If you’re here, chances are you are going through a difficult time – though not everyone who seeks counselling is in crisis. You might be thinking about therapy because you want to understand yourself better, or develop some aspect of yourself.
But very often people come to see me because they are feeling depressed or anxious. They might have been affected by life events or changes in circumstance such as a bereavement; a relationship breakdown or a separation; the loss of a job; a difficult pregnancy and/or a traumatic birth; the arrival of a new baby. Sometimes people feel stressed by work, or overwhelmed with caring responsibilities.
For others, the feelings are not linked to any particular event. You might be feeling “stuck” and not know why exactly; have difficulty forming or maintaining relationships; you might fear intimacy or find it hard to communicate; or you might want to talk about issues around your sexual experience or your sexuality.
Right now, life may feel particularly difficult due to Covid-19. You may feel anxious about your health or that of a loved one. You may find yourself worrying about your job, your finances, your children's education or your family's future. These are normal thoughts and feelings to experience at a time like this, and I am available to help you through it in person or via video or phone.
While I love working with people from all walks of life, I feel particularly well suited to working with those in the creative industries, such as writers, producers and performing artists.
My other area of special interest is in working with relationships, whether with individual clients who want to look at their issues in the context of individual counselling sessions, or with couples who want to explore their issues together with their partner in couples counselling sessions.
Whether you are experiencing any one of these issues or another not listed here, or you simply want to talk to someone outside of your day-to-day life in order to gain a different perspective, my aim is to support you as best I can.
Face-to-face or online counselling sessions, once a week
Individual, 50-minute session
Couples, 60-minute session
How does it work?
As a Humanistic Counsellor, I believe that you are born with the resources to find the answers to your own questions. And I believe that as client and counsellor we collaborate. My role is to facilitate self-understanding, promote growth, nurture self-development, offer support, promote healing where there has been damage, and empower you to make the right choices.
Further trainings in CBT therapy as well as Life Coaching have enriched my practice, enabling me to offer clients a more integrated approach to their issues. For instance, I draw upon CBT skills when we explore how your thoughts affect your mood, or when helping you identify the ways in which your coping mechanisms might maintain your problems rather than resolve them. Or you may be looking for a more directive, solution-focused approach in order to achieve a desired outcome. This is where the coaching tools I have learned can be very effective in mobilising you to reach whatever goals you have set for yourself.
Finally, my training and experience of working with couples has reinforced my belief that, within the containing space of a counselling session, it is possible for partners to overcome what can feel like entrenched issues within their relationship. Supporting couples to communicate well with each other - to listen to the other and to feel heard - is something I find deeply rewarding.
In summary, I don't believe that one therapy fits all. Together, we can decide what works best for you. Sessions will be tailored to your specific needs, whether you are seeking individual or couples sessions, shorter-term help with a specific issue, or a longer-term engagement for more complex ones.
You are welcome to contact me by telephone or email to discuss your situation, or to set up an initial appointment. All communications between us are confidential, and I will reply to all messages promptly.
In our first session, we will discuss what you want from therapy and agree to either a short-term, or a more open-ended arrangement. Everything we discuss will be confidential.
I am available to see clients face to face on Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Alternatively I am available for remote sessions via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or over the phone.
I hold a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, a BSc in Reflective Therapeutic Practice, and an MA (Cantab) in Modern and Medieval Languages. Additionally, I have been awarded Certificates in CBT Skills, in Therapeutic Coaching, and in Couples Counselling.
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor.