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
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.
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.
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
I am an experienced BACP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor, working with personal issues such as relationship problems, depression, anxiety and bereavement. I am an AXA PPP Healthcare registered practitioner.
I see self-awareness as a key factor in gaining psychological health. I offer a non-judgemental space where we will work together, pausing and reflecting to discover and understand more deeply your historical patterns, and how they might be influencing your everyday life.
My approach is flexible, integrating psychodynamic thinking with the humanistic philosophy of transactional analysis. Gaining new perspectives on your difficulties will allow you to begin to express more fully your thoughts and emotions, which may have been suppressed for a long time.
During our first session we will discuss what has brought you into counselling and what your expectations are. I will talk to you about how I work and together we can decide if the relationship is suitable. In my experience the relationship between client and counsellor is key to building an environment of trust for us to be able to explore the difficulties you are experiencing.
Prior to training in counselling and psychotherapy I spent 25 years working in investment banking. I have a particular interest in exploring difficulties in maintaining a healthy work / life balance and how this can impact our relationships.