I am a fully qualified psychotherapist & counsellor.
I have many years experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds around issues including depression, anxiety, relationship and family difficulties, bereavement and loss, abuse including sexual abuse, trauma, low self esteem, stagnation, retirement and difficulties related to pregnancy and parenthood.
It can sometimes feel difficult to reach out to those around us when we are experiencing emotional difficulties.
It may be that we fear being judged in some way or that we imagine we are ‘burdening’ other people.
Therapy can offer a safe, calm and supportive space to talk things through.
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I believe that much of our emotional difficulty in the present can be linked to significant events and relationships in our past.
By working with a trained professional to explore and understand this, we can gain new insight into our emotional world, leading to greater self-acceptance, new ways of relating and lasting positive change.
I usually suggest meeting for an initial consultation.
At an initial consultation you can tell me about yourself and what is going on for you at the moment that is making you think about therapy.
It is also an opportunity for us to explore your expectations of therapy and for you to ask questions and see if you would feel comfortable working with me
If you decide to proceed, we would then agree a therapy arrangement based around your individual therapeutic needs.
This would involve our meeting at the same time every week for a 50 minute therapy session either on an open-ended basis or in a time-limited arrangement.
Analytical Psychologist, Jungian Analyst
I am a Training Analyst and Supervisor with a well established private practice with considerable experience of working within the National Health Service.
Empathy, warmth, compassion and non judgmental support are probably common to all talking therapies and my approach varies according to the individual needs and circumstances of each person, drawing upon the various methods I have studied.
My main training is in the interpretation of dreams, known as Analytical Psychology or Jungian Analysis, which is Depth Psychology, and is the unique contribution of the Swiss Psychiatrist Dr Carl Gustav Jung. Working in this way, with the focus on one’s dreams provides an enriching and life enhancing experience offering invaluable new insights.
I am registered with the The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), a member of The Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP), and a member of The International Association for Analytical Psychologists (IAAP) with strict adherence to their Code of Ethics and Practice, committed to maintaining professionally high standards through continuing professional development.
My background has always involved patient care, my original training was in medical physics, working in Radiotherapy & Oncology and then in Nuclear Medicine at Kings College Hospital and Guy’s Hospital for over ten years where the groundwork for my therapeutic training really began. Throughout this time I witnessed immense suffering as well as the joy and relief that healing brings.
Psychotherapy can’t provide a magic answer but it can help you understand yourself, identify the issues you face, and let you know that you have a choice to move more confidently into the future.
I work with clients who experience anxiety, depression, stuckness, stress, low self-esteem; relationship and family difficulties; loss and bereavement. Thinking through such feelings and experiences may not be easy to do on your own. I generally work from a psychodynamic perspective which recognises that current difficulties have roots in the past. I also hold a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and can provide time-limited psychotherapy .
Qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) , UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy), BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and a professional member of the FPC (Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling).
In addition to my private practice I have public sector experience. I have also worked with a specialist psychological unit within the NHS, for clients with complex issues.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist, Counsellor
I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, working with adults of all ages from diverse backgrounds who are experiencing a variety of issues.
I know that to explore difficult feelings and worries, it is important to have a safe and secure place to allow thoughts and feelings to arise in their own time, and in a non-judgmental and confidential relationship. Sometimes your concerns can benefit from a short-term approach, but difficulties which are rooted in past experiences or childhood may take more time to be made sense of.
People who come to see me have experienced a range of issues in life, which may be helped by exploring feelings and thoughts. These include relationship difficulties (both heterosexual and LGBT+) either at home or at work, feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression, post-natal depression, low self confidence and self esteem, difficulty communicating feelings and emotions, childhood trauma, Disability, unexplained health symptoms, suicidal feelings, addiction, abuse, self-harm, eating disorders , bereavement and loss,or coming to terms with life changing events such as being or becoming a parent, separation or divorce, becoming a carer, redundancy and retirement. I also work with Boarding School survivors.
I offer both short term counselling and long term psychotherapy .
I have worked in the voluntary sector, in private practice, in a secondary school and in NHS (in a psychotherapy unit and for GPs).
