I am a fully qualified psychotherapist and counselor and a full member of UKCP since 2009. I adhere to the UKCP Code of Ethics and Diversify and Equality Statement.
Since commencing Counseling training in 1997 my therapeutic experience has been wide ranging, from voluntary inner-city counseling projects through four years in the Psychotherapy Unit of St. Thomas’ Hospital to Private Practice in East Finchley and Koan itself. Prior to becoming a Psychotherapist, I worked at a senior level in the Public Sector.
We may all experience emotional upheavals at various times in our lives. We may feel inhibited in our ability to function and find fulfillment. These emotional disturbances may include relationship problems, anxiety, depression, bereavement, and loss of self-esteem and/or direction in life. Physical problems or traumatic experience may leave emotional difficulties. Sometimes it is difficult to talk about such matters to family and friends and we need to find someone to talk to independent of the problem in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment.
Therapy provides an environment that enables us to understand ourselves as individuals and to manage life appropriately, strengthening our sense of self, enabling us to feel more confident, able to feel we deserve a sense of fulfillment in our lives. This self-esteem aides our ability to be both separate individuals and to make meaningful attachments to others.
How I work
Put simply, I work from the perspective that the past is always a presence within us demanding to be understood. This involves exploring the connection between events and relationships in early life and current disturbances and distress. An emphasis is placed on the effect of human relationships on our growth and development from the earliest days of life. This approach is very attuned to listening and noticing how these early foundations are being played out in the here and now of our relationships to others at work and in our social life.
Sessions are usually once a week for fifty minutes. Cancellations of less than 48 hours’ notice are charged the full rate.