Sometimes all that is needed is some time and space to talk about what is happening to us with someone who is giving us all their attention and listening. Friends and family are often the ones we turn to but this may not always feel right, especially if the issue that we want to discuss is very personal or painful or it concerns the people who are closest to us. Meeting with a counsellor or psychotherapist can be helpful in addressing many issues especially if we are feeling overwhelmed, ashamed, powerless, stuck or we have simply lost our way.
Talking to someone who has our interests at heart but is not involved in our day to day lives can free us to explore our situation more objectively. As we begin to understand what might be going on we realise that in every situation there are a variety of choices we can make. By gaining some clarity about what we want and how we might begin to get our needs met we can return to a place of confidence and balance and use our experience of whatever is happening to us constructively as a resource to inform and guide us and an opportunity to learn and grow.
There are many counsellors and psychotherapists to choose from and it is important to make the right choice about who you might want to work with before committing yourself to counselling or psychotherapy. I hope that by reading through the information you find here you might get a feel about how I work and by understanding more about what I am offering you will be in a better position to decide whether I might be the right therapist for you.
I am a UKCP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist for individuals and couples and I practice at Crofton Park Therapy Centre in SE4. I completed my five years training to diploma level in 2007 and I have been practicing as a therapist since 2004. I also trained and qualified as a couples therapist in 2011, Focusing Oriented Therapist in 2015 and am currently in the advanced year of training in Somatic Experiencing. As a UKCP Reg psychotherapist and a member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) I adhere to a strict code of ethics which informs my practice. I am an integrative therapist which means that I understand and have experience of applying a broad range of theoretical perspectives which allows us many choices in the ways in which we might work together.
The overall approach in which I was trained is transpersonal which simply means that all aspects of ourselves are included – mind, body, spirit and soul. By exploring and taking an honest look at ourselves with renewed curiosity and without judgement we can begin to see the bigger picture of our lives unfolding. By gaining a fresh perspective on what might be troubling us we may become more insightful, accepting, open and responsive and begin to move beyond a continued repetition of old patterns that have kept us stuck and discover new purpose and meaning in our lives.
All the information you will need to make contact with me and to answer your questions are located in the menu bar at the top of this page above so just click on each to find what you are looking for.
I am always happy to discuss any questions you may have on the phone and there is never any pressure from me to take things any further or to meet – it is your choice entirely.