- Phone number
- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
About me and my therapy practice
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist working in the NHS and in private practice. I recognise the pressures of the modern world and the difficulties we often face reconciling our inner needs with the demands of a busy, stressful life. For many of us, the pandemic has only added further to these stresses or perhaps brought older and more deeply rooted problems to the surface.
My experience as a therapist and my time working with the Samaritans has taught me how easily we can lose ourselves and struggle to cope, and how important it is to find a person or place where we can speak openly and be heard without fear of being judged. This is what I seek to provide in my counselling: a safe environment where clients can share whatever they wish to, and reconnect with the kind of person they wish to be.
I understand that it can be difficult to know what to expect though before you begin, and difficult to place your trust in a person and a process that are unknown to you, and perhaps even a little mysterious. As your therapist, I will do my best to make those first steps as simple and transparent as possible.
I follow an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy, but my approach to the counselling relationship is fundamentally person-centred: it is based on a deep respect for each client’s individuality and a considered belief in their own natural potential to understand themselves and achieve whatever inner or emotional change they seek. I aim to provide a welcoming and supportive environment, free from judgement or dictated solutions, and with the client’s interests at its heart.
All sessions with me are 50 minutes in length. There are various different ways we can work together during the current lockdown, depending on your preference:
- we can meet on Zoom for online sessions;
- or we can speak over the phone instead;
- or, if it's practical for you to meet in Richmond Park, we can have face to face sessions as we walk outdoors.
We can also be flexible and use a combination of these approaches, or move from one to the other if that feels right to you.
I plan to resume meeting people face to face indoors as soon as government regulations and guidelines allow.
Please feel free to contact me and ask any questions about what these various options might involve for you, and if/when I might be available to meet with you.
My first session
The first session offers an opportunity for you to get a feel for what it will be like to have counselling with me.
It also offers me an opportunity to learn a little about you: about you and your life at present, what it is that has brought you to seek therapy, and if there is anything in particular you are hoping to achieve from the process. It's often hard to predict the course of our talk, but we will certainly end by going over some of the practical details of our arrangement, should you decide to return for further sessions.
Be assured that there is absolutely no longer obligation involved in seeing me for a first session. Whether to continue or not beyond that will be your decision in due course.
What I can help with
Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Health related issues, Loss, Men's issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited