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.
My aim is to work both gently and respectfully with people. I attempt to work towards enabling each individual or couple to understand what is at the root of any current difficulties so that this understanding can empower them to make the most of their potential.
At their best Counselling and Psychotherapy are creative processes enabling a person to gain insight and understanding about themselves in ways which can liberate and enrich their lives. I seek to work in this way.
I accept both GP and self-referrals. I also have referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes and offer supervision to Counsellors and to others working in the caring professions. My Private Practice has been based in Lee and Blackheath for over two decades, whilst my National Health Service work has been in other nearby areas of south east London.
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. During the years since then I have had the opportunity of working with a wide number of issues. The breadth of 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 a person 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. This might possibly be triggered by events. Perhaps it feels as though emotions are all over the place and life is out of control. Maybe 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 things become clearer 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 the aspirations and disappointments in their life. 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.