To make an initial appointment, you can telephone 07914394814, although you may be put through to voicemail. Your voicemail message is confidential and I will respond as soon as possible.
I offer a limited number of places for those who are unable to afford the full fee.
Helytállni egy idegen országban nem könnyű. Távol a megszokott környezettől, elszakadva a családtól és a barátoktól, könnyen eluralkodhat rajtunk a gyökertelenség és a magány érzése. Ugyanakkor a múltunkat nem hagyhatjuk teljesen a hátunk mögött, megoldatlan konfliktusaink, problémáink új életünkbe is elkísérnek. Amikor úgy érezzük beleragadtunk egy bizonyos élethelyzetbe vagy újra és újra ugyanabba a problémába ütközünk, mintha az sorsszerűen üldözne minket, jól jöhet a szakember segítsége.
A feltáró munka során felismerhetjük, melyek azok a tudattalan gondolati, viselkedési minták, amelyek lehetetlenne teszik, hogy kilépjünk az ördögi körből, és kezünkbe vegyük életünk iranyítását. Hogyan lehet megváltoztatni ezeket az alapsémákat és ezáltal felszabadítani a személyiséget, hogy kibontakozhassanak a benne rejlő lehetőségek.
A bizalom és az önmagunkba vetett hit helyreallítása lehetővé teszi a védekező pozíció feladását. A szorongást és a lehangoltságot felválthatja az izgalom, a merészség és a spontaneitás. A pszichologiai munka soran megtanuljuk igényeink szabadabb kifejezését, saját és mások érzelmeinek mélyebb megértését, konstruktívabb személyes kapcsolatok kialakítását, és végül képessé válunk felelősséget vállalni saját életünkért.
Drawing on ideas and methods from different schools of thought, I tailor how I work in response to each individual and their concerns. My approach is relational and flexible and drawn in particular from existential psychotherapy, gestalt, psychodynamics and mindfulness. I offer a supportive and open space where you’ll be listened to, taken seriously, encouraged to reflect more deeply on your life experiences and to find a new perspective on whatever is troubling you. At the heart of my approach is the belief that we all have the capacity, creativity and inner resources to find our own solutions and that self-awareness is key to finding balance, emotional resilience and well being.
I work with people who bring a wide range of concerns. I’m also a trained bereavement counsellor with over 5 years experience in an NHS Hospice, this includes working with people suffering a traumatic bereavement such as a suicide, sudden death, death of a child.
Please click on the link to my website for more details about me and how I work.
Monday & Wednesday: Ludgate Hill Practice, 89 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
Thursday: The Chandlery, 50 Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, London SE1 7QY
Fee: £60 per session (50 minutes), this is payable in cash or cheque on the day.
Cancellation policy: I ask for at least 48 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise the fee for the missed session is payable.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc. Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex University) Metanoia Institute.
BSc. (Hons) Psychology (Birkbeck College, University of London)
In addition to private practice my clinical experience includes work in the NHS and voluntary sector:
Bereavement counsellor/psychotherapist in an NHS Hospice bereavement service for over 5 years. I received additional training here. My experience/training includes working with traumatic bereavements, including death by suicide, accident, and the death of a child.
Counsellor for the mental health charity MIND.
Honorary Psychotherapist in NHS Hospital Psychotherapy unit: seeing patients referred through their GP or mental health services for long term psychotherapy.
I have also been a Samaritan Volunteer.
Earlier in my career I worked in social services teaching adults with autism.
My experience includes ongoing work with psychotherapy/counselling trainees
As a Chartered Counselling Psychologist using an Integrative approach with a strong emphasis on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I can help and support you devise solutions to problems and teach you new skills and techniques, working with you to develop resilience and a more positive attitude towards life’s difficulties.
My approach to treatment is tailored to your individual needs and my training as a psychologist allows me the flexibility to draw on a wide range of psychological theories and therapeutic models.
My aim is to create a compassionate and supportive space where you can openly consider and discuss concerns, problems, aspirations and goals, thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
I offer safe and confidential therapy at my private practice in Central London. An initial consultation will be an opportunity for us to talk about your problems and how the therapy can help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having over 10 years of experience working in the NHS, Voluntary and Private Sectors, I now work solely in private practice in Central London.
