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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.