I am an integrative counsellor, with over 25 years experience as a lawyer, business leader and coach. I’ve coached leaders for fifteen years as a consultant and in my private coaching practice and now work therapeutically with a diverse range of clients.
I’ve come to realise, after many years of working in high pressurised environments, balancing family and work commitments, that I’ve always been trying to “get somewhere”. Just being in the moment and finding space for myself has been one of the biggest challenges.
Therapy was a place where this was an offer. The only demand was to be with myself, to find out what I was really thinking and feeling, and I found great peace in that once I had learned to quieten my mind enough to allow it. In time, I discovered that the space facilitated me to make better decisions, build more nourishing relationships, and start to create a life that worked for me as well as everyone else. I no longer had to get somewhere, I just had to be where I was, and the healing and transformation would come.
I hope to offer the same to my clients.
As an integrative counsellor, I draw on many different approaches which means that each relationship is very unique (as are all of our relationships). I place great importance on building a therapeutic relationship where you feel that you can explore whatever is most important to you, at the pace and in the way you wish. You are at the centre of all our work, and I believe that the answers to whatever questions you’re asking come from within you, at a mind, body and spirit level. My job is to accompany you back to yourself. Along the way, we will examine what your life experience has been so far; how it has shaped you; how you have learned to build relationships and what beliefs and assumptions you carry into your connections with others so that you have a deeper awareness of yourself and your life.
You may not be sure whether therapy is for you, or be clear about what exactly you “do” in therapy, or who you would like to work with. I understand that it can be quite nerve-wracking to take the first step and am available to answer any questions you have to figure out what is best for you.
At a practical level, I work face to face with individuals on a short or long term basis from my Islington and City practices. If you would like support, please call or email me to arrange an initial appointment and we will agree how we might work together.
Training and qualifications
I have a diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Minster Centre (a UKCP registered centre for integrative psychotherapy) and am a member of the BACP (MBACP).
I also have a Diploma in Coaching (2005) and in Coaching Supervision (2014).
I comply with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
As well as my private practice, I volunteer at the low cost therapy service at Highbury Counselling Centre. There I support clients in the local community with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, burnout, eating disorders, issues of sexual and racial identity, sexual abuse, grief and trauma.
Please ask about fees as they vary depending on the kind of work we do and where we meet.