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.
Over the years I have worked closely with university students and people in the creative arts; as well as seeing a diverse range of people on placement in the NHS.
I have a deep interest in working with trauma, helping clients to give expression to feelings long buried that have kept them stuck. It is often through this expression that healing begins to take place. I encourage various techniques such as mindfulness and writing things down to assist this process.
I also have an interest in existentialism and the answers this can provide to those who feel lost or helpless in life. Thinkers such as Martin Buber and Victor Frankl have influenced my ideas in this area.
I’m particularly interested in working with LGBT+ people who have been shown to experience poorer mental health than their straight / cisgender 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 common, and the trauma caused by this in later life impacts far too many of us.
- Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- Registered member of the BACP
- Training certificates in providing online counselling, and mindfulness based CBT
- BSc Psychology
Location and fees: I work with clients online and over the telephone, which offers flexibility and affordability. We will start with a free initial phone call or Zoom session to discuss how we might work together, then if you wish to continue, we will have weekly online or telephone sessions for £35. I am able to offer a discount to those who are out of work or on benefits.
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