I aim to meet you as one human being to another and my counselling style is gentle. I offer a confidential space, where you can feel safe, understood and trusted, as you start to explore the reasons why you feel the way you do.
I have considerable experience working with clients who seek help for a range of emotional difficulties, including anxiety, depression, panic disorder, family and relationship issues, loss, low self-esteem, work-related stress, and addictions (alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, internet).I have many years experience of working with 12-step programmes.
I am experienced in short-term counselling as well as long term therapy and work with adult clients of all ages and backgrounds.
HOW THERAPY CAN HELP
Therapy is a very personal process. It gives you the chance to explore your thoughts, behaviour and emotions in a safe and impartial setting, outside your usual circles of family and friends, and with a trained professional whom you can trust to keep things completely confidential.
Talking about your difficulties, and working them through in this setting, can help you see things from a different perspective. As well as helping to ease emotional difficulties or destructive behavioural patterns, it can lead to deep and long-lasting changes allowing you to move forward with increased resource to meet life's challenges and a greater openness to new experiences.
As an Integrative therapist I am able to draw on a range of knowledge and skills from different established theoretical backgrounds - particularly Psychodynamic, Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. We are all unique and this way of working helps me to adapt the therapy to fit the client, rather than adapting the client to fit the therapy.
Often the struggles we experience in adult relationships have their roots in difficulties experienced during childhood. It’s sometimes painful to relive difficult memories but we will work at your pace and with the material you feel able to bring. As well as considering the past, it’s important to consider how repeated patterns of thinking in the present may prevent you moving forward.
My overall aim is to provide a safe and empathic environment, allowing you to acquire greater understanding of where your problems originate, process the feelings you experience as you acquire this understanding, and begin to heal and move forwards in your life.
THE NEXT STEP
Finding the right therapist is a challenging process and I aim to make it as straightforward and helpful as possible. Please feel free to email me with any questions you have, or to book an initial session.
Training and qualifications
- Post Graduate Diploma (with merit) Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Roehampton University
- Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- B.Sc. (Hons) Social Sciences, South Bank University
- In addition to my private practice, I gained extensive experience working in Addiction, NHS and private counselling agency settings, including:
- Honorary Counsellor at ASCA (Addiction Support and Care Agency); 4 years working long and short term with clients who presented with a range of addiction issues.
- Honorary Counsellor at Putneymead Medical Centre; 1 year working short-term with clients presenting a wide array of complex issues.
- Honorary Counsellor at Counselling Initiatives – 2 years working with a wide range of presenting issues.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and subscribe to their code of ethics. My experience in the corporate world where I held management positions in both media and hospitality sectors, also informs my work. I know first-hand the challenges and stresses of demanding workplaces, particularly the struggle to balance all aspects of our lives, both personal and professional, and of building and maintaining healthy relationships.
I have worked with and advised many leading hospitality employers on helping individuals who experience alcohol and substance misuse, including Hyatt Regency Churchill, Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, The Goring, Dorchester, Claridges, Fat Duck Group, Soho House Group, Gordon Ramsay Group to name a few.
I charge £80 per session in Central London and £60 per session in Richmond. All sessions are 55 minutes duration.
I also work with clients on Skype and FaceTime for £50 per session.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.