About Me

 

Areas of Interest

I have worked voluntarily for various charities, encountering a wide and varied client range of all ages and backgrounds. Now working in Private Practice offering Counselling and Psychotherapy in TW9.  My focus of interest lies in the areas of depression, improving relationships, relationship issues, low self-esteem and separation.  I also specialize in the delicate area of loss or bereavement, which includes many "life losses" such as missed opportunities, loss of autonomy etc.   Finally I am interested in existential dilemmas concerning life and the meaning it holds. Working with young students facing the fast pace world post University, through to maturity, mid-life crisis for both men and women, menopause, retirement, loss of role, facing longevity etc. (see full list on Welcome page)

 

Approach

I am a believer that therapy can bring about welcome change through encouraging personal insight, thus creating alternative ways of approaching existing dilemmas. Therapy works through crystallizing one's thoughts and feelings, helping to feel more centred, aleviating excess anxiety and stress.

Feeling "heard" and having your story "validated" allows one to process difficult feelings and emotions, as well as recognize restricting thought patterns, It is in this vein that I work to facilitate client growth and potentiality - whether it is processing past painful memories or facing current ongoing challenges, or a mixture of both. Trust and confidentiality are key factors, following the guidelines of the BACP, ensuring ethical and professional practice is observed at all times.

Coming from an integrative perspective, blending Humanistic, Psychdynamic, CBT and T.A approaches gives a wider scope to tailor therapy to each individual. My Life Coaching skills can be helpful in consolidating the progress made, as well as working upon limiting beliefs.
 

Aim

To find ways of feeling less overwhelmed and more aware of one's affects.  Learning how to break unhelpful cycles of negative thoughts and behaviour. To encourage positive change, including the skills to negotiate life more adeptly, enabling one to feel more empowered.

These are the approaches I incorporate into my work:
The Humanistic approach - This is an overarching model in my work that encourages a client to recognize what they are "feeling",  through validating a client's experience, a greater sense of self worth develops, increasing one's sense of autonomy.

The Psychodynamic approach - Takes elements from Classic psychoanalysis, and helps one to make links between the past and the present, to become more aware of how we interrelate to make more informed choices.

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach - This encourages an awareness of how our "thinking" can influence our "behaviour", and being aware of our affects.  Self-defeating thinking is challenged, allowing for "reframing" to take place.

Transactional Analysis approach (T.A.) - This approach briefly works by looking at the way we communicate and interrelate with others, through examining our "ego states" and early scripts that shape our internal rules affecting our behaviour 

Life Coaching - Enabling a client to become more aware of possibilities and opportunities, through challenging limiting beliefs and goal setting.
 

Training and Experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • Certificate in CBT Theory
  • Certificate in Life-Coaching
 

Member Organisation(s)

  • Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society
  • Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) adhering to their ethical framework for good practice
  • Registered with the Counselling Directory
  • Listed on the BACP Register of Therapists, accredited by the Department of Health.
  • Listed on findatherapy.org