I believe in order for you to get the most out of counselling or therapy you will need to feel safe and comfortable sharing difficult and painful thoughts, feelings and memories without fear of judgment. So I’ll work with you to build a strong working relationship suited to your individual needs, taking the time to get to know you and what you want to get from the therapy relationship. I’ll help you understand what’s causing you suffering or difficulty, and gain awareness of how you think, feel and behave, so that we can work together to understand your difficulties, their meaning for you and their impact on your life. I'll also help you explore anything you can do to increase your happiness, and achieve your goals in life.
I have a strong interest in mindfulness and compassion, and believe that often we feel unhappy and experience difficulty in life because we've become disconnected from feelings and mindlessly act out old and unhelpful ways of being. I believe that through becoming more aware of what is going on inside, in our minds and bodies, and cultivating an attitude of compassion for ourselves, we can find a way through unhappiness to greater wellbeing, satisfaction, and enjoyment of life. I use Transactional Analysis (TA) (an effective form of psychotherapy which can be similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)) to help you gain awareness of and explore your patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviours, in order to find ways to relate to yourself and others which help you feel more empowered and confident to achieve your goals in all areas of your life.
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 at The Brixton Practice - https://www.thebrixtonpractice.co.uk/
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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