- Phone number
- 020 8317 2722 (answerphone facility)
About me and my therapy practice
My overall aim is to offer a confidential non-judgemental space where you can explore your feelings and emotions safely.
As a psychodynamic therapist I believe that sometimes our present conflicts and how we respond to situations and relate to others can be influenced by our past. So, we may therefore spend time examining past relationships and your earliest attachments. I will work in an integrative way when necessary which means despite being a psychodynamic therapist, I will draw on ideas from other modalities such as CBT.
Early sessions will focus on building a working alliance so you feel able to share what may be troubling. You control the content and pace of the sessions and together we will consider what choices you want to make and what direction you want your life to follow. It might also mean you coming to terms with painful situations from your past. Sometimes the sessions will be difficult, and you may feel worse before you begin to feel better.
I have an MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy, a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (psychodynamic), and a BSc Hons in Integrative Counselling. I have a certificate in CBT skills.
I am currently midway through a PhD in Psychology focussing on eating disorders (Self help groups and recovery). I am also a qualified teacher and I lecture on Teacher Education and Mental Health at a London university. I am therefore conversant with issues relating to students and teachers.
I have a particular specialism/interest in working with eating disorders as I have been voluntarily facilitating a support group for over two decades that was part of the Eating Disorders Association Self Help Network, and then latterly worked in partnership with BEAT, a national charity supporting eating disorders.
Due to Covid-19 I am offering online sessions (via zoom) or telephone sessions.
My counselling room is located in SE18. I am accessible from Woolwich (mainline and DLR), Plumstead, Blackheath, Lewisham, Greenwich, Canning Town and Stratford stations. There is parking on surrounding roads and I am located close to local bus services.
Each session lasts 50 minutes and we usually meet weekly at the same time.
My first session
Before I meet you
I like to talk to anyone who expresses an interest in therapy initially to find out if I can offer the right support. I do this by offering free short 20-30 minute zoom meetings so you can experience what a session might feel like and for you to ask any questions.
Before the first session
I usually send out a pre session questionnaire which gives you an opportunity to reflect on aspects of your history such as early childhood and personal relationships.
The first session
The first session will last up to 75 minutes. During that time, we will talk in more detail about your questionnaire. We will also explore more about who you are, what you hope to get out of counselling and your understanding of why you feel the way you do. You will have space to ask any questions.
Space will be created for us to agree the contractual aspects of our work.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, Phobias, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, CBT, Integrative, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited