In my practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy I seek to respect the unique nature of each individual and to work with gentleness in cooperation with that person or people. My aim is to enable each individual or couple move towards a deeper understanding of the roots of their current difficulties. This understanding can then empower them to make the most of their lives and to move towards realising their potential.
I have been offering Counselling and Psychotherapy to individuals and to couples for several decades. My consulting room is in South East London, in Lee, which is near Hither Green, Blackheath, Lewisham, Chislehurst, Greenwich and Charlton.
During the present COVID-19 crisis as we all try to make sense of different ways of living our priorities may well be challenged. My practice as Counsellor and Psychotherapist takes account of the changing situation and I seek to explore and address the current issues with people who consult me. Sometimes changing ways of life can throw a new light on particular aspects of life.
My work as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist began about thirty years ago. Since then most of my time working in this field has been in the National Health Service and in Private Practice.
At their best Counselling and Psychotherapy are creative processes which can enable a person to gain insights and perceptions about themselves in ways which can give liberation and which can bring enrichment to their lives. My aspiration is to work with individuals and couples towards this outcome.
I accept GP and self-referrals. I also have referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes, Insurance Companies and I offer supervision both to Counsellors and to others who working in the different parts of the caring professions. My Private Practice has been based in the Lee and Blackheath area for over two decades, whilst my National Health Service work has been in other nearby 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.
I started working as a Counsellor three decades ago. A few years after this I went on to train as a Psychotherapist. I have found it helpful and enriching to have trained in both and be able to use both my Counselling and my Psychotherapy skills and experience. Over the years I have had the opportunity of working with a large number of issues. The breadth of the experience I have 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 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.
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 and things become clearer as 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. 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 link my knowledge about how a person's current experiences relates back to events and experiences in the past together with 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.
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.