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About me and my therapy practice
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and a Family practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in the NHS and private health organisations, with an extensive experience working with children, parents, families and teachers. I am currently working in several primary and secondary schools around the Tunbridge Wells area, as well as in my private Practice near Tonbridge.
I am also part of the Family Team for Nelft NHS Foundation Trust.
I am multilingual and culturally aware and welcome clients from any background. I have a personal and clinical interest in issues relating to cultural identity, a sense of belonging, and feelings of being 'uprooted'.
Through individual, group therapy and parental consultations I help individuals, couples, families, parents and children strengthen and improve their relationships, functioning at school, home and their own environment.
Psychodynamic theory suggests a clear set of defensive processes and client’s unconscious material as well as the importance of early attachment relationship to the developing of one’s capacity for reflective functioning. It suggests that anything to do with past and present relationships is likely to be reflected in the therapeutic relationship. As a result, I listen carefully to what the client says and what remains unsaid. I utilize my own process, self-awareness and intuitive responses as a means of exploring what it might be going on in the here and now that may provide some information about past experiences. I pay much attention to the social cultural context of the client, including issues of ethnicity, gender and power.
When thinking systemically, I draw my reflections from Narrative theory and help my clients to become more aware of the stories and narratives they use to describe their experience and to reflect on how they have become trapped in certain stories about their life.
Attachment theory and Systemic thinking emphasise healing through the influence of a significant other and focus on the layers of history and how the same patterns become enacted over and over again. I recognise the importance of attachment styles to healthy family functioning and of establishing a secure base from which family members may be able to explore new ideas and pay attention where dynamics originate and how they became elaborated. When the patterns are identified, there is a possibility that the family and/or couple might be able to make changes.
My first session
It is often a big step to enter counselling. In order to get the most out of this experience it will be helpful to think about the following information.
Finding the ‘right' counsellor is really important, the ‘fit’ between your counsellor and individual//couple// family is possibly one of the most important aspects for a successful outcome in therapy; so choosing carefully is key. What I tend to advise is to have an initial consultation to get to know each other. Usually the first part of the consultation is talking about the difficulties and concerns that lead you to seeking counselling at this time and in the second part of the session we will talk about solutions, changes, and where you (all//both) want to be when we have a successful outcome.
The duration of the therapeutic process will depend on the type of difficulty or problem the client is facing. Some people prefer to work with an open contract, whereas other people prefer to work with a fixed number of sessions followed by a review. In all cases, every six sessions the client and I will review the therapeutic process together. This helps to assess whether the client’s needs are being met and, this will also help (if required) to carry out the necessary adjustments and/or establish new goals for the process.
Our work together is confidential and remains within our counselling room. However there are a couple of exceptions to this. In order for me to provide the best counselling service possible and to comply with the BACP ethical standards, I attend supervision on a regular basis. Also if I feel that you or someone else is at risk or at significant risk I would, wherever possible, discuss with you the possibility of breaking confidentiality to obtain further support for you.
Please contact me for further information.
What I can help with
Abuse, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Business coaching, Cancer, Career coaching, Child related issues, Coaching supervision, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Executive coaching, Health related issues, Infertility, Leadership coaching, Life coaching, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
CBT, Creative therapy, Existential, Family therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Couples, Families, Groups, 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