Counselling and Psychotherapy in Lee
near Blackheath, Hither Green, Greenwich, Kidbrooke and Chislehurst
My Practice is based in South East London where I have a Consulting Room in Lee. So I am within fairly easy reach of Blackheath, Greenwich, Hither Green, Lewisham, Chislehurst, Grove Park and Charlton. I have worked as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for more than thirty years. During recent decades I have been based in South East London and before then my Practice was in Kingston in Surrey.
In therapy I aim to offer a way of working which is respectful of the unique nature of each person and which has a gentleness. At their best Counselling and Psychotherapy are creative processes enabling a person gain insights and perceptions about themselves in ways which will both liberate and enrich their lives. My aspiration is to work with individuals and couples towards this outcome.
My aim in practising Counselling and Psychotherapy is to make it possible for each individual or couple gain greater insights into the roots of their current difficulties. The increased perception which accompanies this can empower them to make the changes they want, to move towards realising their potential and so to enrich their lives.
During the COVID-19 crisis as we have needed to find some different ways to live we may be discovering our priorities are challenged. Possibly we find ourselves struggling with more emotional stress as a result of the pandemic, or it may be that particular mental health issues have surfaced. Sometimes changing ways of life throw new light on particular aspects of life. My practice as Counsellor and Psychotherapist takes account of the changing situation in which we currently live and I seek to explore and address any relevant current issues which might be affecting the people who consult me.
I am currently opening my Practice so that it is possible to meet face to face again. However, since the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020 I have been working remotely, by means of video or audio calls.
Since my work as Counsellor and Psychotherapist began about thirty years ago most of my time working in this field has been spent in the National Health Service and in Private Practice.
I accept GP and self-referrals. I also take referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes, Insurance Companies and I offer supervision both to Counsellors and to others working in the different parts of the caring professions. My Private Practice has been based in the Lee and Blackheath area for two decades, whilst my National Health Service work has been nearby in other parts of south east London, mostly being based in Charlton, Blackheath and Eltham.
My registration is with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with this professional body.
After working as a Counsellor for a few years I decided also to train as a Psychotherapist. I have found it helpful and enriching to have both trainings and be able to use both my Counselling and Psychotherapy skills and experience. Over the years I have had the opportunity of working with an extensive number of issues. The breadth of the experience gained during this time has given me the opportunity to develop insights about effective ways of responding appropriately and individually to those people who for one reason or another are coming for Counselling.
I endeavour to understand with a person the unique factors which have brought them to this particular point in their lives so that together we are able to find ways forward which can be beneficial, liberating and creative and which will work most helpfully for them.
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 nearly twenty years my consulting room has been in Lee and is situated about 10 minutes walk from Lee station. My practice is based in a consulting room at the side of my house and has 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 indicates the location of my consulting room. During the COVID pandemic my practice has moved online and has been on Skype, Zoom, FaceTime or on a phone without video.
When might it be helpful to seek Counselling or Psychotherapy
At times in life a person may be aware that all is not well. 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 needing to make changes but with no idea of what changes might either be possible or helpful. Sometimes. though by no means always, a recognition that all is not well is triggered by events such as a loss, a breakdown in a friendship or a relationship and a sense that everything has got to feel too much. 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 often takes a lot of courage to engage in the process of therapy, and sometimes it can happen 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 as things become clearer and unhelpful patterns of behaviour are unlocked.
Psychotherapy and Counselling can also be profoundly beneficial and creative in a situation where someone is asking themselves the big questions about hopes, aspirations and disappointments in life. Possibly they feel stuck and unable to see any ways forward. Perhaps they feel sad and lost after changes which have occurred. Maybe there is a disappointment that their life has not turned out as they had hoped and their aspirations have not been fulfilled. The opportunity to reflect on such 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 use my knowledge about how a person's current experiences relates to events and experiences in the past and to use this knowledge with respect for the uniqueness of the individual and their 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.
The Coronavirus pandemic
The current uncertain times due to COVID-19 have left many people with adjustments to make. At times like this it might be that emotions come to the surface as they are triggered off by current world news.
It can be valuable at such times to have an opportunity to process what is happening. This can be especially relevant if the crisis is bringing up and possibly heightening a person’s past feelings, fears and anxieties.
For others the current situation brings with it such a different way of life that it gives rise to questions and reflections on the meaning of one’s life. This brings opportunity for reflection and maybe draws a person towards seeking a space in which to talk through and process their changing aspirations and hopes.
Please see the page on ‘Practicalities in the Current Situation’ for more info.