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Every journey begins with a single step...

 

ABOUT COUNSELLING

Life is full of ups and downs, and getting some professional support during the tougher times can make all the difference. Sitting alone with our worries and pain can feel unbearable, yet when we share them within the safety of a warm and trusting relationship, things start to feel more manageable. I’d like to reassure you that whatever you bring to counselling, I will provide a warm, compassionate and respectful space where we can explore your thoughts and feelings together without judgment, going at a pace you feel comfortable with.

Perhaps you want to talk to a counsellor in order to come to terms with something that has happened to you, or maybe you feel your problems run at a deeper level - unexplained emotions or unhelpful relationship patterns, for example. Psychotherapy is about getting to know yourself better, with a view to understanding how you help to construct the world around you. 

Together we will identify your patterns of relating to those around you - and in turn how others tend to respond to you. We will look at how you process difficult emotions and why this might be. We will explore your belief systems and your defence structures so that you can decide which still serve you well, and which may no longer be

necessary or helpful.


But perhaps the most significant thing I can offer you is meaningful contact with another person who understands the complexity of what it means to be human - to sometimes feel scared or anxious, sad or angry, guilty or alone.

HOW MANY SESSIONS?

This depends on so many factors. If after an initial session we decide we're a good fit to work together, I usually suggest we start by meeting once a week for six weeks. After this time you may feel you would like a break to consolidate your experience, or you may feel you'd like to stop. Most people however, decide to continue on a weekly, fortnightly, or as-and-when basis. I try to work as flexibly as possible to accommodate your needs, time and budget.


Why not come along for a chat and see how we can work together to make things better?

 

WHAT BRINGS YOU HERE?

There are so many reasons why people come to therapy.
Issues I frequently work with include (but are not limited to):

Anxiety

Depression

Relationship problems (incl. affairs and relationship breakdowns)

Mid-life crises

Parenting concerns (incl. becoming a parent, antenatal anxiety and post-natal depression)

Bereavement & loss

Low self-esteem

Emotional numbness

Feeling stuck or frozen

Being 'the bad guy'

A sense of repeating the same old mistakes

Issues around gender, sex and sexuality

Hopelessness

Low mood without knowing the cause

Life 'ennui'

Finding meaning/purpose

Difficulty managing anger

Feeling different/separate

Self-sabotaging behaviour

Stress

Loneliness

 

ABOUT ME

I'm a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist with more than ten years’ experience. I run a private counselling practice in Victoria, SW1 and in Surbiton, Surrey. I also work with PETALS, the baby loss charity, supporting people who have suffered miscarriage, still-birth or birth-related trauma. Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked in magazine editorial production for nine years.


I am an accredited member of the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to its Ethical Framework. I am also on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register, and my work is supervised by an experienced practitioner. All client identities are, of course, kept anonymous.

My training and counselling style is integrative, which means I can draw on a range of psychological theories as appropriate. These include CBT (which focuses on our behaviour, challenges the meaning we attribute to thoughts, and offers practical techniques for coping with anxiety, depression, paranoia, low self-esteem and so on); psychodynamic theory (where our childhood experiences continue to influence our adult responses, often out of our awareness); humanistic theory (where a non-prescriptive, warm, non-judgmental and authentic relationship between you and I can be sufficient for healing), existential theory (an exploration into how you give meaning to, and make sense of, your own life) and transactional analysis (where we get to know the different parts of you, often in conflict with each other).

When it comes to effective counselling however, I believe that above all it's the quality of the relationship between you and I that will be the most important factor in facilitating change. It's really important that you feel comfortable with your choice of therapist, and for that reason I would encourage you to try out a few of us!

QUALIFICATIONS

First Class Honours degree in Integrative-Relational Counselling 

Cert. HE in Counselling & Counselling Skills

 

LOCATION & FEES

VICTORIA, SW1

My counselling practice is very close to Victoria station, on Buckingham Palace Road. Fees are £70 per 50-minute session. 

*Please note that I always charge a 50% cancellation fee for any sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice. Sessions missed with no prior notice may be charged in full.*

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SURBITON, SURREY

My counselling room is a stone’s throw from Surbiton station, across the road from Waitrose. My fee is £50 per 50-minute session.


*Please note that I always charge a 50% cancellation fee for any sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice. Sessions missed with no prior notice may be charged in full.*

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CONTACT ME

If you have any questions about counselling, how I work, or if you'd like to come for a chat, please use the form here to get in touch or give me a call on 07736 430738. All correspondence will be treated confidentially.