- Phone number
- 07494 967444
- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
I can offer counselling sessions in the evenings during the working week as well as daytime and evenings at the weekend.
About me and my therapy practice
I offer counselling online via Zoom as well as in a therapy room based in High Barnet, North London (EN5). In both settings, I strive to provide a safe and supportive environment that helps people to work through issues they would like to change.
When problems feel overwhelming and become unmanageable, it can be helpful to speak to someone who is objective, empathetic and non-judgemental. Opening up in counselling can help people manage trauma from the past, feeling stuck in current circumstances or worries about the future. By counsellor and client working together, it’s possible to find coping strategies that help overcome challenges.
My way of working is primarily humanistic, which means that I believe the key to a person's healing and development lies in their ability to feel comfortable in an environment where the therapist empathises with their situation. Moreover, it is the relationship between therapist and client that offers an opportunity for a unique encounter that is different to all other relationships in a person's life.
My approach to counselling is integrative, so that I can choose from different modalities to offer ways of working that suit each individual person. This is usually an intuitive process, which also involves input from the client, so that we jointly make the decision on how we would like to work together.
Where possible, I try and incorporate practical elements on paper or by using objects, to help facilitate communication where it can be difficult to put thoughts and emotions into words. Taking into account how the human body reacts to past and present experiences, I like to consider using mindfulness to aid the counselling process where possible.
Please visit my website for more information about my qualifications, the way I work and FAQs.
Before we meet face-to-face, I carry out a risk assessment to implement measures to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 as much as possible.
I am based in premises that are tucked away off the High Street in Chipping Barnet, leading towards Hadley Wood. There is parking available via nearby car parks and on street parking meters. There are also several bus routes that lead to the High Street and High Barnet Tube Station (Northern Line) is a 10 minute walk away.
The therapy room is spacious and allows for seating to be arranged 2 metres apart. There are large windows which offer natural light and good ventilation. The room is located on the first floor of a building with shared office spaces, and it can be accessed via stairs. There is a waiting area on the ground floor and male/female toilets on the first floor. Hand sanitising stations available throughout the building.
My first session
I understand that the first counselling session can be daunting and that a person may be feeling apprehensive about the process as a whole. I offer a free telephone consultation before the first session to provide more details and answer any questions.
There is no expectation that you have to commit to counselling and I treat the first session as a way of us to get to know each other and see if our expectations of working together are matched.
We will go through an assessment that covers aspects such lifestyle, emotional and physical well-being, previous experiences of counselling and specific issues that you would like to talk about. If we decide to go ahead and commit to counselling, we will set up an agreement for a time-frame, e.g. depending on whether someone is looking for short-term or open-ended counselling. We will go through the main policies to cover the most important questions, such as cancellations, breaks and communication between sessions for example.
If you would like to reflect on our agreement in your own time and later let me know if you'd like to commit to counselling, I am happy to have the initial session, be open for any later questions and wait until you are ready.
The process for the first session is the same whether we are working in the therapy room or online.
What I can help with
Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Depression, Disability, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work