“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
— C. S. Lewis
If you are looking for an experienced counsellor in the Kensal Green/Kensal Rise area, I offer a confidential, safe, respectful and supportive space to help you explore and address your concerns.
I believe that counselling is about listening to you without judgement and helping you to explore your thoughts and feelings in order to see things - and yourself - in a different light. My role is to help you to resolve your difficulties by supporting you, really hearing you and working with you rather than telling you what to do.
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 I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
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.
Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I will provide you with 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.
If you would like to find out more about counselling and whether it is right for you then call me for a confidential and no obligation chat on 07966 396199 or email me on [email protected]
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, meaning that I believe 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
Lack of confidence in your personal or work life
Difficulties with intimacy and personal relationships
Bereavement or loss
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
A sense of loneliness and isolation
This list is by no means definitive. So if you don't see anything above that represents what's going on for you, 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.
Where Do I Work?
My practice is in a quiet residential area of Kensal Rise with good links by tube, bus, overground and mainline stations.
My counselling room 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.
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 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.