It takes a great deal of courage to contact a therapist or counsellor and I aim to make the process a positive, useful and hopefully transformative experience.
I believe that there is real potential for change held in the relationship between psychotherapist and client. I use an integrative model of counselling and psychotherapy and embrace psychodynamic, humanistic and transpersonal approaches. This enables me to combine more traditional theory with other techniques and allows a client's individuality to be expressed in the therapy process.
Each client is unique and I work in an authentic way to allow your true nature to come through. It is a privilege to work with clients and to offer a space for you to totally be yourself. You will be listened to and supported in a process to enable you to start living life in a way that has meaning to you.
I trained as a Transpersonal psychotherapist at CCPE, The Centre for Counselling in Psychotherapy Education in Maida Vale. I work in a confidential, non judgemental and sensitive way.
In Transpersonal psychotherapy, personal breakdowns are often seen as having a purpose in order to allow us to unfold and change. I focus on personal growth encompassing mind, body and spirit. When we are faced with a crisis, this can mean reassessing our motivations, our sense of purpose and meaning in life. I often work with dreams and use active imagination to gain a better understanding of what might be causing a block and to gain more clarity and self-awareness.
I seek to build and expand on a clients core qualities and strengths and to balance the person’s energies and lifestyle. I work with you towards learning how your unique history and character are creating symptoms which you are seeking to understand in order to unfold and find a new way of being. I believe that we are all trying to become our whole selves and that there may be aspects of ourselves that need to be understood in order for us to reach our fullest potential.
I normally meet a prospective client for an initial session and at this first appointment we can discuss your individual needs and gain a sense of whether we might be able to work together. After this, we will arrange to meet once a week for 50 minutes at an agreed time to look at your particular issues. After six weeks we can review these sessions to find out whether the therapy is benefitting you and whether you wish to continue.
I see both individual clients for both short term and open-ended therapeutic work and we move at your own pace. There is no right or wrong length of time for therapy and to build up a sense of trust.
Training and qualifications
I completed a one year Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy Foundation course at the WPF, The Westminster Pastoral Foundation in (2007).
Following this, I trained as a psychotherapist at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Maida Vale, completing a four year post-graduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2009-2012). The training is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am a registered and accredited UKCP psychotherapist.
My initial work was with clients through the Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Befriending Scheme. At the end of this time, I was awarded for my work over this period in offering ‘Reflective practice and drive to make a difference’.
Prior to beginning my private practice, I worked as a trainee counsellor/psychotherapist for three years with both short term and long term clients at FreshStart Psychotherapy. This service is based in W2 and offers low cost counselling to anyone living in Greater London.
I have been on clinical placement at the Cassel Hospital in Richmond, Surrey. The Cassel provides specialist assessment and treatment services for those with severe and complex personality disorders.
In terms of my career prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I have worked in the media industry for over twenty years. This experience has meant I have an understanding of the pressures of working in a fast paced and stressful environment.
My fees start at £65.00 for an individual session.