About Me and My Work
I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS.)
Throughout my working life I have been involved in supporting, enabling and encouraging individuals to grow and change. Prior to training and qualifying as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, I trained and worked as an Occupational Psychologist in the City.
I offer confidential face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy to help you gain a greater understanding of why you feel the way you do. I am trained to listen and offer a non-judgemental environment where you can talk through your problems and find ways of making choices to improve your quality of life. I practice with a relational approach, which means I try to meet you as much as possible as one human being to another, rather than treat or analyse you. I will work slightly differently with each client – what you will get is me, in relation to you and what you bring, rather than a fixed approach or school of thought.
I work with clients on an individual basis dealing with a wide range of issues. The length of time clients work with me varies according to the needs of each person and includes both longer term psychotherapeutic work as well as short term solution focused counselling. In broad terms, short term counselling will typically be between 6 to 12 sessions whilst working psychotherapeutically at greater depth will take longer.
People seek counselling or longer term psychotherapy for any number of reasons. If you have never had therapy before, it might feel overwhelming but I hope at all times to make you feel comfortable to allow you to express yourself.
Choosing the right therapy and indeed therapist can be confusing and difficult if you haven’t had any previous experience of it. It takes a great deal of courage to pick up the phone or make contact and admit that you need some help. There are no easy ways to get over the fear and anxiety that you might feel and it is important to remember that this is a normal part of our lives. Accepting these feelings is all part of the process. Many people leave their first session feeling relieved that they have taken the first step.
Issues that I deal with include but are not limited to:
Bereavement and Loss
Low Confidence and Self-Esteem
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Metanoia Institute)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Metanoia Institute)
MSc in Occupational Psychology (City, University of London)
BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Birkbeck, University of London)
ACCREDITATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
MBACP (Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Member of the Metanoia Institute
MBPsS (Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society)
I make a regular commitment to my Continuing Professional Development
I have regular supervision