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22nd September 2017 
Home. ASHTON COURT WOODS

Welcome

If you are looking for an experienced counsellor, either in Kensal Rise or in Central London, I offer a confidential, safe, respectful and supportive space to help you explore and address your concerns.

I work with individuals and couples, offering short-term and longer-term counselling.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and my work abides by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.



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Why Counselling?

People explore coming to see a counsellor for all sorts of reasons. You may be clear about what you want from therapy or you may only know that you need support from someone who isn't a friend or family member. It could be that you are feeling overwhelmed by a recent crisis or it may be that a long term problem just isn't getting any better and you feel stuck.

Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I aim to provide you with an accepting environment where you can talk about yourself and express your worries and concerns without fear of judgement. Together we will explore, identify and start to understand the possible causes of your difficulties. We will begin to make sense of what's going on in your life and start to develop ways of thinking and behaving to enable you to live your life more fully.



My Therapeutic Approach

I am trained as an integrative counsellor, meaning that I have studied a number of different theoretical and therapeutic approaches, tailoring my work according to the needs of each individual. My approach is rooted in an understanding of attachment theory. I believe that a strong supportive relationship with a primary caregiver is essential for personal development and that events in the past and early relationships affect how we live our lives in the present. However, I am aware that exploring the past to make sense of the present and facilitate change doesn't suit everybody. So if working exclusively in the present (using techniques such as mindfulness or addressing embodied feelings) is best for you, then that is how we would proceed.

Whatever way we work, creating a good therapeutic relationship between us will be at the core of our sessions in order to help you explore your feelings and achieve your full potential.



Is Counselling For You?

Counselling isn't for everyone. But if you are experiencing any of the following, then you may well find it useful to talk to someone professional:

General feelings of anxiety
Depression
Low self-esteem
Lack of confidence in your personal or work life
Difficulties with intimacy and personal relationships
Bereavement or loss
Domestic abuse
Problems with colleagues in the workplace
Life changing events such as divorce, separation or a recent domestic or personal upheaval
Relationship problems within your family, for instance with your parents, siblings, children or partner
Alcohol and drug abuse
Suicidal thoughts
A sense of loneliness and isolation

But this list is by no means definitive. So the best thing to do is get in touch to find out more about whether you could benefit from talking through your problems with a therapist.

If you are looking for Couples Counselling then you may find it useful to click on the page called Couples to find out more information about how we would work together.



Where Do I Work?

I have a practice in North West London in Kensal Rise and also in Marylebone. Both practices have good links by tube, bus, overground and mainline stations.

My Kensal Rise practice is a short walk from Kensal Green and Kensal Rise stations. I am within easy reach of Queens Park, North Kensington, Kilburn, West Hampstead, Willesden and Dollis Hill.

My Central London practice is close to Marylebone High Street. The nearest tubes are Baker Street, Oxford Circus and Bond Street. Paddington Station and Marylebone Station are within walking distance.



What Happens Next?

For some of us it can be anxiety-provoking or embarrassing and even shaming to think that we need to seek professional help for our problems. It can take a lot of courage to even get as far as looking at this website. If you are unsure of whether a talking therapy will work for you, or you are worried about what happens in a counselling session then the best thing to do is to come for an initial session to get a sense of what it feels like to talk to me. During that session we can discuss together whether I am the right person for your needs.

If you would feel more comfortable speaking to me on the phone before arranging a session then you are welcome to call me on 07966 396199 or click the link at the top of the page and email me to arrange a time to talk things through before arranging a session.