Coming for counselling may initially feel daunting, however it is a courageous step forward in enabling a time of self-reflection.
You may be experiencing feelings which are leaving you distressed and confused. You may be feeling anxious or alone, unsure of where to turn or who can be there besides you. Coming for counselling may initially feel daunting, however it is a courageous step forward in enabling a time of self-reflection.
I am a relational integrative therapist working in private practice, and aim to provide you with a safe and confidential space, where you can think and talk about the way you are feeling, and where together we can explore your difficulties. I offer both time limited as well as longer, open-ended sessions, depending on what we feel would be most useful and appropriate for you. It is important that you feel that the space I offer is a space where you can speak openly and freely, and that the warmth, empathy and non-judgemental space will enable you to feel listened to in a unique way where you feel able to express your emotions, empowering you to understand any negative feelings you may be experiencing. Through our work together I hope to support you in gaining an enhanced understanding about yourself and what is going on for you, leading you to be able to develop inner resources and feelings of self-worth, activating your self-belief and reliance on your own judgements.
The first couple of sessions present as an initial consultation which provide the opportunity for you to start to talk about what has brought you to counselling, for us to talk about the therapy process, and for you to get a sense of the way in which I work, allowing you to see how you find it and if you feel comfortable embarking on therapy with me.
My standard way of working is that sessions are held face to face. In the event of a situation where circumstances exist beyond my control thus preventing you from attending in person, such as a pandemic, sessions will take place remotely and the method of remote communication will be agreed upon at that time. The therapy process includes periodic reviews to see how you are finding the therapy and to ascertain whether we are progressing towards the desired outcome. Therapy does not stop abruptly, rather it usually ends at a mutually agreed point allowing us the opportunity to work together towards a planned ending. However, if at any point you feel you would like to stop the therapy, it is recommended to discuss this together in advance and then we will be able to work towards an agreed ending date.
I am qualified as a counsellor with an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, a recognised British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) qualification. I am an Individual Registered member of the BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
In addition to private counselling, I volunteer at two different London charitable organisations for grief, loss, bereavement, and relational issues.