I hold a Diploma in Gestalt psychotherapeutic counselling. I am also a UKCP Trainee member working towards an accredited MSc qualification in Gestalt Psychotherapy, in my 4th year of training at Metanoia Institute. I am bound by the UKCP code of ethics.
For one year, I worked as a counsellor at an organisation in Central London offering support for women, men and couples to discuss their difficulties with pregnancy, pregnancy loss and related issues. I have also worked for the last two years as a counsellor at Kingston Bereavement Service, recently supporting individuals who have suffered Covid-related loss.
I work within a Gestalt approach to psychotherapy. Gestalt works in a relational and integrated way, paying careful attention to the whole of your experience, including your emotions, thoughts and physical sensations that emerge in the present moment.
Here are some of the issues clients may bring to me: depression, anxiety, anger, abuse, trauma, addiction, relationship issues, marital and pre-marital concerns, domestic violence, family conflicts, panic attacks, low moods, feelings of loneliness and low self-esteem, bereavement; as well as those going through major life changes, such as pregnancy, birth, and menopause.
Prior to my training as a psychotherapist, I have worked in the corporate world for over 15 years and have developed an understanding of work-related issues and stress, in particular of the challenges for working parents struggling to reach a satisfying work-life balance.
I have always been interested in working with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Some of the issues my clients bring are to do with living in a new country, communication and relationships, identity, or conflicts between personal choices and the pressure of society, family or the community they belong to.
On occasions I may suggest some creative approaches (pastels, stones, drawing) as a way of exploring difficulties if it seems it may help and if you are happy to try a new approach.
I am a native French speaker and offer therapy in both French and English.