I work by looking at the past to see what's brought you to where you are, make sense of the present and equip you with the tools to help you move forward in life.
I am qualified to work integratively and with CBT as a therapist/counsellor. I work with individuals, couples and young people. As a member of the BACP I adhere to their ethical guidelines.
Sometimes events in our past and present can hold us back and keep us stuck in negative behavioural patterns that prevent us from leading a fulfilled life and realising our full potential. Counselling can help you accept yourself and be comfortable with who you are. Although the prospect can seem daunting, I consider the relationship between therapist and client to be as beneficial as the work itself.
I understand that when searching for the right therapist the choice can seem overwhelming and the different styles confusing. I believe that counselling is not a “one size fits all” experience hence the reason I work integratively, which essentially means that I combine different strands of theory, for example, person centred, psychodynamic, humanistic, gestalt and solution based therapy to find an approach that is right for you and will suit your needs.
I invite clients to come for an assessment session in which we can explore what your expectations might be, and answer any questions that you have about the process. I am adaptable and flexible and if we find that a particular way of working isn’t suiting you then we can explore other avenues.
My background is varied. I spent a long time working in the catering industry and as a photographer. I had a brief spell of working in a corporate environment before moving to the charity sector where I worked for Save the Children for 5 years before deciding to retrain to become a therapist.
I began my therapy training by working for Cruse which is the UK’s largest Bereavement Agency. I then combined working with adults as well as young people within in a secondary school environment and an NHS setting. I continue to do this whilst running my private practice.
Three years ago I set up a pilot project funded by the borough of Wandsworth to combine my agency work within an NHS setting. I manage to combine my NHS and school work with running my own private practice.