology for a long time, and while I was studying for my degree with the Open University I was introduced to transactional analysis (TA). At the same time, I was interested in the popular psychology books mostly with an NLP theme.
I have always liked to help people solve their problems and wanted to do an NLP course. So, when a colleague suggested that I take a course in Hypno-psychotherapy, I did. What he didn’t tell me was the NLP part was in the third year and that I would also be studying Freud, Jung, the behavioural therapies, CBT, REBT, Carl Rogers, Gestalt, Milton Erickson and many more. All of which I enjoyed learning about, and of course hypnosis, which I still find fascinating and enjoyable. I am still learning today.
Where did you train?
I trained at the National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy. Which is the oldest college for hypnotherapy in the UK.
What type of therapy do you practice?
I practice cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and rational emotive behavioural therapy (REBT) and any other therapy which I think will help clients through their therapeutic journey. So that they will achieve their therapeutic goal, and so lead happier and healthier lives.
What sort of people do you usually see?
I see all sorts of people from all walks of life, from those that want to quit smoking, to those that want to cure their fears e.g. heights, public speaking, to the unusual ones of noisy eating and fear of clowns.
As a diabetic, an area that I am particularly interested in is those that are suffering from depression, anxiety and stress, especially if they are suffering from a long-term illness.
What do you like about being a therapist?
I really like to see the transformation of a client going from an issue/problem that they have, to be able to be and feel better about themselves so that they can move forward and live a happier and healthier life.
What is less pleasant?
Probably clients that cancel at the last minute or don’t turn up. However this can be for many reasons of course.
How long you’ve been with welldoing.org and what you think of us?
I've been with welldoing.org three or four years. I do like the friendly approach to the website, although I don’t use the booking form as I hire rooms at my two practices on an ad hoc basis. This is so that I can be flexible for my clients. I have also just joined the welldoing.org Facebook page. But I must admit I am just getting use to Facebook.
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
I do certainly suggest certain books to clients if I feel it is appropriate and will help their therapeutic process.
What you do for your own mental health?
A little exercise, chat with friends that make me laugh and a little mindfulness or self-hypnosis. I also have a peer supervisor, which is required by all my regulatory bodies, who helps to look after any mental health issues that I may or may not have.
You are a therapist in Bromley and Central London. What can you share with us about seeing clients in those areas?
I see clients in Bromley, Kent and in Central London. As I said before, being flexible and not having specific times or days allows me to see clients when it suits them and where.
What’s your consultation room like?
My rooms are quite comfortable, where people can relax and be at ease.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
Sometimes it can take a while to be and feel better. One session is not enough and that they will have to do the work so that they can move on. The therapist is there to help them through the therapeutic process.
It is not being weak to seek help, it is actually being very strong.
It is OK to change therapists if they feel that they are not getting anywhere with their current therapist. It is a two-way process.
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
That I can be just as vulnerable as anyone else to mental health issues. However, I do know that I can get help as and when I need it.