People usually come to counselling feeling stuck and unable to move on from a difficult situation in their life, whether it happened recently or many years in the past. I try to work with this feeling of ‘stuckness’ by offering a calm and containing environment, where you can express exactly what you are feeling without fear of being rejected. I facilitate the core therapeutic conditions of empathy, authenticity and non-judgement, which are well established as a route to healing.
I’m particularly interested in working with young LGBT+ people who have been shown to be at greater risk of mental ill health and suicide than their straight counterparts. As a member of this population myself, I have an understanding of the challenges that they face. Being bullied at school because of one’s sexuality is sadly still far too common, and the trauma caused by this in later life affects many.
Training & experience: I have a diploma in integrative counselling, and my training took place at City Lit. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I also have a Bachelors degree in Psychology.
Since qualifying as a therapist I have worked for the NHS offering short term, solution focused therapy to people who were referred by their GP’s. I have also worked within the counselling service at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama providing free therapy to students. I’ve loved the broad diversity of people that have come through the door, having seen clients from a great range of age, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Location and fees: In the current environment I am offering a free initial assessment session of up to 50 minutes, followed by weekly online sessions for £30. We can work together on a long term open ended basis, or a short term, goal focused basis. Normally I see clients face to face in Central London.
What to expect: when you come and see me, initially we will discuss what you are looking for from therapy and how I work. Everything we talk about will be kept completely confidential. I will provide a contract which outlines my commitment to the BACP’s ethical framework. If we agree to work together, then we will see each other weekly for 50 minutes on an open ended basis.
Contact me / useful links
visit the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy‘s website
visit Counselling Directory