I work with individuals who are struggling with a wide range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, anger management, phobias, trauma, eating disorders, and more.
Training & Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology 2001
Diploma in Counselling Psychology 2004
Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology 2006
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology 2007
Diploma in Eating Disorders 2010
Certificate in Obesity Management 2011
Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders and Obesity 2011
Plus training courses in Trauma/PTSD, Stress Management, Addictions, OCD, Anxiety/Panic Attacks and Anger Management.
I engage in continuing training and professional development to ensure that my practice affords the best informed care.
Professional Registration & Memberships:
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council
Registered Member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
I abide by the Professional Codes of Conduct and Ethical Practices of the above organisations to provide assurance that my service is professional and legitimate.
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
I qualified as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist in 2006 and have fifteen years experience of working in the NHS and more recently in private sector in which I continue to work as a therapist and supervisor. I offer services to work with a range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and more enduring personality issues. I use evidence based approaches to enable a positive process of change in the clients that I see.
I have extensive experience of assessing and treating clients across a broad range of healthcare settings, this has included work in GP surgeries, community mental health teams and an inpatient forensic service. During this time I have worked with adults, adolescents and children experiencing emotional difficulties.
I have been repeatedly moved by the immense resilience that I have witnessed in people being able to transform their lives despite very challenging lifelong experiences. This also demonstrates that by understanding ourselves and our relationships with others, we can identify how we might become stuck. This entails not just understanding the past but being proactive about creating change in the present via learning new ways of coping. I will be aiming to work alongside you so that together we can gain a detailed understanding of the issue in helping you to move forward. I believe in working collaboratively and sensitively to use my psychological experience to alleviate distress and facilitate change.
Anya Natasha Charnaud founder of ANC Therapy.
I am an experienced, qualified and accredited psychological therapist offering private therapy to those looking for someone to talk to.
Life can be difficult and sometimes we all need someone to talk to. Whether you’re experiencing current challenges or have unresolved issues from the past, talking through your problems with a qualified therapist in a safe environment can help you transform your life. As the old adage goes, a problem shared is a problem halved…
Finding the right therapist is a personal and often difficult experience. How do you choose someone to confide your most difficult feelings to? When it comes to finding a therapist it is important that you feel in control of who you choose to work with.
With over 10 years’ experience in statutory, private and NHS counselling, I have extensive understanding of individual personal needs. I have worked in a specialist trauma service within King’s College Hospital for over 7 years and prior to this I have worked in the addictions field.
I hold graduate and post graduate qualifications in psychological therapy and maintain a high calibre of continued professional developmentto provide the best possible training to allow you the best possible up-to-date treatment.
I have worked in a wide range of settings and have no limitations of types of difficulties I would work with.
Anya’s Speciality Areas Are:
- addictive disorders
- sexual assault and rape
- pre-trial therapy for those who are witnesses within the criminal justice system working in accordance to home office guidelines.
View our full range of services and pricing.
I am an accreditated registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); I follow the BACP ethical framework and adhere to confidentiality and work in an effective non-judgmental setting offering clients the opportunity to work through their difficulties with peace of mind.
I have a regular lecture slot on a national forensic sexual assault examiners course and have presented at an international conference in South Africa on the work I have done within the sexual violence field within the NHS.
Anya’s Qualifications, Training:
Anya Charnaud BA (hons), FdSc, PGCert, MBACP (Accred)
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Cultural Studies, University of Roehampton.
- Foundation Degree Sciences, Addictions Counselling, University of Bath.
- Post Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling, University of Oxford.
- Accredited, Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), The Tavistock/Anna Freud Centre.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections Foundation Course (STIF).
- Adult Sexual Assault Forensic Training Course.
- Follow the BACP ethical framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- Adhere to confidentiality and work in an effective non-judgmental setting.
Recent Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
- Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Institute of Psychiatry Kings College Hospital.
- Working with personality disorders workshop, Dean Cross East London NHS Trust.
- Introduction to Transactional Analysis, Metanoia Institute.
