I trained as an Integrative Counsellor on a BACP-accredited course at CPPD. I fully comply with BACP ethical guidelines as a member of that association.
My ‘integrative’ background allows me to use different theories and approaches to combine the various types of counselling I have trained in. In sessions with clients I use the Humanistic Person Centred approach, but will also use the Psychodynamic approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Attachment Therapy.
I consider each client to be unique. One approach will not suit all clients. The approach needs to be tailored to reflect each client’s individual circumstances.
As a practitioner, I am firmly committed to continuing professional development. Some of the most recent training courses I have attended relate to working with abuse, couples and trauma.
In the spring of 2013, I was appointed as Clinical Practice Manager of The Awareness Centre a position I served in until early 2014.
Before taking up my post at TAC, I worked with Greenwich Mind, as an individual counsellor and group facilitator. My own background, experiences, recent client work and the training I received with Mind have helped me develop a deep interest in culture and how one’s cultural background impacts on the individual and can be a source of stress and anxiety.
Culture for me is the mix of characteristics, beliefs, values and social behaviour of a particular group of people. It encompasses cultural heritage (ethnicity), nationality, language, religious belief systems and sexuality, among other things. I am grateful to have had the chance to explore how these issues can impact on clients both within and outside of the counselling room. I am keen to work with clients facing issues because of ‘cultural’ problems.
One area I specialise in is potential cultural conflict. I have recently been working with how culture and sexual identity interact, and I am fascinated by the role played by shame in sexuality and how this can affects other areas of personal development including self-esteem and intimacy.
Clients are invited to arrange an initial consultation with me at which we can meet and discuss more about what the client wants from counselling. Clients thus have the chance to ask questions, explore expectations about the process and raise any anxieties they may have. Clients often intuit which counsellor is right for them. If I have any advice to give clients it is to respect what their ‘gut’ is telling them after the first session and then decide whether to continue or not with me as a therapist. If you do opt to work with me, I believe in listening to you about what you need, including the duration of counselling. I am very willing to work short-term or develop a longer, more open-ended counselling relationship
I can be contacted at any time by phone or email if you have anything you would like to ask. An informal chat about what you could get out of counselling is a good way to start.
Tel: 07788 595 902
Counselling Clapham SW4, Counselling London Bridge SE1, Counselling Greenwich SE1
Nearest Tube – Clapham North, Clapham South, Clapham Common and Clapham High Street, London Bridge, Maze Hill.