My work as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist began nearly thirty years ago. Most of this time as Counsellor and Psychotherapist has been in the National Health Service and in Private Practice.
I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy both to individuals and to couples.
My aim is to enable each individual or couple to gain an understanding the roots of of any current difficulties so that this understanding can empower them to make the most of their potential. I seek to work with people with respect and with gentleness.
At their best Counselling and Psychotherapy are creative processes which enable a person to gain insight and perception about themselves in ways which bring liberation and enrichment to 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 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, mostly based in Charlton, Blackheath and Eltham.
My registration is with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with this professional body.
I started working as a Counsellor three decades ago. A few years later I went on to train as a Psychotherapist. It has been helpful to have trained in both and be able to use Counselling and Psychotherapy skills and experiences as appropriate. In the the years since I began in this field I have had the opportunity of working with an extensive number of issues. The breadth of experience gained has given me the opportunity of developing insights about effective ways of responding most appropriately and helpfully to those people 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 forward which can be 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 16 years it 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 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. 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. 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, together with 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 might also be beneficial and creative in a situation where someone is asking themselves questions about aspirations and disappointments in their life. Possibly they feel stuck and unable to see any ways forward. Perhaps they feel sad after losses which have occurred or disappointed that their life has not turned out as they had hoped. An 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 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.