- Commitment and Acceptance Therapy for Insomnia – British Psychological Society
Types of session include:
- Online counselling
- Telephone counselling
- Face to face counselling
To schedule an appointment with Anya, please call: +44 (0)7787 411 507 or send a message using the Contact Us form.
I work closely with a private consultant psychiatrist for those wishing to be referred for discreet, confidential psychiatric assessment. I take private self referrals, as well as referrals from other psychiatrists and other external agencies.
Can you describe a bit more about how you work?
I work in an integrative, creative, embodied way, which means I am trained in several different modalities and will draw from them according to your needs.
For example, I might offer a safe witness to painful parts of your history, or I might offer ways of changing or managing negative thoughts that arise in the present.
Usually I work combining looking backwards and looking forwards: that is, work towards understanding the experiences that contribute to your challenges, and find ways to manage and overcome the echoes of these experiences in the present. I find sensations in the body a useful informant for our emotions, so usually will attend to these too.
I will encourage anything that there isn’t plain language for to be expressed with the body, in drawings or verbal images, if that appeals to you.
We can discuss what you feel might be helpful in the initial session, and if I think something might be useful as we along, I will offer it directly to you for discussion.
I have experience with a wide range of issues that include stress, abuse, anxiety, relationship issues, gender and sexuality, bereavement, abandonment, disability, chronic illness, self harm and low-self worth.
Why are you a counsellor?
I believe that we have all done our best to survive and adapt to the circumstances of our pasts, but that sometimes we need help letting go of what isn’t useful anymore and finding the freedom to live the life that we want. I want to do work that challenges the message that we must be inauthentic about how we feel to be acceptable. I came to counselling as someone who found being a client incredibly healing, and wanted to pass that experience on. I’m here to help give you a leg up into breathing more easily.
I am a qualified, registered and experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist practicing in the City of London. I can provide a safe space for you to talk without criticism, judgement or blame.I work from a psychodynamic approach which recognises that present difficulties, such as depression, anxiety or relationship problems, can be linked to earlier experiences. Understanding the underlying nature of your difficulties can help to alleviate suffering.
To explore if psychotherapy is for you, the first step is a short phone conversation during which you can tell me a little about your situation and raise any questions you have. Either call me directly on 07583 207 521 or follow a link on this page to send me an email with your phone number and a convenient time I can call you. If you feel you would like to explore psychotherapy / counselling further we will then arrange a meeting.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience in working with a broad range of issues including, anxiety, stress, bereavement, anger, relationship difficulties, eating disorders and phobias. I have an Postgraduate Diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, which is one of the leading training institutions in the country. I have also worked for the NHS as an honorary psychotherapist at Barts hospital.
I am a registered professional member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), and the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC). I follow their professional codes of ethics, and complaints and grievance procedures. I participate in peer support programmes and I am currently doing an honorary qualification in assessment at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation.
What can I offer you?
How does this work?
During the sessions, we will work together to explore the issues you are faced with. The purpose of my role is to provide a collaborative environment; drawing on my professional experience and qualifications to ensure you are given the support you need.
I believe that people are resilient. Given the right environment, and the opportunity to speak freely about their experiences; the individual can accept who they are and reconnect with themselves.
Why did I become a Counsellor?
I decided to pursue a career in Counselling after working in a high pressure, corporate organisation in the City of London for many years. My desire to help others drew me towards Psychotherapy, and after training extensively and working at a number of Counselling practices; I eventually started up my own private practice in the City where I work as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist full-time, whilst continuing to work at the Counselling charities. Since starting out as a Counsellor, I have witnessed the positive change in people, which has confirmed the importance of this profession and increased my passion for supporting mental health.
Experience and Qualifications
Several years working as a Bereavement Counsellor
Several years working as a Counsellor, dealing with general mental health issues.
