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.
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