As a therapist, I help support people through the bad times and see the possibilities that can be hidden from view. As a coach, therapist and teacher, I have supported children, young people and adults for over 20 years through some of the most difficult times in their lives.
My approach as an integrative therapist, I always try to work in a way that suits my clients rather than having to fit around a rigid dogmatic theory, this can be time limited or long term. I offer one-to-one sessions in Blackfriars, Central London or online.
I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment, with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives – and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Therapy isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but empowering you to make your own changes.
I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of problems. As a fully-qualified therapist I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and abide by their code of ethics.
Therapy takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy – and without judgement. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence.
Trouble with a relationship; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression – many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. Therapy gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems – and how you can move towards managing or resolving them.
Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see how you can start to make better, heathier choices moving forward.
I have run a private practice since 2009, am a school counsellor in large academy in West London and am a volunteer with the NHS chaplaincy service at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. My doctoral research is on men’s experience of therapy which I am currently completing at the Metanoia Institute. I am a fellow of the RSA (FRSA), where I am engaged in their future project research in education.
In addition to these assessed and validated qualifications, I am passionate about my Continued Professional Development (CPD) and regularly participate in further training and seminars.
This enables me to constantly learn new skills and be informed of new research which can be offered to you where it may be appropriate and beneficial. These include:
Masculinity and therapy
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC)
Harassment and Bullying
Learning Differences/Disabilities and Mental Health
Equality and Diversity
Safeguarding Adults, Children, and Domestic Abuse
To complement my formal learning and CPD, I engage in weekly personal therapy and fortnightly supervision.
Personal therapy enables me to remain well connected to the experience of being a client.
Supervision enables you to benefit from the very best service I can provide.
I offer one-to-one sessions in Blackfriars, Central London. I also see clients from the surrounding Soho, Covent Garden, Waterloo, Surrey, Kensington, Chelsea, Islington, Fitzrovia and St Pauls areas.
In addition to providing face-to-face therapy, I also offer telephone and online sessions via Zoom or Skype. Contact me to find out more about how online therapy works.
Negotiable reduction of fees at specific times and on a case by case basis. Concessions offered for keyworkers, low income, students, trainee counsellors and benefit recipients. Please contact me for more information.
Available forms of payment include Paypal, cash and card.
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