WHY PSYCHOTHERAPY?

Most of us will find ourselves feeling ‘stuck’ or distressed at some point in our lives.

 

You may be experiencing low mood or worry or be full of self-doubt and low in confidence; you may have personal or professional relationship difficulties; you may feel isolated and alone; you may be enduring a bereavement or other significant loss; there may be trauma or events you've experienced that play on your mind or get in the way of living life to the full; you may have a more general sense of dissatisfaction or unease and not know exactly what's wrong; you may simply want to explore more fully who you are and who you want to be. The issues that bring us to therapy, are as varied and unique as we are.

Whilst there are many ways in which to train and practice psychotherapy, research shows that a caring and trustworthy relationship between client and counsellor is the common factor for successful therapy. I am a warm and down-to-earth psychotherapist working in Dalston, E8 and online and I can help you by providing a safe and confidential therapy relationship in which you can share anything you want to with me, at your own pace and without being judged. 

 

Believing, as I do, that each one of us has great personal resources, I work in a person-centred way, sensitively exploring your inner landscape with you, preferring to follow your lead to what is most important to you, without offering advice or analysis. I will work with you to help you to see the wood for the trees, to explore and perhaps to better understand your difficulties, whatever they might be, and to help you to draw on your own inner strength for self-acceptance, self-direction and positive change.

 

We can review our work regularly to ensure that you feel you are getting what you need and we can meet for as many sessions as you wish.

The prospect of sharing our thoughts, feelings and experiences can be really daunting, especially if they feel confusing or painful, unresolvable or unimportant. Making initial contact with a therapist can take a great deal of courage. I do understand that and I'm here when you're ready.

 

Being heard, understood and genuinely accepted can really help us. The benefits that therapy brings can be felt in all aspects of our lives.

PHONE : 07551 026916
 

ABOUT ME

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I  am a qualified, accredited and experienced Person-Centred Psychotherapist, working in private practice on a one to one basis with adults. I aim to provide a warm, understanding and accepting therapy relationship in which we can safely explore together whatever you choose to bring.

My initial academic and vocational training was in the performance arts. I bring my experience and understanding of the particular difficulties actors, musicians and dancers can face, to my work with them. 

I re-trained as a Counsellor and then as a Psychotherapist at the Metanoia Institute in London.

 

I have a Masters degree, the MSc in Person-Centred Psychotherapy awarded by Middlesex University. My qualitative research explored the experience of attending boarding school and the particular reverberations those who have boarded might feel in adult life.

 

My work is fully insured and is underpinned by regular clinical supervision. I invest in continuing personal and professional development in order to be able to offer an informed, contemporary and dynamic practice.

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION & MEMBERSHIPS

I am an Accredited Member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and work within the ethical frameworks of each.

I am a member of the Metanoia Institute, of The Person-Centred Association (TPCA) and of the World Association of Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling (WAPCEPC).

 

EXPERIENCE

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Central to my work is the understanding that each of us is unique, as is our view of ourselves and of our world and I strive to approach every client without any preconceptions, regardless of age, gender, sexual identity, belief system, level of ability, ethnicity or social and cultural background.

I have worked with clients whose concerns have included:

  •  A general sense that things are not right with you

  • Anxiety and panic

  • Bereavement, grief and loss

  • Caring responsibilities

  • Cultural identity

  • Depression and persistent low mood

  • Emotional impact of physical conditions

  • Existential questions

  • Family conflict

  • Fertility

  • Financial issues

  • Health anxiety

  • Hoarding

  • Hopelessness

  • Intrusive thoughts

  • Impact of attending boarding school

  • Loneliness

  • Low self-esteem

  • Menopause

  • Numbness of feeling

  • Parenting

  • Past traumatic experiences

  • Post natal depression

  • Performance arts-related difficulties such as self-promotion, confidence, stage fright, effects of injury

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Self harm

  • Sexual abuse

  • Sexual identity

  • Social anxiety

  • Stress

  • Substance misuse

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Workplace conflict

 

WHERE I WORK

LOCATION

I work online and in-person in Dalston, London E8 (please see map for details):

  • Zoom, FaceTime or VSee on TuesdaysThursdays

  • Kingsland Road, Dalston E8 (2 minutes' walk from Dalston Junction Station) on WednesdaysFridays

where I am easily reached from Canonbury, the City, De Beauvoir Town, Hackney, Haggerston, Highbury and Islington, Hoxton, Homerton, London Fields, Stamford Hill and Stratford.

FEE

 

I offer fifty-minute sessions which are usually held at the same time each week.

 

I charge £65 per session.

                           

The fee is due by BACS at least 24 hrs prior to a session in order to secure it.

Fees are due on a weekly basis unless you give me notice of cancellation in advance, as per our agreement. If you can't make a planned session I will try to offer you an alternative time in the same week in order to maintain contact, either face to face or online.

 

CONTACT ME

If you are looking for a Counsellor or a Psychotherapist why not call me for a quick chat about whether I can help? Contact me now on: 07551 026916. You might prefer to email me or to fill out the contact form below. It would be helpful to include days and times when it might suit you to meet, and whether you're able to work online or would like to meet in-person in Dalston.

 

Your message will be forwarded instantly to my confidential inbox and I aim to respond to you promptly, and within 48 hours. We can then arrange an initial meeting to see whether the counselling I offer might be helpful to you.

Thank you for your message. I will be in touch within the next 48 hours.

FIND ME

 
DALSTON

489 Kingsland Road

Dalston

London

E8 4AU

PHONE : 07551 026916