"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
When we work together we will work collaboratively to explore your issues, guided by my professional experience and your needs. As an Integrative Counsellor I am trained to draw on a range of skills, ideas and theories, tailoring my work according to the needs of each person I work with. Because no two people are the same, my approach to counselling reflects my belief that different problems call for different ways of working together in a counselling session.
But no matter what theoretical approach is used, the therapeutic relationship between us is of great importance to the process if you are to achieve your goals for therapy. For that reason, you need to feel comfortable with me and feel that you can work with me. So our initial session is in part for you to tell me what is going on for you and why you have decided to come to counselling at this point. But it is also for you to get a sense of whether or not you feel you would like to work with me. You may feel a little unsafe to begin with, but I would like to reassure you that your sense of safety in the room will grow as time passes.
In addition to my private practices in Kensal Rise and Central London I have previously worked at Cruse as a bereavement counsellor and as a counsellor at Families Without Fear, a service for men and women who are experiencing domestic abuse. Through my work in these services I have a particular interest in bereavement and loss, domestic and childhood abuse and transgenerational trauma. I have extensive experience with an number of issues including the ones listed below. If you are experiencing any of the following, then counselling may be useful for you:
Prior to training as a counsellor and psychotherapist, I spent over 20 years working in the creative industry. My experiences in the business have given me an understanding of the challenges of the workplace in general, but also specifically the pressures and anxieties involved in working in a creative environment and the difficulties around maintaining a work-life balance.
My Professional Qualifications
I trained at The Minster Centre and I hold a BACP-accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
In order to develop my professional practice I regularly attend BACP and UKCP-accredited training courses and conferences. My core training has included humanistic therapy, psychodynamic therapy, relational psychotherapy and body psychotherapy.
In addition, I have trained in Couples Therapy at NAOS Institute; Bereavement Counselling at CRUSE; Internal Family Systems with Dr Claire Rabin; Encounter-Centred Couples Therapy with Hedy Schleifer.
I am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their ethical framework for Good Practice in counselling and psychotherapy.