“…the human psyche, like human bones, is strongly inclined towards self-healing. The psychotherapist’s job, like that of the orthopaedic surgeon, is to provide the conditions in which self-healing can best take place” — John Bowlby
I am an experienced counsellor with a practice in the Kensal Green/Kensal Rise area. Because of the Covid 19 guidelines, I am also currently offering counselling via Skype or Face Time to anyone who is unable to leave their homes or is uncomfortable about travelling to and from my therapy rooms. 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, longer-term and open-ended counselling. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I provide an accepting environment where you can talk about yourself and express your worries and concerns. 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. If you are experiencing anxiety and depression we will look at the root causes of these difficult feelings and explore ways to help you feel better.
I am committed to creating an open and trusting relationship with you, in order to help you break free from the limitations imposed on you by your past or the pain of your early relationships and experiences. My aim is to help you to find your way and begin to discover who you really are in order to get your needs met.
What Can Therapy Help With?
If you are experiencing any of the following, then talking to a therapist could be useful:
Depression and anxiety
Difficult emotions, such as grief, guilt, sadness, confusion, anger and low self-esteem.
A sense of loneliness and isolation
Difficult life events, such as bereavement or losing your job
Upsetting or traumatic experiences, whether it's something recent or something that happened a long time ago
Lack of confidence in your personal or work life
Difficulties with intimacy and personal relationships
Relationship problems with colleagues or friends
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
Long-term physical health problems
Alcohol and drug abuse
This list is by no means definitive. If you are unsure of whether counselling can help then the best thing to do is get in touch to find out more about whether you could benefit from talking through your problems with me. If I believe that you are better served by another form of therapy then I will tell you so and give you some pointers about where else to seek help.
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.
People come to see a counsellor for all sorts of reasons. You may be aware that you are suffering from anxiety and/or depression and know that you need counselling to resolve things. But, there are many other reasons for seeing a therapist. 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 that a long term problem isn't getting any better, or might even be getting worse. You may be feeling that things from your past are holding you back or that you are stuck in a rut and unable to think of a way out of it on your own. You may also be feeling lonely and isolated and need help to address your issues. Or you may just know that something isn't right even if you can't quite identify what the problem is.
Research has shown that the nature of the therapeutic relationship has the greatest influence on the outcome of therapy. Therefore it is important that you find a therapist who you can feel comfortable with and who feels right. If you would like to discuss how I work - or check out whether counselling is a good option for you - before making an appointment, then please feel free to call me on 07966 396199. All calls are strictly confidential.
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 interest in the relationship between our bodies and our minds and in an understanding of attachment theory, which is a theory that suggests that the way that we relate to others in our adult lives is influenced by the relationships that we experience during childhood. This does not mean that we will spend our sessions rooted in the past. Instead, we will work in the present. How much we use your past experiences to explore current limiting patterns of behaviour will depend on what is best for you.
Where Do I Work?
My counselling room is in Kensal Rise, close to Kensal Green and Kensal Rise stations. I am within easy reach of Queens Park, North Kensington, Kilburn, West Hampstead, Willesden, Harlesden and Dollis Hill.
There are public transport links nearby and parking metres a short walk away if you are travelling by car.
What Happens Next?
It can be anxiety-provoking and even embarrassing to think that we need to seek professional help for our problems. It can even take a lot of courage to get as far as looking at counselling websites. If you are unsure of whether you will benefit from counselling 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.