- Phone number
- 07561 787662
- Concessionary rates
About me and my therapy practice
Need help with anxiety and low moods, or loss and bereavement?
If you're experiencing any of the following emotions or ways of thinking, counselling with me can help you see your current situation in a new light, depth and clarity. Feelings like 'I worry all the time – it’s exhausting', 'I feel so sad and alone', 'I get so angry – and I don’t know why', or such thoughts as 'I just want to hide away from the world', 'I hate myself', 'Why don't my relationships ever work out', or 'I just don’t know who I really am'.
Instinctively, we all know talking helps but when life’s challenges and struggles overwhelm us, and make us feel isolated and stuck, it may be difficult to open up about how we truly feel to those closest to us.
When facing transitions, dilemmas and crises, and going through times of uncertainty and loss, we may need the insight of someone who is trained to support us to move forward.
What you can expect:
I am a qualified, experienced and empathic counsellor and psychotherapist based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. I work from a dedicated therapy room at my home and I provide an atmosphere of trust, empathy and confidentiality. At the heart of what I do is changing the relationship you have with yourself. I give you the time and space to understand what’s going on for you, so you can develop self-acceptance and self-compassion.
I practice psychodynamic counselling. As we look at your current problems, we will also identify and explore how your past experience may have affected your life today in ways that are not always apparent. At times, this may bring up difficult, painful and confusing emotions which I will support you through.
Once you have a greater understanding and sense of the roots of your struggles, it is possible to transform old and unhelpful perspectives about yourself, and to develop ways of overcoming issues that may hold you back. Together, we can help you highlight and evolve your personal strengths and determine what is really meaningful for you in your life.
Choosing counselling might be the most powerful step you’ll ever make to allow long-lasting change to take place in your life.
I specialise in helping people through:
anxiety and stress, low moods and depression, loss and bereavement, low self-esteem, the effects of traumatic or abusive experiences and relationships, difficult life transitions, self-sabotage and feeling stuck, and finding healthier ways to relate to friends, family and partners.
Brief therapy (usually 6-12 sessions) – this is aimed at working with an exclusive focus on one specific issue or an important decision.
Time-limited therapy (around 20-30 sessions) – better suited to working through difficult life transitions, such as a bereavement or a divorce, improving decision-making or gaining better ways of coping with emotions that overwhelm you.
Open-ended therapy (ongoing, unlimited sessions) – by working at your own pace, for as long you need, we can address more complex and deep-rooted issues or develop ongoing personal growth.
My first session
I believe the quality of the relationship between counsellor and client is key for therapy to work for you and so suggest a free 30-minute introductory appointment so you can gain a sense of whether I would be the right counsellor for you.
This is an opportunity for you to ask me questions about what you can expect from the therapy process. We would also decide whether brief, time-limited or open-ended sessions would be best suited to your needs at this time.
Should you decide you want to continue on after this point, we can usually get started right away. Ongoing sessions are weekly, last 50 minutes and cost £50 (some concessions available). We can work face-to-face, online (via secure video platform Zoom) and by phone.
My hours of work are Monday-Thursdays 9am-8pm; Saturdays 9am-12pm.
I have completed extensive training accredited by the BACP and have the following qualifications:
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
I have practised for five years. As well as privately, I have worked at two charitable counselling agencies and I am a former Samaritans volunteer. I am a registered member of my professional body, the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to its code of ethics. My work is clinically supervised, I hold enhanced DBS clearance and I am committed to ongoing training and personal development.
To get started, take a look at my website or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief outline of why you are seeking therapy and which days/times you could come. I will then get in touch with a suggested time for an initial meeting.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited