I come from an arts background which involved working in schools with adolescents, and young special needs. I ran art workshops which also included some community art projects. Helping others to engage and gain confidence In a creative new skill, through encouragement/support became a therapy in itself.
Moving from my arts background to becoming a therapist was a natural progression .
I have worked in a range to settings such as NHS, Turning Point, (drugs and Addictions) and Mind. I combine my work in private practice with working for a charity The Young Concern Trust, counselling young people between 11-24. Having gained experience with a diverse and broad spectrum of clients has enriched my work as a therapist.
My interest and passion for counselling was initially inspired after going through my own personal therapy at a difficult time. This helped me to realise the power of feeling heard and understood within a safe non judgemental counselling space and to reach some of my own 'light bulb' moments. My aim is to hear your story unfold, and to be part of your journey, through warm, active, empathic listening.
I believe the relationship built between therapist and client forms the foundation of a strong therapeutic alliance.
My counselling practice is in Bounds Green North London and Crouch End, North London.
"Therapy should be relationship driven, not theory driven" Yalom
WHAT TO EXPECT
My intention is to hear what brings you to counselling so you are able to feel heard and valued. I feel working together should be a collaborative process and i am not prescriptive or directive. This is your process and i am here to work alongside you to gage what your internal or external world feels like for you. There is no 'one size to fit all' . After our first meeting we can both decide what feels right for you and if my style and approach sits well with your needs.
I have experience of working with anxiety, depression, anger, low self esteem, abuse, trauma, bereavement, relationship concerns.
There is no charge for the first session. Follow ups are £45.00
There is no obligation to commit to the counselling after the first meeting. You may need time to reflect, And consider you options. The sessions will last for fifty minutes and should you decide to start will be on an agreed day and time.
I feel therapy should be accessible to all who may be struggling financially. I am happy to make a fair and realistic concession to suit your needs.
Day time sessions £45
Evening sessions £45
concessions are available if you are on a low income or on benefits
“I am without question feeling and functioning better since when I last saw you. I still have bleak periods now and then, but am able to handle them, and they pass. Its an on going process we all know that, but at least I am not wading through the dull, inarticulate despair that I was in this time last year. I feel I learned so much and gained so much with you, in the way of how to handle the life I am faced with now. I really want to thank you for your help.”
“Thank you so very much for your never ending patience, kindness and compassion. You have given me so very much help. I shall never forget you and wish you well in the future. This card sums up what I feel you have given me. “the right pair of shoes”.