BACP certificate of proficiency
CPCAB level 4 diploma in therapeutic counselling
CPCAB level 3 certificate in counselling studies
CPCAB level 2 certificate in counselling skills
Chartered Clinical Psychologist, CBT Therapies
Registered in France in the directory of “Agence Régionale de Santé des Hauts de Seine” . My ADELI number is 929303337
Registered as a Chartered Member Psychologist with “The British Psychological Society (BPS)” and with the HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist
My training in France
- DESS et DEA de Psychologie Clinique et Pathologique, Université Paris 8-St Denis
- Accredited in CBT/TCC with the “AFTCC”, Paris
- Specialized accreditation in CBT for personality disorders, Young’s Schemas Therapy , and ACT therapy
I’ve been working during 10 years in a University Hospital, in a psychiatry unit for adults. I was in charge of consultations for in and out patients. I facilitated psychotherapies and many groups as well for anxiety, mood disorders, addictions, psychosis.
Expert as well in gambling addiction, I used to work with this kind of issue within a long time and I’ve been an honorary psychotherapist for The National Problem Gambling Clinic in London until now.
Fifteen years work in open ended once weekly long term psychodynamic counselling.
Ten years work in twice and three times weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Three years work in time limited (one year) psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Qualifications and Training
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy FPC.
Training Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
Jungian Analyst, psychodynamic psychotherapist
As a Jungian Analyst I believe each of us has an an inner healer that can guide us towards a deeper, more emotionally fulfilling relationship with ourselves, others and the world around us – if we are open to it. Inner work is tough work, but within the problem you are facing, no matter how bad, is an opportunity to grow.
I am an IAAP accredited Jungian Analyst and a member of the AJA. I have an MA in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (Roehampton) and an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF). I also have a Certificate in Supervision (SAP).
I am engaged in ongoing research and writing. I participate in peer support programmes and ongoing professional development to ensure that my practice in central London affords the best informed care.
I am an counsellor and therapist with over 20 years experience and have practices in the City of London and in St Albans, Hertfordshire. I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor, a Member of the BACP Coaching Division and a UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor and accredited alcohol counsellor.
Having spent many years working in corporate communications in the City before training to become a therapist, I am able to provide a service sensitive to City culture.
Under Areas of Expertise you will find subjects specialised in, including; Drug and Alcohol related problems, Work related matters, Relationships, Eating Disorders, Everyday Stress and matters affecting your Work and Life Balance
I have been working with people in private practice since 1992 when I started my first training as a counsellor.
I have always maintained my private practice alongside other work. Most recently this included a seven year period of work in the NHS as a clinician and manager of a primary care GP counselling service in Newham, East London. Between 2004 and 2016 I continued my interest in primary care mental health in my role as Clinical Supervisor for a team of GP-based counsellors and therapists working for a local NHS Trust. I am also interested in supporting GPs and the psychological work that they do with their patients and to this end I run Balint Groups for GPs – go ☞ here to read more about my Balint Group Leader work.
Prior to my work in Newham I worked for many years in the voluntary sector: at London Lighthouse in Ladbrook Grove, coordinating volunteer support for people with HIV/AIDS living independently in the community, and at The Red Admiral Project, a dedicated counselling centre for all those affected by HIV/AIDS, at the time, in Earls Court.
Before retraining I had a successful career in IT and worked as a systems analyst and software engineer for large blue-chip companies in London. I continue to keep abreast of developments in IT and technology.
Training, accreditation and memberships
Following counselling training I began my psychotherapy training in 1995 at the Metanoia Institute in West London where I was awarded my Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy in 2001. At the same time I graduated from the University of Middlesex with a Masters degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy. I was awarded a post-graduate level Diploma in Clinical Supervision by the Whittington Hospital School of Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2000. I am a Graduate Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training Institute (GPTI) and registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), both as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I am a member of the Irish Forum for Counselling & Psychotherapy and an Accredited Member of The Balint Society.
I continue to attend my own on-going, regular supervision with senior colleagues and maintain and develop my practice through various activities broadly described by the term Continuing Professional Development.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor working from a private practice in Great Waltham, Essex (near Chelmsford) and from a practice in the City of London.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work with both adults and young people offering short and long term therapy.
A confidential, warm, friendly, supportive, non judgemental environment. A space where you can feel safe to talk about your feelings, thoughts, fears and concerns.
My role as a therapist is to work with you to help you understand and clarify what it is that is troubling you and to help you find ways to work through your issues, enhancing your self awareness and resilience as you work towards a healthy, positive outcome.
