Counselling & Psychotherapy
Many of us have been shaken, disturbed or possibly devastated by all of the disruption over the past two years. No wonder a common response is fear, restlessness, isolation and stress.
In my work as a psychotherapist and therapeutic counsellor over the past 14 years it has been my purpose to provide a compassionate and creative space for individuals whose lives have been shaken and disrupted by either a traumatic event, or loss or adversity of all kinds. We all have a unique story to tell and I see my task as a therapist is to provide an opportunity for that story to be heard and witnessed, so that a thread of continuity between the life ‘before’ and ‘after’ the disruption can be re-established and that life can be whole again rather than fragmented.
I also work with a broad range of other life issues, especially around life transitions and am experienced in working with neurodiversity, such as autism and ADHD.
My main therapeutic approach is grounded in psychosynthesis, a transpersonal psychology developed in Italy by Roberto Assagioli, an Italian psychiatrist and a contemporary of Jung and Freud.
Assagioli believed that not only our psychological past exists in the present, but that our psychological future is held there too. When we experience pain, it may be that something new is trying to emerge in our lives which needs to be given a listening ear and space to grow. Assagioli developed the practice of psychosynthesis using the core belief that each human being has vast potential and the ability to harmonise various aspects of self for growth and development. This process takes place on a collective level too, which is very apt for the times of crisis and transition that we are living through.
Working with my clients, I draw on a range of models and techniques to help facilitate change and development. I often work with imagination, guided visualisation, journaling and dream work. I also integrate other tools and methods I have learned as part of my ongoing professional development.
One specific method which is used for trauma is EMDR.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
As an accredited EMDR practitioner I make use of EMDR techniques to help clients recover from problems resulting from traumatic events.
The EMDR process is a gradual one. It is a focused and measured therapy, to allow for the natural healing power of the brain to move towards trauma resolution. I integrate EMDR techniques into my broader framework of therapeutic work.
My working practice
I offer counselling and psychotherapy from the NAOS Institute in Ealing, West London W5 2XP. I also work online via Zoom.
As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I see clients usually on a weekly basis in appointments lasting one hour. Where possible, sessions are arranged for a regular time and day.
After you have made contact, I will arrange an initial consultation with you.This first appointment is important as it provides you with the opportunity to discuss why you are seeking professional support and what your desired outcome from counselling might be.
During the session, we will assess your requirements, how best to manage them and establish a context for working together. If we decide to work together, I will ask you to commit to a minimum of 6 sessions, at the end of which we will conduct a review to determine what's next for you.
My fees are structured according to the current market rates and I do charge a fee for the initial consultation.
Concessions are sometimes available for students. Please contact me for more information using the form on this page.
Free 30 minute exploratory telephone consultation.
I will be in contact via email to arrange a suitable time.