We all face periods in our lives when we feel stuck or overwhelmed. You may be having feelings of sadness, depression or anxiety, having difficulties with relationships, finding yourself repeating unhelpful or destructive patterns, or just looking for a change.
Finding a qualified therapist to address these issues with is important. When it's right, therapy is a space to explore and grow.
I offer a safe and confidential space where we will move at your pace. I work in a way that is open, honest, supportive and allows for lightness and challenge. I aim to help clients live richer and more rewarding lives.
I am a registered member of the two leading accrediting bodies for counsellors and Psychotherapists in the UK, the UKCP and the BACP.
How I work
People often find it hard to find a therapist because the variety of models and accrediting bodies can be confusing.
There are a wide range of approaches to therapy but broadly speaking the most reliable predictor of whether any therapy will be useful for someone is whether they feel an alliance with the therapist they are working with.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist which means I am trained in, and I draw on, a range of approaches to psychotherapy and counselling. The way I work is dependent upon the client I am working with and what is required moment to moment. Key influences include humanistic and person centered approaches, psychodynamic, behavioural, existential and relational models. These models meet and diverge at various points.
In practice this means that:
We will meet at the same time each week for 50 minutes (except for agreed upon holidays), for a fixed term or open ended basis
In our sessions we’ll probably spend some time talking about how your past relationships and attachments have shaped how you are today and the choices you feel are available to you
I am interested in how you see things and I see you as the expert in your experience, sessions are typically led by you, you can talk about whatever you like
I believe change comes about in many ways, sometimes through specific problem solving strategies, at other times through expressing and “working through” difficult feelings
You can speak to me in confidence, I will be honest, upfront and committed to our work
You will need to be curious and willing to be open to new experience!
Who I work with
I work with a wide variety of people having all sorts of experiences. Issues I work with include: abuse, anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, trauma, stress at home or in work, relationship breakdowns, questions around sexuality and gender, family difficulties, alcohol or substance misuse, finding purpose and more. If you are unsure whether I can work with you please ask.
I am committed to ensuring my practice is an inclusive and respectful space for all; regardless of sexuality, gender identity, race, religion, age, body size or ability.
I've worked in mental health and social care in some capacity for most of my working life. Before I trained to be a psychotherapist I worked in and managed rehabilitation and recovery hostels for adults with complex needs who were coming out of psychiatric units, prison, or, who were homeless. Later, I was a director of a charitable organisation providing services for people who were socially excluded, after this I worked as a commissioner of mental health services for the NHS and social services in south London.
I found what I enjoyed most was working with people at depth, and outside of the bounds of rigid models or institutional expectations. This is why I chose to train in psychotherapy.
In addition to my private practice I have worked for two years as a counsellor at London Metropolitan University & two years at The Minster Centre Therapy service.