Accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registration Number 2011167664AA
Accredited member of the Health and Social Care Council (HCPC)
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with feelings of sadness, loneliness or anxiety that you feel you can’t function on a daily basis? Do you find that when you look into the future you feel helpless and powerless? Sometimes we can reach a point where it feels impossible to deal with the struggles we face without help. Psychotherapy can support you to explore and understand these feelings and experiences, and, with time, you may be able to move on positively having created the possibility for change with the help of a Psychotherapist.
I provide a calm, safe and confidential space where you can explore and obtain an insight into the problems you confront and feelings and issues that are causing difficulties in your life. Psychotherapy aims to help you change or find suitable methods of managing.
Every individual is different and my therapeutic relationship with each person will reflect that. My focus is to always use a respectful, non-blaming approach which places people as the experts in their own lives. I believe that people have abilities and strengths that they have forgotten or that they are not aware of. I will strive to assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.
Areas of therapy I assist with;
Depression, couple relationships, separation, divorce, relationship issues, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, anger, stress, addictions, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, work-related stress, loss and bereavement, anxiety, life transitions, attachment issues, communication difficulties,
neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual identity issues, bullying, life changes like retirement, aging, job changes, race & cultural issues
Training and Experience
I gained an MA in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. I spent four years as an Honorary Systemic Psychotherapist at the Wimbledon Guild in South London where I gained a lot of experience in couples therapy, one to one therapy and family therapy. I have also worked in various other settings in the NHS and privately.
I am also a qualified social worker and worked for over sixteen years in social work with both vulnerable adults and children and families. The combination of my social work experience and psychotherapy experience places me in a unique understanding of people’s individual contexts. I never generalise. I also trained as a journalist and my communication skills enhance my ability to into people’s uniqueness.
I receive ongoing, regular supervision and am committed to my own professional development, attending various courses and workshops, reading relevant literature and articles.
Overall, I have private, public and voluntary sector experience as a Psychotherapist and a Social Worker.
The sessions will be confidential between the client and I. I will not have contact with parents, spouses, children or other children except when there is a threat to life.
Sessions are usually once a week for fifty minutes. Cancellations of less than 48 hours’ notice are charged the full rate. With 48hours notice, I still charge a £10 cancellation fee.
For psychotherapy to be effective it is important to maintain regular appointments. Initially, this is weekly, but in time we might agree to meet fortnightly. I understand that sometimes there will be circumstances that can interrupt regular attendance.