I'm an experienced UK Council for Psychotherapy and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy registered counsellor and psychotherapist working in private practice in central London near London Bridge, SE1.
You may be facing a difficult time in your life at the moment and looking for help and support. Perhaps you're experiencing relationship problems, stress at work, or feeling anxious, depressed and alone. Maybe you're sad, angry, or struggling to like yourself.
Often support from loved ones is enough to get you through. But sometimes you need something more. We all face problems and counselling and psychotherapy can offer a safe haven at challenging times in our lives.
Please click on the links above to find out more about my work and email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07754 158118 if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.
What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling is sometimes used to describe shorter-term work that focuses on a single issue or set of issues, whilst psychotherapy often describes longer-term work in which you might explore aspects of yourself in greater depth. The terms counselling and psychotherapy are frequently used interchangeably and I use the shortened term ‘therapy’ to describe my work.
How does therapy work?
Therapy can provide a space to explore feelings, beliefs and thoughts that are affecting you or holding you back, as well as things that can move you forward – personal qualities, motivations and aspirations. As a therapist I provide you with a confidential, safe and supportive space and aim to help you to get in touch with your inner resources so that you can deal more effectively with your problems. I take a creative approach in my work: as well as traditional talking therapy, I may also suggest other techniques and exercises. It depends on what you bring to the session and what you feel comfortable with. The choice is always yours.
What can therapy help me to do?
Sometimes we can lose touch with important aspects of ourselves and our relationships can become unrewarding, which can leave us feeling stuck and unfulfilled. Therapy can help you to deepen your awareness, discover how and why you are getting stuck, and create fresh ways of looking at your situation. As you contact your natural resourcefulness, new ways of being can be tried out in the safety of the therapy session. And as your range of options broadens, so your choice opens too.
I work with clients on many different issues, including:
Is therapy confidential?
All information you disclose to me is treated as strictly confidential. As a registered member of both the UK Council for Psychotherapy and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I’m required to attend regular supervision, where I will at times review my work with my clients. No names are given to protect anonymity. Supervision is strictly confidential, which means that nothing about my work will be disclosed beyond that setting.
I have a Masters in Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust. I have been working with many different clients in private practice and in a number of other settings, including a university student counselling service and a primary school, since 2005.
I am trained in an integrative way, which means that I incorporate aspects of many approaches to counselling and psychotherapy in my work. The main influence on my work is psychosynthesis, which is sometimes called ‘a psychology with a soul’ because it embraces the whole person: mind, body, feelings and spirit. Psychosynthesis believes that we all have the wisdom within us to find the answers to our questions and doesn’t impose any form of doctrine or belief system.
I’m a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists. I’m also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and included on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, which is accredited by the Department of Health and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I’m also a member of the London Psychotherapy Network, BACP Private Practice, and Pink Therapy.
I follow the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Professional Conduct Procedure. I’m also committed to pursuing regular personal and professional development activities to widen my professional knowledge and deepen my self-awareness.
In addition to working as a counsellor and psychotherapist I am also editor of Private Practice, the journal for counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice published by BACP, and editor of the Ethical Dilemmas section of Therapy Today, the UK’s main journal for counselling and psychotherapy professionals.
What will it cost?
I charge £50 per 50-minute session. I have a limited number of concessionary places available to clients on a low income. Please ask me for further details.
How many sessions will I need?
I usually suggest an initial contract of six sessions and then at the fifth session we will talk about how or whether we continue. You might wish to extend the contract for another six weeks or continue to see me in an open-ended way for longer.
How do I book a session?
Please email email@example.com or call or text me on 07754 158118 during office hours. Outside of office hours, please email me. If I’m not available to take your call, leave me a message and let me know a good time to call you back.
What happens next?
Our first meeting will be an assessment session where you can talk about the things that are troubling you. I’ll ask you some questions about yourself and your history, what has brought you to therapy and what you would like to get out of it. This first meeting gives you the chance to see if I might be the right therapist for you before making any commitment, and to ask me any questions you might have. It’s very important that you feel comfortable with the therapist you choose. Indeed, research into the factors most likely to lead to a successful outcome in therapy consistently finds that it is the quality of the relationship between therapist and client that will be the single greatest determinant of success. If we decide to work together, we’ll agree a regular time and day to meet, once a week.
I work from the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street, London Bridge, London SE1 2TH. It is two minutes walk from London Bridge station on the Northern and Jubilee lines.