- Phone number
- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
Evenings after 8pm.
About me and my therapy practice
I am an integrative children's therapist. I believe that having a safe space where you are attuned to and understood allows a child to explore and understand their feelings and to recognise and change unhelpful patterns of behaviour.
As an integrative therapist I am:
- psychodynamic in my thinking i.e. I think about what is being communicated unconsciously as well as literally;
- interested in neuro-science to understand the mind's functioning;
- person centred in that I place a high value on the relationship between therapist and the client; and
- systemic in thinking about the child or young person in the context of his/her family.
I use play and creative materials to encourage and allow children to explore and express their feelings. I believe in providing a safe space for a child to explore their feelings alongside an adult who is able to really listen and pay attention to what they are saying verbally and non-verbally. To be truly heard and emotionally met where you are at can be a powerful and restorative experience for most children.
I am a fully qualified integrative therapist specialising in working with children and young people. In addition to my private practice l work at a low cost therapy unit, Rephael House, Finchley. Prior to this I worked as a schools counsellor in 2 North London primary schools for 3 years.
Following completion of a law degree I joined city law firm Norton Rose Fulbright where I later became the firm’s first part-time partner. When my children were 14,12 and 3 I decided to give up work to spend more time with them. Wanting to explore a different career I completed a foundation course in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Regents University. Following the course I decided to focus on working with children and so trained as a volunteer counsellor with Childline where I worked for the next 8 years. Passionate about children’s mental health and wanting to work with children in a long term setting I then undertook a two year BACP accredited Post Graduate Diploma training as a children's counsellor with Place2Be, a leading provider of support for children's mental health.
I also recently completed the Parent Practice Training for Trainer’s Programme and am a certified Parent Practice educator licensed to use their materials and methodology and to deliver their parenting courses.
My first session
I offer an initial 15 minute chat on the telephone for which there is no charge. If you are interested in coming to see me I then carry out an assessment for up to 90 minutes for which I charge my standard fee of £60. Ideally I ask both parents to attend the assessment. After the assessment we can have a further chat and decide together whether I am the right therapist for your child. If we decide to go ahead I will then meet with your child. I conduct an initial review as part of the 6th therapy session at which you and your child can decide whether you would like to continue with the therapy. There is no requirement to commit to 6 initial sessions but this is good point at which to assess whether the therapy is likely to be helpful. If your child does not want to continue with the therapy before the 6th session we will of course stop.
What I can help with
Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, OCD, Phobias, Self-harm
Types of therapy
Integrative, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Systemic
Clients I work with
Children, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling