My intention is to provide a counselling space in which you feel safe and supported. I feel a trusting relationship between client and counsellor is vital. I also believe that counselling can provide a place for you to explore your concerns at your pace, in confidence, and be listened to fully, which often doesn’t happen in our daily lives. By listened to fully, I mean without judgement or disruption. Together, we can gain understanding to help you. Counselling is a two-way process, and I work in a collaborative and enabling way. My role isn’t to tell you what to do; I may gently challenge you, or offer insights or observations, but without being authoritative.
As an integrative counsellor, I work in the way that is most suitable to you. I will draw on a number of established counselling and therapeutic approaches depending on your needs, including psychodynamic, humanistic and relational methods. I don’t have a fixed or predetermined way of working therefore, as everyone is different and what helps one person may not suit you. We may explore behaviours, beliefs, feelings or habits that are concerning you, which may involve looking at past or present relationships or how past relationships affect you now. I work holistically, which may include exploring thoughts, emotions and bodily feelings, as our physical sensations can help us understand what is going on for us. I also may suggest creative tools such as drawing or writing, or visualisation. How we work will be agreed between us.
I am interested in how early relationships can affect us in the present. As well as how we relate to and experience others, I am curious about how we experience ourselves, and why it is that we may feel so critical or even ashamed of ourselves.
I am originally from the US. I moved to London over 20 years ago. Before training to become a counsellor, I worked in marketing and creative services. I have been employed in large and small companies, and in voluntary organisations, which gives me an understanding of workplace issues.
Training and qualifications:
-I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy).
-I have an MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Minster Centre
-I have a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling, a counselling foundation course, from the University of Cambridge.
-I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring from Oxford Brookes University.
I abide by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Code of Ethics.I receive regular supervision and undertake continued professional development and training.
I have experience in a private clinic, NHS GP practice and through voluntary work.
I work with a range of issues including:
-General Anxiety Disorder
I see adult individual clients, usually in person. I may offer sessions via Skype or other video conferencing platforms. I do not offer couples counselling, group counselling, or sessions by email or telephone.