How can I help you?
My training and experience enable me to help clients with a range of issues. Many people suffer from psychological problems at one time or another and there are many reasons why. Whatever you're feeling there is no need to suffer on your own.
Sometimes in life we all need to talk about things which bother, overwhelm or concern us or that we just want to make sense of. Whatever you're feeling or thinking you can tell me: I won't judge you or think it's "silly". My job is to help you out of suffering with skill, empathy and kindness and to help you develop your own psychological resources.
I also have specific training in helping with Mood disorders, such as Depression, and all forms of Anxiety including General Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Panic attacks and OCD. These difficulties are really very common and respond particularly well to Psychotherapy. I also have specialist knowledge and experience in helping clients who have been in violent, shaming, abusive, manipulative, traumatic or narcissistic environments either in childhood and/or adulthood and work to help people overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD/Developmental Trauma.
You may have more than one ongoing concern - so we can prioritise how we help you. I tend to work on a brief basis with clients but there is no set rule as your needs are specific to you. However I think it always helpful to have the outcome that you want in both our minds so your therapy is focussed and potent.
Specific problems I help people with...
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Physical & Psychological abuse
Rape and Sexual assault
Social Anxiety Disorder
Stress management and reduction
Trauma and PTSD
I know that reaching out for help is not easy. Whether you come to me through recommendation, referral, a health provider or a search engine, it is important you choose a therapist who has the necessary skills to help you and who you feel comfortable working with. Finding someone you trust enough is especially important if we are not used to talking about ourselves or we have been hurt or traumatised.
I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and have been in Clinical Practice since 2001. I hold Post-Graduate Qualifications in Psychotherapy and Psychopathology. My further training encompasses NLP, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Person-centred and Integrative approaches and I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and have specific British Psychological Society approved training in the treatment of PTSD , Anxiety, Depression and OCD. I am down to earth, pragmatic and passionate that therapy is a collaborative process - my job is to enable you to find your own individual, specific answers to your problems. Clients tell me I am warm and easy to talk to and offer different ways of looking at problems.
Experience over the years has taught me that theory is helpful but what happens in successful therapy is not purely dictated by it. Although some methods suit some problems better than others, no one size fits all and no specific therapeutic model has all the answers. What may work for one person will therefore not necessarily fit someone else.
I work both in person and online to suit your needs and preferences. I have a safe, quiet and confidential consulting room Regents Street, London, W1 and I also offer online therapy using Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp and Zoom. I work with clients both in the UK and around the world.
I hold full clinical memberships of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, NLPTCA & RSCPP and am on the Specialist's Register for all major Medical Insurers including Aviva, AXA and Bupa. Work with me can be claimed (sometimes in part) against policies with these providers.
My media work has included contributions on Psychotherapy, wellbeing and mental health advocacy for BBC News, BBC Five Live, LBC, BBC London, The Financial Times, Daily Mail, The Sun and the medical information website patient.info. I was also the original trainer and coach on TV weight-loss and transformation show The Biggest Loser.
I employ a variety of approaches to help clients overcome their hurdles and enjoy the kind of life they would prefer. I utilise CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Acceptance-based therapy, Neurolinguistic Therapy, EMDR, Integrative, Person-centred and Mindfulness. The only reason these "modalities" matter is that some approaches work better for some problems than others - so it helps to have a "toolbox".
In truth a great deal of successful therapy can be put down to the relationship between client and therapist, as well as the "modality" and methods, and of course the experience and expertise of the therapist. Most importantly it is a collaborative alliance and with this I have seen truly wonderful changes in clients over the years - even when they felt great frustration and little hope.
I work with clients how I would want a therapist to work with me: I am approachable, supportive, empathic, human, non-shaming, kindly challenging and always with a focus on helping you achieve the results you want and helping to reduce psychological pain and negative symptoms.
No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.