I believe that most people can benefit from a session of counselling, it is a rare experience to have someone who truelly listens to what you are saying, it is very helpful to know that someone 'gets' you.
counselling isn't 'just listening' it is being understood
having someone fighting from your corner
discussing your thoughts and feelings
supporting you psychologically to achieve where you want to be in relationship to your life.
sometimes life can be hard and on-going support from a non-judgemental person makes all the difference to the outcome.
I work in a way that is respectful to you, possibly challenging how you may view yourself . Whether it is for short term or longer term work, I hope that if you come and see me, you will leave your final session feeling independent, grounded, positive and more forgiving of yourself. You are the professional of you, I am there to facilitate your deeper understanding of yourself sometimes described as peeling the onion.
Counselling works most effectively on a weekly basis, starting with an initial assessment to get a broad view of what your concerns are and how I can best support you.
Fees: dependent on venue my fees are between £60-£80, there may be some room for negotiation discussed on an individual basis. This is more negotiable at my SE12 practice.
Moving to London in 1983, I have done a vast array of jobs which I feel help with my work today. Initially working at Marie Stopes International, as an advice worker dealing with legalities, doctors and pregnant women, I was prompted to investigate training as a counsellor and found my niche! I developed a Post- Abortion counselling service, devised training for doctors improving 'bedside' manner and worked there primarily as an 'in-house' counsellor.
Moving swiftly, to Cannons Health Club & Spa in the City, I managed and developed the Spa into a thriving multi-disciplinary service offering counselling, alternative therapies, osteopathy, physio and health screening. As my practice became busier, I left the management role of the Spa and proceeded solely with my own practice - 'City Counsel'. I became a BACP accredited counsellor, furthered my qualifications at the Gestalt Centre, London completing a Post -Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy Theory Studies, a thorough all inspiring course. Working as an affiliate with AXA-PPP employment assistance programme(EAP) offering work-place and trauma counselling for their specialist services. Completing a Masters in Counselling at Goldsmiths University of London, resulting in a paper titled;
'The Self:The clinical implications and overlaps of theories of the self within Freudian based psychodynamic and Gestalt therapy'
I have completed a Clinical Supervision Training at Regents University London.
A Freelance trainer at The City Lit Institute, (Ofsted Outstanding), facilitating 1 day workshops for professional development
Working with Anger
Introduction to Gestalt Counselling
My on-going continuous professional development is a priority to me and I'm always furthering my knowledge. I have recently completed a group intensive course.
I run groups plus have worked as a Personal Development Facilitator for students studying on counselling Diplomas. and at the Centre for Better Health in Hackney.
I teach the Intensive Certificate in Humanistic Counselling at the Gestalt Centre, London https://gestaltcentre.org.uk/course/gestalt-counselling-programme/certificate-in-humanistic-counselling-skills/