|From:||Surbiton and Twickenham (details upon request), United Kingdom (UK)|
|Type of session:||Secure Video Call, Via Phone, In-Person|
|Specialty:||Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Development disorders, Dissociative disorders, Education, Grief, Identity, Self - Esteem, Somatic, Stress, Trauma, Other|
|Target Age Group:||Adult|
I am a BACP registered and professionally trained and qualified counsellor. I offer a friendly and approachable counselling service to adults and young people (16yrs+) either online, via telephone, or face-to-face in Surbiton and Twickenham.
Making initial contact with a counsellor or psychotherapist can be difficult, and many people feel anxious in doing so. My aim is to make this process as supportive as possible for you; I offer a professional counselling service which is warm, empathic, non-judgemental, and flexible to your needs.
What has brought you here?
People come to counselling and psychotherapy for a variety of reasons. These may include feelings of distress, hopelessness, anxiety and/or unease, and often not knowing quite why you feel this way; a sense that ‘something just doesn’t feel quite right’. Maybe you are experiencing problematic thoughts and behaviours – thinking, feeling and/or behaving in ways which may lead to feelings of embarrassment, shame, or feeling a need to disappear. Or maybe you are experiencing feelings of low self-esteem, feeling depressed and unable to engage with life, feeling pessimistic, misunderstood and alienated.
Sometimes, people feel able to talk about their difficulties with a close friend or relative, but often these problems can feel too difficult, or too personal to discuss within a conventional relationship. Others may feel that they ‘should’ be able to work through such issues on their own, but they somehow feel that they are just too big.
How I can help
With the help of an objective and professional therapist, counselling allows you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment, helping you make sense of the troubling conflicts between your emotions and your behaviour, and allowing the opportunity for positive change happen.
I have extensive experience of working within the NHS as a GP practice psychotherapeutic counsellor, within the charity sector as a bereavement counsellor, and as a private practice psychotherapeutic counsellor. I also work as a life coach, and as a specialist mentor with university students experiencing a range of learning challenges and mental health difficulties.
I have experience in helping people work through a broad range of issues, including;
I have particular experience in working with issues of self-identity versus the pressures and difficulties of fitting in with society.
The way I work is integrative and relational. But what does this mean?
Integrative refers to the multiplicity of theories and approaches from which I am able to draw upon during counselling. These include Humanistic therapies (incorporating Existential, Transactional Analysis, Person-Centred and Transpersonal Counselling), Developmental-Psychodynamic Counselling, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
As a Relational counsellor I believe the patterns of living and relating that emerge and develop within our personal relationships – with our family, our friends, our colleagues, the wider-environment, and also with ourselves, are central to who we are, how we feel, and how we behave. This includes the relationship shared between us as client and counsellor. During therapy, close attention is paid to what is happening between us; this helps us to build a strong working relationship built on trust and genuine acceptance whilst, crucially, allowing us the chance to identify difficult patterns of relating and problem management in a safe, contained and supported manner.
Engaging together in this way, we are able to create a collaborative working relationship and focus together on your issues, using a method that best suits you and your unique situation.