I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have been a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for more than two decades. My work has been varied and has been within the National Health Service, in the voluntary sector, in employee assistance as well as privately. Mostly the time has been within the areas of Greenwich, Chislehurst and Blackheath.
Being a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for these years has given me a wealth of understanding and experience in working with a wide and extensive variety of issues. This has enabled me develop an understanding about effective ways to respond to those who for one reason or another are looking for counselling.
At their best Counselling and Psychotherapy are creative processes which enable a person to gain insight and understanding about themselves in ways which liberate and enrich their lives. I seek to work in this way.
My aim is to work both respectfully and gently with people. I attempt to enable them to understand what is behind and at the root of current difficulties so they are empowered to make the most of their potential.
Issues I have worked with include:
I also have particular interests in working with:
I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy based in an established practice in South East London which is situated an 8 -10 minute walk from Lee station. I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy within easy reach of Greenwich, Blackheath, Chislehurst, Hither Green, Lewisham, Kidbrooke, Charlton, Bexley and Bromley. The map on the location page makes it clearer where I am based.
When might it be helpful to seek Counselling or Psychotherapy
At times in life a person may be aware that all is not well. Maybe this has been triggered by events. It might feel that emotions are all over the place and life is out of control. Perhaps there is a feeling of being overwhelmed and of needing to make changes but with no idea of what changes could be possible or helpful. Talking through what is happening in a confidential setting with a Counsellor or Psychotherapist who is trained to listen carefully and help to make sense of life's events can make all the difference. It can make it possible to develop fresh insights about what has been happening. These insights can lead towards new ways of coping.
It takes courage to engage in the process of therapy, and often it can be that a person feels worse before they start to feel better. But as situations and memories get talked through and reflected on there can be a sense of relief and of increasing clarity as patterns of behaviour are unlocked.
Psycotherapy and Counselling might also be beneficial and creative in a situation where someone is asking themselves questions about their life with its aspirations and disappointments. Possibly they feel stuck and unable to see any ways forward. Perhaps they feel very sad after losses which have occurred or disappointed that their life has not turned out as they had hoped. An opportunity to reflect on these questions with a Counsellor or Psychotherapist can enable these important and profound issues to be addressed and taken seriously.
My aim as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor is to link my knowledge about how a person's current experiences may relate back to events and experiences in the past together with a respect for the uniqueness of the individual and that person’s own rich and dynamic way of being. For someone to have the opportunity of working through the impacts of the past can be both a healing and empowering experience.