Perhaps you are overwhelmed by the pressures of life, stuck in a rut, repeating negative patterns, facing trauma or trying to find a way out of depression or anxiety.
Maybe you are having relationship difficulties, suffering a bereavement, feeling isolated, lonely, or simply want to take charge of your life and make changes to the way you think and relate to others.
This may bring up challenging questions too unsettling to think about on your own, but by meeting together on a regular basis in the safety of my comfortable consulting rooms, we can attempt to confront your fears and find ways to approach life's obstacles in a manageable way, generating the potential for positive change.
Find out more about the areas of counselling I work with.
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist with a flexible approach, who will listen in a non-judgemental way, offer caring confidential support and help guide you to discover where your difficulties may stem from. Worrying situations in the present are most likely to have originated in past experiences.
We often ignore or bury painful experiences from the past even though they can continue to affect the way we behave and think in the present. Exploring these experiences results in a deeper understanding of yourself and others. A psychotherapeutic or counselling relationship involves conversations with a listener who is trained to help give you the tools to change the things that are troubling you. It can be beneficial to talk to an experienced therapist with an unbiased perspective, who is not connected to your family or friends.
Counselling and Psychotherapy are often considered to be interchangeable therapies that overlap in a number of ways. Most counsellors will have had a shorter and less intensive training than psychotherapists. Even though there is no distinct difference between psychotherapy and counselling, the latter tends to focus more on immediate external difficulties and helping the client with problem solving skills, whereas psychotherapy focuses on working with clients for a longer-term and draws from insight into emotional problems, difficulties and past experiences.
Not in the least. You could equally say that it is self-indulgent to inflict your emotional problems on yourself, your family and your friends. It is brave to expose yourself to the process of Psychotherapy which can feel liberating but also unnerving and painful. You may have difficult issues you would rather bury, but with the support of a counselling relationship, people usually find the world opening up and notice themselves feeling much less trapped in their own head.
Low self esteem/self-confidence
Difficulty in expressing feelings
Stress & anxiety
Loneliness & feelings of isolation
Bereavement & loss
Boarding school issues
Difficulties at work or in retirement
General counselling & personal development.
I trained at WPF Therapy which is accredited by the University of Roehampton. WPF is recognised as one of the leading Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic training bodies in the UK and has maintained a reputation for both clinical and academic excellence for over 40 years.
In addition, I am a practitioner of CBT skills (Cert Wimbledon Guild) and integrate these skills into my client work depending on their needs.I also hold a Diploma at Post-Graduate Level in 'Specialist Psychotherapy in working with Ex-Boarders'.
As an accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and The Foundation of Psychotherapy & Counselling (FPC) I comply with ethical codes of practice and work to best practice standards, which have been designed to ensure the safety, privacy and confidentiality of my clients.
I currently work at Therapy Spaces Putney in private practice and have previously worked as a psychotherapist at West London Therapy in Fulham and WPF (Westminster Pastoral Foundation) London.
If you'd like to book an initial consultation, or just have a questions, please get in touch.
Therapy Spaces Putney is located within 100 yards of East Putney Tube station on the Upper Richmond Road Road.
Buses are frequent, Putney Railway station is a few minutes walk away and there are plenty of 'Pay & Display' parking bays nearby.
Initial consultation & fees for ongoing face to face therapy sessions (50 minutes) - £70.00-£80.00.
I offer a few concessionary rates for those on low incomes and depending on personal circumstances.
In addition to providing face to face sessions, I also offer online or telephone counselling.
All fees are subject to annual review.
We usually meet on the same day and time each week. There is no right or wrong length of time for therapy, so how long many sessions you have with a counsellor can vary, and you can decide to end counselling at any point.
Feeling comfortable and establishing a sense of trust of the therapist takes time. This explains why therapy should not be considered as a 'quick fix'. Short term work usually lasts for about 8-12 weeks or I can offer longer term open ended sessions.
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