I offer private individual, couple and group therapy, supervision and an accredited mediation service.
Working in the field since 1992, I have over 25 years of counselling experience. This includeds the NHS, charitable sector, education and private practice. I have worked with a range of issues including mental health, anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, self-esteem and sexuality, as well as supporting self-exploration. Current employment includes supervising and tutoring in counselling, and being a faculty member for various colleges in the London area, including the Gestalt Centre London.
Therapy offers you the opportunity to understand yourself better. The more you understand yourself, the more you are able to make changes in your life.
People come to counselling for lots of different reasons. It might be that you feel unhappy or discontented with your life. It could be because you have had a difficult or traumatic experience. You may be going through a tough time like a redundancy, separation from a partner or bereavement. Perhaps you experience trouble sleeping, feel stressed or anxious. Do you struggle to like yourself?
Many people have counselling to understand themselves more. You might want to find out why you react to people or circumstances in a particular way – why someone presses your buttons when others don’t. Maybe you want to be more assertive or communicate differently. You might simply want to get to know yourself better.
I sometimes think of counselling with this metaphor: People are like buildings. A building might be constructed well enough to stand up to tough conditions like rain, snow and wind, as well as bright sunny days. It might even survive a hurricane. Over time its foundations might need work and the odd interior walls might need strengthening. Perhaps some of the foundations weren’t constructed well and have weakened the building over time. Counselling can help with this by identifying where the repairs are needed, and support you whilst the work is carried out.
We do this by talking. Freud referred to it as “chimney sweeping”. Through talking we can discover all sorts of things about you, which in turn will help us to make sense of what’s happening for you. Hopefully, you will become more aware of yourself and through this awareness you will be more likely to change, if that’s what you want to do.
To help raise awareness we will also focus on how past, present and future difficulties are affecting you in the here and now. If it helps you to explore, we might also work creatively like drawing or writing.
Counselling is confidential. This means that what we talk about will remain secret between us. There are a few reasons why I might need to break confidentiality. I will explain more about these when we meet for the first time.
As an experienced & qualified clinical supervisor, I provide supervision to both training and qualified therapists - individually or in groups.
The BACP (2011) states:
Supervision is a formal arrangement for therapists to discuss their work regularly with someone who is experienced in both therapy and supervision.
The purpose of supervision is:
Reference: Despenser, S. (2011) What is supervision? – S2 information sheet, BACP, UK
Conflict can occur in all relationships - whether it's with a partner, parent, friend, workplace colleague or manager. Conflict is a natural part of human nature, and a small amount of this can be vitalising. However, too much can be stressful and in more extreme cases, harmful and destructive.
Mediation is a process in which two or more people aim to talk through and try to resolve the issues that are creating their problems. This is done by using a specific model that gives each person uninterrupted time to talk and then negotiate an agreement.
Although a successful mediation is always the preferred and usual outcome, not all mediations end this way. An important part of this process is recognising the limitations of human relationships.
As a qualified mediator, I have provided mediation services in both the NHS and private practice.
For over 25 years I have designed, delivered and evaluated bespoke training courses for a range of organisations - including the NHS, colleges, universities, charities, corporate and private clients.
Courses and seminars include:
Easily accessible from Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Covent Garden tube stations.