Working as a psychotherapist is my passion and vocation. I am Senior Accredited - a stamp of experience and expertise - by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I now work largely in private practice, providing counselling/psychotherapy (I use the terms interchangeably); supervision for other therapists; and leadership coaching. As part of my professional ethics, I meet with another experienced psychotherapist (a supervisor) regularly to support optimal working. Alongside my private practice I am a member of the Editorial Board for the World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review.
Having lived and worked in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for two years from 2014, I am experienced and privileged to have worked with a diverse group of people. Prior to the Netherlands I worked in a range of UK settings: public, private, and specialist (for example in domestic abuse). I have also trained other therapists on a counselling degree/diploma. Prior to qualifying as a therapist I worked in the Financial Services sector.
Now - London:
For face-to-face sessions I am available in Leytonstone and Bloomsbury, London. Online, I work with English speakers after having completed a qualification in Cyber Therapy. By 'online' I mean Skype voice, video and instant message sessions.
Here is a copy of my Counselling 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 online given the different ethical considerations: Online Counselling Agreement. I tend to discuss these with clients in a first session but welcome questions at any point.
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.
Coaching often addresses the interface of the professional and personal. Therefore there can be a significant overlap, where both counselling/psychotherapy and coaching may address confidence and competency at work; decision-making; leadership skills; communication and interpersonal difficulties; barriers to progression, self-defeating attitudes, etc.
Each session is 50 minutes. I'm available on weekdays during the day and evenings.
I charge £65 per session for individuals and £80 for couples in Leytonstone. In Bloomsbury (central London) my fees are £85 for individuals and £100 for couples. I'm open to discussing concessions in cases of hardship.
Please contact me if you have any other questions or to discuss these.
Some Further Training Courses Completed