I passionately believe that therapy should be a place where you can talk about your life and feelings freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family. I provide a safe and confidential setting in which to do this. Therapy isn’t simply a matter of reliving painful or humiliating experiences, but of receiving help in making sense of them.
I have been working as a psychotherapist for over 15 years and in that time I have gained a lot of experience in working with people with a wide range of issues including:- relationship issues, anxiety and depression, low self esteem, generalised anxiety disorder, eating disorders and bereavement issues. In addition, I have, over many years, developed an interest in understanding people's struggles with food and dieting and have helped people to take the first steps towards understanding their relationship to food.
I have a great deal of experience in working with individuals either using a short-term, time-limited approach (for example 6-10 sessions) or in a more open-ended way. We can discuss these options at our initial assessment session.
An initial assessment is important for the following reasons:-
* It is your opportunity to discuss what's brought you to therapy.
* It will give you the opportunity to decide whether you feel that we could work together productively.
* We can think together about what would be the best way forward for you. Perhaps that would mean we decide to start working together or we decide that an onward referral would be more advantageous to you.
Over the years I have found that the experience of talking to someone else, and of being heard and understood, can help provide a clearer and different perspective on how we see ourselves, and how we imagine that others see us. My aim is to help you find better ways to cope, or to bring about changes in the way you think and behave that will improve your mental and emotional well-being.
Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - Westminster Pastoral Foundation
Diploma in Supervision - Society of Analytical Psychology
Diploma in the Application of Psychodynamic Theory to the Principles of Counselling - Westminster Pastoral Foundation
Certificate in Counselling Skills and Attitudes - Westminster Pastoral Foundation
Compulsive (or Disordered) Eating Training
Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23
In addition to running my private practice, I work as a supervisor and lecturer for a psychotherapy training organisation. I also work as a supervisor in two other counselling organisations.
I have worked as a counsellor for an Employee Assistance Company offering various employees short-term, solution-focused counselling.
I have run psycho-educational/therapeutic groups for people who wish to explore their relationship with food. This has been for an organisation called Understanding Your Eating.
I worked as a counsellor at Mind in Barnet for five years.
BACP, UKCP, FPC