I am a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with many years experience, mostly gained in the National Health Service and in Private Practice. I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy to individuals and to couples.
At their best Counselling and Psychotherapy are creative processes enabling 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 respectfully and gently with people. I attempt to work with people towards enabling them to understand what is behind and at the root of current difficulties so they can be empowered to make the most of their potential.
I accept both GP and self-referral. I also accept referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes and offer supervision to Counsellors and to others working in the caring professions. I have been based in south east London for over two decades.
My registration is with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with them.
My work as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist started over 25 years ago. In the years since then I have had the opportunity of working with a wide number of issues. The experience has given me the opportunity to develop my understanding about effective ways of responding most appropriately and helpfully to those individuals and couples who for one reason or another are looking for Counselling.
I endeavour to understand with them the unique factors which have brought them to this point in their lives so that together we can find ways through which are both beneficial and creative.
Mostly my Counselling and Psychotherapeutic work has been in the areas of Greenwich, Chislehurst, Charlton and Blackheath and I have had experience in a variety of settings; employee assistance programmes and the voluntary sector in addition to the National Health Services and privately.
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. Initially this practice was based in Blackheath but for the last 15 years it has been in Lee and is situated about an 8 -10 minute walk from Lee station. My practice is based in a consulting room at the side of my house with a separate entrance. I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy in a location near Blackheath, Greenwich, 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 might be either 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 can take a lot of 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 a sense of relief can come and of increasing clarity as unhelpful 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.