Humanistic, Existential, Psychodynamic
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist working in London for the last ten years. Talking to a therapist can make sense of painful events and feelings, helping you to heal, move on and fulfil your potential. I offer a secure, confidential, non-judgemental space where you can explore your experiences at your own pace.
Often our past informs our present and determines our feelings about the future. Sometimes it can prevent us from being truly ourselves. I work with you to explore your experiences in order to better understand who you are and what you might become, to find meaning and a greater sense of purpose in life. This in turn can help to create better relationships with partners, colleagues and family and to stop repeating negative thoughts, behaviour and relationships. Whether you are struggling with a traumatic life event or a more general feeling of sadness and a lack of purpose, therapy can help.
I trained in humanistic, existential and psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy, and I like to draw on whatever seems most appropriate in each individual case. But central to my practice is creating a strong relationship with my client. I have worked with a large range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, anger, abuse, addiction, bereavement, relationships, panic disorder, eating disorders and low self-esteem.
I generally see you for fifty minutes, once a week. You can have either short term counselling, or longer term open-ended psychotherapy. Often it doesn’t become clear which is most appropriate until we have seen each other a few times.
To start with I offer an initial non-obligatory consultation which gives us the opportunity to meet, talk through the process, and see if I can help.
I qualified as a counsellor and psychotherapist at Roehampton University and went on to study the work of Carl Jung at the Society for Analytical Psychology.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their ethical guidelines.
My experience includes working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for the Tasha Foundation in Brentford and the Bush Doctors GP practice in W12. For many years I have seen people from the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society.
£75 a session
I am an Integrative Counsellor and yoga/mindfulness teacher with a background of teaching creative students in Higher Education. Integrative means I can drawn on a variety of psychotherapeutic theories in my work as well as being attentive to thoughts, feelings and body sensation if appropriate. For more about me please see my website.
Who do I work with?
I work with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties often amongst other difficulties such as an eating disorder, or low self-esteem. Family disruption, abuse, trauma, unresolved grief, and bereavement may also shape an individual’s difficulty.
Culturally sensitive, I welcome diversity of age, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual identity. I will respect and understand your ideas, beliefs and values and not impose mine on you.
What happens in a session?
We will talk about what you are thinking, feeling and experiencing and explore possible connections between past and present. Depending upon what you bring, we can find ways forward to help you to feel better. Sometimes just allowing your thoughts and feelings to be shared and aired is relieving and healing.
Integrative counsellor (Humanistic, Psychodynamic)
I offer a gentle, non-judgemental space in which to reflect on and explore any difficulties you may be experiencing. My integrative, relational approach means we can work together to understand your needs and tailor the support to your personal requirements and experiences. This may involve looking at your past and how it is still impacting your present, such as in your relationships or any unhelpful behaviours, and may include cognitive and behavioural techniques if agreed this may be useful.
I am particularly experienced in working with eating disorders, addiction and compulsive behaviours, and bereavement..
Please call or email me to set up an initial session where we’ll talk about what you hope to get from counselling and how it could work; if we decide to continue we would then arrange to meet weekly, ideally at a regular time.
I qualified with a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (humanist and psychodynamic) from the Mary Ward Centre. I also recently completed a Diploma in Core Process Psychotherapy Relational Mindfulness, and a Certificate in DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy).
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their ethical guidelines.
Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
I worked for the United Nations as a conference translator, as Head of an export area and as a Business Consultant for the textile industry prior to retraining full time, from 2000, in the field of Counselling & Psychotherapy.My re-training involved working in a Special Needs School for pupils with mild learning disabilities (4-16 year olds, from 2000-01) and as a Learning Support Assistant and Learning Mentor in a London school (13-16 year old girls from 2001-02) where I was asked to focus on behaviour and provide bereavement support.
I also worked for eight years for the Psychological and Pastoral Care Department of the Royal Marsden, Chelsea site (2002-2010). My role as Relatives Support Co-ordinator involved working with partners, parents, children, close friends of cancer patients who had reached the palliative care stage of their illness. I also set up and ran a bereavement service. I trained as an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist at The Bowlby Centre (previously known as CAPP) and qualified in 2009.
