Being a psychotherapist is my passion and vocation - I'm privileged to have been doing this for almost a decade. I'm senior accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Having trained in the ethical nuances of working online, this is now my sole way of working with individuals, couples/pairs and groups.
Writer. I sit on the editorial board for a psychiatric journal - and have done since 2013: the World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review. I also review papers for the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. Writing articles is also my thing - please see the blog and media tabs. And I'm a media spokesperson for the BACP.
Experience - UK and The Netherlands. Having lived and worked in Amsterdam for a few years from 2014, and otherwise being based in central London, I'm fortunate to have worked with a diverse group of people. In the UK my experience has been varied: NHS, private practice, and specialist (for example in domestic abuse); each has developed my approach to therapy. Prior to therapy I worked in the Financial Services sector.
Trainer. Training other therapists on a counselling degree/diploma for a few years from 2013 was a great experience; as is delivering organisational training, particularly on the topics of race and difference.
PhD. I am doing a PhD alongside the above, looking at improving diversity and inclusion in healthcare leadership.
Ethics. As part of my professional ethics, I meet with another experienced psychotherapist (a supervisor) regularly to support me to work optimally. See 'FAQ' for more on this.
Here is a copy of my Online Working Agreement. It is information about how I work, such as my policy on upholding confidentiality, data protection and professional ethics. I have a slightly different version for working face to face - the ethical considerations differ: Counselling Agreement. I tend to discuss these with clients in a first session but welcome questions at any point.
Many people find online counselling useful as another way to express themselves; it is not a substitute for face-to-face therapy. Or indeed vice versa: face-to-face therapy cannot offer some of the benefits of online counselling. Please see my blog for a beginner's guide to online therapy - an article I wrote.
If you are feeling particularly unwell or desperate, it is better that you try to get some face-to-face support if possible; and in case of emergency contact your GP or local Accident and Emergency service.
Although I list below some of my specialisms, it may be useful to know that evidence consistently points to the relationships between client and therapist as being more important in meeting aims than finding a therapist that has worked with a particular issue before. So, feel free to contact me and discuss if you don't see what you are looking for below.
Counselling or psychotherapy (I use the words interchangably) is a talking process through which distress can be reduced and meaning can be found. It is a safe and confidential space where clients may work through difficulties with a trusted companion, moving towards change and/or finding peace in a way that can be difficult to do on one’s own at times.
My approach, person-centred, is one of three main approaches to therapy in the UK (the other two being psychodynamic and behavioural). I let clients 'lead' with the talking, based on my belief and experience that they know best where 'hurts'. You are the expert on yourself. My aim is to understand and attune to you, and in doing so, to help you understand yourself better or differently. This new self-awareness - new information – tends to bring an increased sense of ease, and often inevitable changes in behaviour. In summary, root causes of difficulties are gently addressed.
Each session is 50 minutes. I'm available on weekdays during the day and early evenings.
I charge £75 per session for individuals and £100 for couples/pairs per session.
Please contact me if you have any other questions or to discuss these.