Training, Qualifications and Experience.
The broad range of people and cultures that I have experienced before embarking on my therapeutic training, encouraged my interest in human nature. I worked for a London based council, assessing the needs of disabled people in the area, as well as travelling and doing restaurant work in America for a year.
After completing a Psychology Degree, I did two introductory counselling courses in existential and gestalt therapy, as well as practising counselling/befriending in a hostel for the homelesss and at Victim's Support.
I trained for three years at Regent's College, where I achieved a Post-Graduate Diploma and Master's Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I graduated with a Diploma and UKCP registration from the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education.
During this time, I worked in a therapeutic capacity for three and a half years at a NHS Drop-in-centre and for two years at Mind.
Furthermore, I provide therapy to people with substance abuse issues. I have done such work for the Addictions Psychology Services Department of the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust.
How I work
The first session is an opportunity for you to discuss your current problems and for me to clarify my therapeutic approach with you. Also, it will be a chance for you to ask any questions you feel to be relevant. If you neeed long term therapy I am offering ten sessions for the price of nine which amounts to 495 pounds.
I am a firm believer in Freud's and Winnicott's view of health as an ability to work, love and play. My integrative approach to psychotherapy equips to explore the obstacles to the fulfilment of such goals.
My humanistic training emphasizes the need of an accepting, respectful attitude towards clients. This facilitates the creation of a safe, secure and confidential space which allows the client to speak freely about what is troubling them.
My psychodynamic learning expresses itself in an assessment of the barriers to health, arising from people's childhood experiences and relationships.
Kevin Spacey's statement in American Beauty : " it's a great thing when you realise you still have the ability to surprise yourself ", allows clarification of the existential school which is under-pinned by the concept of change being integral to health. My existential approach allows me to explore factors that impede such progress, such as anxiety, which results in assessing possible ways of living more resourcefully.
My Master's Degree gave me insight into how a humorous, playful approach may counter the anxiety that arises in life and its changes.
I work with individuals and couples and listening is integral to how I practise, as well as adding my own ideas and feelings where appropiate. However, I am mindful of where my client is at, so I don't push him/her to go to places for which he/she is unprepared.
I also offer Therapy Supervision, so please contact me to be able to arrange this with you.