I offer psychodynamic counselling to help you with emotional problems that may be troubling you. I am a professionally qualified, experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, offering time-limited and longer term therapy.
The counselling I offer provides a calm and supportive space in which you can explore what is troubling you, without fear of being judged or criticized. You will then be able to gain greater insight and understanding of the thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that affect your life and relationships.
The type of therapy I provide is psychodynamic psychotherapy, which is based on the principle that past experiences and events can influence how we feel and function in the present. Working with a trained psychotherapist offers an opportunity to grow and change in ways you might not be able to achieve on your own or with friends and family. The personal growth that may take place in therapy can free you from the limitations of old patterns. This allows more realistic and effective ways for improving the quality of your life, your relationships and how you feel about yourself.
People consult a psychotherapist for many different reasons. They may want to pursue personal growth or perhaps they feel they have emotional issues such as anxiety or depression. The kinds of emotional problems people often seek help with are:
Feeling stressed and anxious
Coming to terms with losses such as bereavement, divorce or redundancy
Unable to make or sustain relationships
Difficulties at work or with friends or family
Confused, feeling low, lacking self-esteem, or having feelings of not being able to achieve
Confusion with issues around identity and sexuality
Destructive patterns of behaviour with alcohol, drugs, food, money, self-harmingIf you are experiencing difficulties such as these, you may find psychotherapy helpful.
The First Steps
Making the decision and taking the first step to look for a psychotherapist can seem difficult, and it is important that you find a counsellor you feel comfortable with. After an initial phone conversation we would arrange a first appointment, where you can ask questions and explore how psychotherapy could help you. If we decide to continue we would arrange a mutually convenient time for regular sessions.
Issues often worked with
The first appointment is 50. If we decide to continue and work together my fees for each regular session are 45-75. There are a limited number of lower fee sessions available. We can discuss the fees for regular weekly sessions at our initial meeting.
Training and qualifications
I trained at WPF therapy, one of the leading psychodynamic and psychoanalytic training organisations in the UK. I hold a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from WPF Therapy, London, and a BACP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies from Roehampton University.
Before training as a therapist I studied music and worked as a musician. I also have a lot of experience of working in the corporate sector.
I am a registered professional member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC). I work to their professional Codes of Ethics and Practice.
I appear on a voluntary register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. The Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) scheme was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public. This accreditation demonstrates commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a better service.