- Wheelchair accessible office
I have been involved in psychotherapy and human growth for forty years -working alongside people in the fields of psychotherapy, mental health, social work, education and the commercial world.
I have seen over 300 clients, providing over 3,300 hours of therapy. I have also trained counsellors.
About me and my therapy practice
I don't claim to be able to fix lots of categories of'problems'. I know what the labels are but I work with you - a unique human being.
I consciously embarked on my own exploration and journey back in my twenties. I set out to explore as much of life as I could -from working on building sites to nursing, from working with the homeless on the streets of London to working as a decorator in Amsterdam. I've been a bus conductor and a manager in a major software company.Like so many human beings I have had times of both great happiness and great sorrow and pain. All this comes together to create the person I am; the person, the therapist you will encounter on meeting me. At the same time I was receiving my own therapy - including 300 hours of one to one and 1000 hours as a participant in group therapy
One never finishes the journey of course; the experiences and learning continue; although much older and wiser I still see myself as a fellow traveler.
I have my own private practice.
I don't claim to be able to fix lots of categories of ' problems' - because those are just labels. I know what the labels are but I work with you - a unique human being - not with a label. The label is just what shows on the surface - like a bruise. The label can be a handy shorthand but whatever is behind the label, beneath the bruise is unique to you; your stress, anxiety, depression, confusion or sense of being off course is unique to you - so there can be no preset formula to ' fix' it. I listen to you to establish how the world looks like to you.
Some people are looking to explore deeper issues - existential issues, personal growth issues and I am very ready to accompany people on these journeys.
I support clients in exploring and identifying their problems - its not always just the things uppermost in one's mind. Out of exploring will come different ways of seeing the issues, a re-connection with your inner strength and different ways of dealing with the issues.
In the past I have worked as a therapist for social services, the NHS, an FE college, police and fire service. I have run therapeutic groups and anxiety management groups. I am also a trained Iyenga yoga teacher and have considerable experience of Bioenergetic therapy - which contributes to my understanding of the mind - body link.
My first session
I charge half price for our first session - which I regard as an opportunity for you to decide if you wish to continue working with me. In that first session I don't pull out a clip board and ask lots of questions; I ask you where you want to start and we go from there. The session is one hour; I don't do that 50 minute thing -and I don't cut you off mid sentence at the end; I'd rather we over- ran in order to finish a thought. And I leave lots of time between clients.
There is a current idea drifting around that one goes to a therapist to have her or him remove a problem - as one might go to a dentist. That's not how it works; it is often very hard work for the client to make the change in their life necessary to overcome their difficulty.
Diploma in Counselling; Middlesex Uni and Harrow College: 2001 Certificate in Group Facilitation: Norwich. Brian Thorne ; 2003 Certificate in Brief Counselling. Dagmar Edwards 2005. Year 1 institute of Group Analysis: Bedford: 2005 (not an approach I warmed too!) ............................................... Advanced Diploma Therapeutic Supervision: Warwick Uni : 2007
Accredited (MBACP) with #BACP. UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor. Member World Association of Person Centred and Experiential Psychology. Diploma in Social Work: CCETSW : Oxford Brookes University:1996 BA (Hons) Humanities: 1975
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma
Types of therapy
Existential, Humanistic, Person centred
Clients I work with
Adults, Groups, Older adults, Organisations
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work