As with most therapists, I have had to manage and process difficult life events. I bring my life experience together with my personal and professional training, which includes twelve years of personal therapy, to the therapy room.
TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS
- Cruse bereavement counsellor, 1996
- Certificate in Counselling in Education (Basic clinical and theoretical skills), Roehampton Institute, University of Surrey, 2001
- Post-graduate Diploma in Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, CAPP (Now the Bowlby Centre), 2005-2009
- Working with Families with Physical Illness: a Systemic Approach, The Tavistock Centre (Portman and Tavistock NHS Trust), 2009
- CBT Foundation Training for practising counsellors and psychotherapists, Hemmings Field Associates, 2011
- Post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Supervision, Regent’s College, 2012
I attend numerous training and CPD events as well as conferences every year, on the themes of trauma, dissociation, body/mind work, the impact of life limiting illness, depression, working with adolescents, self-harm, suicidality, neuroscience and attachment. I attend regular weekly supervision. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP, Private Practice, University & Colleges and Healthcare Sections) and of the National Counselling Society (MNCS (Accred)). I am also a member of the Bowlby Centre and of the Relational School.
I can work in English, French and Spanish.
Attachment theory is my main theoretical framework. I first came across John Bowlby’s writing when I trained with Cruse Bereavement Care in 1996. His work and understanding of the human mind made complete sense to me. Bowlby’s Attachment Theory postulates that all primates have an ‘attachment’ system which is part of their survival mechanism (it makes, for example, a parent respond to the cry of his/her child or a child seek out the parent in a strange situation).
This “wired in” attachment system reacts with the environment we are born into. It is also affected by our temperament. This means we all learn different things, unconsciously, from our early attachments and will develop different strategies for attaching to others. This may affect the quality of our personal relationships, and our ability to function effectively at work. A confidential and safe space in therapy allows the exploration of your attachment patterns to help you understand why you are the way you are, and facilitate your moving away from those patterns which are unhelpful. John Bowlby and other researchers after him also demonstrated the importance of the mourning of losses (big and small) over a life time and the devastating impact unresolved grief can have on the human psyche.
A subject’s ability to mourn will determine his/her ability to acknowledge the loss, mourn the loss, adjust and recover over time so as to “live with the loss”. “Loss” is a wide ranging term which can mean the loss of someone close to you but also shattered dreams, the loss of a job, of what could have been or the difficulty to adapt to different stages of life in the life cycle. John Bowlby’s Attachment theory has since been developed worldwide by clinicians and academics in the field of neuroscience, psychoanalysis, child care, education, training and development in the workplace and criminology to understand how human beings function (or not) together.
Through my own personal and professional development, I have added a number of other tools which, in my view, can complement this approach such as CBT and systemic work. I believe the psychoanalytic component is a crucial non verbal aspect of the therapeutic work. My work is informed by modern relational psychoanalysis which seeks to acknowledge that the fears and fantasies experienced by the client are grounded in the real history of their early relationships. An essential part of the therapeutic work is that the therapist is capable of engaging the client in collaborative work that is compassionate, as well as being boundaried and rigorous. I consider myself today to be a relational integrative psychotherapist informed by psychoanalysis and attachment.
In a safe and confidential space you can talk in depth and we can explore whatever is troubling you, making sense of your distress. I am interested in your concerns, important or troubling, which you want to bring to your sessions; reflections on yourself and current life, your thoughts, feelings and dreams, your earliest relationship patterns and memories of childhood.
As a Jungian influenced Psychotherapist, my approach acknowledges that unconscious feelings or emotions, often arising from events, relationships and experiences in our early lives, can be the root causes of current emotional problems or distress.
Psychotherapy can be challenging, requiring commitment to work through difficult feelings. It can be enormously rewarding and enriching as you come to self-understanding.
I have an MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling from Birkbeck College, University of London. As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I am bound by their ethics and standards. I have professional indemnity insurance. I participate regularly in professional development ensuring that my practice affords the best informed care.
As part of my practice I work within the NHS and the Voluntary sector, and have experience of forensic, LGBT+ and drug and alcohol work.