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About me and my therapy practice
I am an Integrative Counsellor and Life Coach, Chartered Psychologist, published author and university lecturer in addiction psychology. Prior to becoming a psychologist and integrative therapist I worked for many years as a research biochemist in the area of breast cancer. I am passionate about synthesizing and applying my knowledge, training and experience in my work as an integrative therapist.
My research across different scientific disciplines has enabled me to more fully grasp and appreciate the inter-connectedness and reciprocal influence of the mind and the body. I am a life-long practitioner of yoga and meditation and have also learned a great deal through life experiences which include: family illness, caring responsibilities, bereavement, life and career transitions and addiction within the family. Growing up in a family with different cultural values and expectations compared to the wider majority culture has also given me an awareness and sensitivity to racial and cultural diversity and the negative impact that a lack of understanding and acceptance of difference can cause.
I use the Personal Consultancy approach in my therapeutic practice. Personal Consultancy is a broad framework for enabling the integration of different counselling and coaching practices in accordance with the unique needs of each client. Personal Consultancy has the potential to be more beneficial than either counselling or coaching alone due to its flexibility and its recognition of individual complexity. It facilitates exploration of the underlying reasons for problems as well as examining values, beliefs and future goals. Personal consultancy provides a sense of structure and progression to our work together.
A simple way to understand this process is to visualize building a house. Counselling can be thought of as the foundations of the house and coaching as the visible structure above ground. It would be difficult to build a stable structure on shaky foundations. Through active listening, working on resolving inner conflicts, exploring solutions and providing ongoing support, the personal consultancy approach can help you to recognise your own resilience, resourcefulness and strengths.
My first session
I offer a full length introductory half-price session to help you determine if I am the right therapist for you. In this initial session I will answer any questions or concerns you may have about therapy and you can tell me about yourself and your current situation.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Life coaching, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma
Types of therapy
CBT, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited