Most therapy attempts first to gain awareness of how you think, feel and behave, and in order to do this it is important to establish and develop a strong working relationship, one in which you feel as comfortable as possible to share your difficult thoughts and feelings. I work in a collaborative way to ensure a safe and trusting relationship so that we can work together to understand your difficulties, their meaning for you and their impact on your life, as well as deciding on what you want from counselling and therapy.
I use Transactional Analysis (TA), which is a form of psychotherapy, to help people gain awareness of and explore their patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a way similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). As a therapist trained in relational TA, I believe in the importance of the relationship between therapist and client, and in finding a way of working suited to your individual needs and personal style.
I have a strong interest in mindfulness, and believe that much of human suffering is furthered through a lack of awareness of what goes in in our minds and bodies, awareness which mindfulness promotes. I believe that through becoming aware of what is going in within our minds, and connecting with our feelings in the body we can find liberation from emotional pain and mental suffering.
I have an MSc in TA Psychotherapy and am a Certified Transactional Analyst, and am a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) (No. 2011175859). My experience includes over 9 years’ providing counselling and therapy to individuals and couples, including at Mind and Age UK, and as a volunteer listener helping callers in despair and distress at the Samaritans.
Although we can’t meet in person at this time, I can still provide you with a safe, confidential space in which to talk via Zoom, Skype, or telephone.
My usual counselling and therapy practice is within easy reach of Brixton, Herne Hill, Clapham, Stockwell, Streatham, Tooting, Vauxhall.
My fee is £65 per session for individuals and £75 per session for couples. Sessions are 50 minutes long.
I have some availability for offering a reduced fee if you work in health and social care and are a frontline worker. Please contact me so that we can discuss your situation.
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