Registered and Fully Accredited Psychotherapist
I provide a professional, confidential and non-judgemental space to work through whatever is troubling you or not going well for you.
My Psychotherapy Approach
We all face difficulties in our lives. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming, there can be a sense of stuckness or an underlying feeling of dissatisfaction. In my work as a psychotherapist, I see the inherent human potential to work through suffering to find healing, inner strength or inner change. A fundamental part of this process is the experience of being truly heard, without judgement.
I am an integrative transpersonal psychotherapist. This means I have a holistic approach and draw on a range of therapeutic ways of working including humanistic, psychodynamic, gestalt and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). I work from the premise that each client is unique and therefore requires an individually tailored approach. The transpersonal dimension enhances the work by bringing depth and honouring one's deepest nature.
If the client wishes to incorporate other ways of working, I offer the opportunity to work with creative imagination interventions such as visualisations, dreamwork, sand play as well as mindfulness. These tools can be helpful when words alone feel limited.
In my experience, the impact of psychotherapy is largely based on what is right for each person. There can be a feeling of letting go, releasing something or discovering inner resources. A clearer understanding or way forwards can be revealed. If there are old patterns that no longer have a use, they can shift. New ways of living or being can be found. More of yourself can transpire. Sometimes it can feel difficult to face certain situations. I provide a warm, open and safe space to work through it.
I work both in long-term and short-term ways. My clients include adults and adolescents.
Areas I work with include but are not limited to:
anxiety, depression, panic attacks, bullying, abuse, low self-esteem, trauma, workplace stress, career, relationship, identity, sexual difficulties, loneliness, pre-bereavement, bereavement, loss of purpose and direction, spiritual, estrangement, low mood, eating disorders, meaninglessness, feeling incomplete, personal growth.
More About Me
Qualifications and Training
BSc Human Psychology
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Little Venice: www.ccpe.org.uk. This was a five-year training programme that involved at least 550 hours of psychotherapy practice (at Help Counselling Centre in Notting Hill and EACH Counselling in Harlesden) and a psychiatric placement at The Maudsley Hospital. My training involved personal in-depth psychotherapeutic work.
Memberships: UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) registered.
I hold professional indemnity and public liability insurance and adhere to UKCP and BACP'S ethical framework.
As is the case with most psychotherapists, I had a different career before embarking on psychotherapy training. I qualified as a teacher at the Institute of Education and worked for several years as an A-Level Psychology teacher at City and Islington College. I was later promoted to the role of Head of Psychology. I also worked as a teacher and ran wellbeing programmes for adolescents in alternative settings, including the Priory Hospital and the West London NHS Trust Psychiatric Wells Unit.
During some personal life challenges, I had a profound experience of being in therapy myself and delved into deep inner work. Although I enjoyed my teaching career, this experience led me to change my career direction to psychotherapy. I see clients in my own private practice.
It is difficult to meaningfully put into words how I was impacted as a client and how I experience being a therapist. Deep inner wisdom and essential nature are illuminated - both for the therapist and client. In my role as a therapist, I create a space for this. My practice is based on respect and honouring for this kind of space. A space that I consider to be precious.
I also work as a pre-bereavement practitioner for the Ruth Strauss Foundation: https://ruthstraussfoundation.com
Little Venice/Paddington. The address is Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2 Warwick Crescent, London W2 6NE.
Nearest tube: Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo Line) or Paddington
I also see clients online via zoom
It can be difficult to take the first step to contact a therapist. Based on research and my experience, the relationship between the therapist and client is at the heart of whether therapy is effective. With this in mind, in our initial meeting, we will decide if we can work well together. I will ask you some questions, you can tell me what has brought you to therapy and ask any questions you may have about what psychotherapy involves.
Length and timing of sessions
Each session lasts 50 minutes and is held on a weekly basis on the same day and time each week.
This will be agreed upon during our initial telephone conversation.