Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Counselling and psychotherapy can help you when you feel stuck and you can’t easily describe why, or if you’re struggling with change that feels painful.
I work in an integrative way, which means I’m interested in how thinking about your past and your present can help you become more integrated as a person, re-connecting the parts of you that might feel lost. I offer a safe, confidential and collaborative space where you can share your problems and, working together, we can progress towards new and deeper kinds of understanding about what may be troubling you and why.
Therapy is a valuable opportunity for you to dedicate time and space for yourself – to untangle difficult feelings, thoughts and memories. I believe strongly in a two-way therapy process, building a working relationship together to help you realise your potential and feel more connected to yourself.
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.
89 Fleet St London EC4Y 1DH United Kingdom
As an integrative psycotherapist I bring together ideas from several different sources, in particular from existential psychotherapy, gestalt, psychodynamics and mindfulness.
Working in a relational and flexible way I offer a supportive and open space where you’ll be listened to, taken seriously and encouraged to pause and reflect more deeply on your life thus far. 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 this and to finding balance, emotional resilience and well being.
I’ve worked with people who bring a wide range of concerns to therapy and am also a trained bereavement counsellor with over 5 years experience in an NHS Hospice, this includes experience working with traumatic bereavements such as a suicide, accident, 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
Currently working online only during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fee: £65 per session (50 minutes), this is payable by bank transfer or cash on the day of the session.
Cancellation policy: Please give 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
89 Fleet St City of London London EC4Y 1DH United Kingdom
I have over 10 years of experience working with mental health, I have become aware, that for all of us there are moments in our lives where we may become distressed, anxious, depressed, feel stuck, have personal or professional relationship issues, experience loss. Perhaps you simply need someone to talk to that is not a member of family or friends, someone that is impartial and may be able to offer a different perspective.
The main aim in counselling is that you do not have to face your challenges in life alone, building a connection that is non-judgemental, respectful and collaborative.
I use my skills to work with you at the pace and depth that is appropriate for you to work through the difficulties you are experiencing in order to feel more empowered within yourself and your life.
As an a Integrative Counsellor, I draw on three models;-
- Psychodynamic (how messages, events, attachments and upbringing play out in the here and now),
- Person Centred Therapy (an individual has the ability self govern and grow)
- Transpersonal (the spiritual aspect of human experience, we are more than our mind, emotions and body)
What I can help with
Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Cultural issues, Identity issues, Men’s issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Relationships, Sex-related issues, Stress, Work related issues, addiction.
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.
89 Fleet St London England EC4Y 1DH United Kingdom