I have wide experience helping people with problems such as: depression, panic attacks and anxiety (all kinds), work or family stress, relationship problems, bereavement, loss and adjustment, trauma, low self-esteem, eating problems, addictions and mild to moderate self-harm.
Depending on what people wish to accomplish I can offer brief integrative counselling, a structured course of CBT or open-ended psychotherapy to adult individuals. I work from my home in Sutton, which is a 15 minute walk from Sutton or Carshalton Beeches train station. There is also free street parking.
My Therapeutic Approach
I take a holistic approach to therapy, drawing on insights from the three main traditions: psychoanalytic, humanist and cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT)). I believe all have something to contribute but that no one theory does justice to the complexity of each person’s needs. I value flexibility and adapt my approach to the particular person I am seeing.
I too have walked my own therapeutic journey and this also influences my professional practice. Like others I began with looking at myself, recognising I had problems I needed to face and that only I could do something about, and asking for help. So I know how difficult that can be. But for me it proved a pivotal step, opening the door to new learning, growth and change.
Vision and Values
I also believe most therapy ultimately involves helping people discover more about who they really are. One of my favourite quotes:
‘It is better to know who we really are,
With the darkness inside us
And then to accept and face up to it
Than to pretend it does not exist…’
Jean Vanier, The Broken Body
I believe it is by finding the courage to face and not avoid sometimes painful truths that we become able to live more fulfilled and joyful lives. It is the truth which sets us free.
My Qualifications and Experience
Certificate in Advanced Counselling Skills, New Paradigm Training, 2003
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, East Surrey College, 2005
Postqualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Skills, Westminster Pastoral Foundation, 2007
Since 2007 I have completed substantial further training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Each year I attend a variety of workshops on specialist topics, some psychodynamic, some integrative and some CBT.
From 2003-7 I was a volunteer counsellor providing long-term psychodynamic therapy to individual adults. From 2006 I was also an assessment worker for two charitable organisations. From 2004-6 I counselled at Equniox Substance Misuse Services. I have been employed in a GP Surgery since 2006 where I have worked with people on many kinds of issues and at different levels.