CORONAVIRUS: With the challenges posed by COVID-19 I would like to reassure you that I am continuing to see clients using online services such as FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp and Zoom. I am also offering discounted sessions for any NHS staff.
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How can I help you?
My training and experience enable me to help clients with a range of issues. Many clients simply need a compassionate and constructive therapist with whom they can make proper sense of confusion, difficulty or concerns in their life. I have specific training in Mood disorders, such as Depression and all forms of Anxiety including General Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety and Panic. 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. 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 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 PTSD, Complex PTSD and 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.
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.
I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and have been in Clinical Practice since 2001. I hold an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy - a standard requiring robust training and clinical Supervision. My further training encompasses NLP, CBT, DBT, Person-centred and Integrative approaches. 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.
My experience over the years has taught me that theory is helpful but what happens in successful therapy is not purely dictated by it. No one size fits all and no specific therapeutic model has all the answers. Therapy should reflect the diversity of the cultures within society now and what may work for one person will therefore not necessarily fit someone else.
The way in which I work also reflects today's lifestyles so as well as working in person in a safe, quiet and confidential consulting room in The West End of London , I also offer online therapy using Skype, Facetime & Whatsapp for clients who are either travelling or situated in other parts of the world.
Media work has included contributions on Psychotherapy, wellbeing and mental health advocacy for BBC News, BBC Five Live, LBC, BBC London, The FT and Le Figaro. I was also the original trainer and coach on TV weight-loss and transformation show The Biggest Loser.
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-PPP, Bupa and Vitality Health. Work with me can be claimed (sometimes in part) against policies with these providers.
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 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, 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.