The Dictionary of Counselling sees counselling as the application of a counsellor’s skills, experience and training to the intimate concerns, problems and aspirations of a client.
Therapy is a developing process, not an event. It may be short-term or open ended, and should bequeath the client skills and strategies to self counsel when therapy is over. It is a collaborative process between client and therapist in identifying problems and resources, and developing those resources to better cope and achieve greater well being. We often have difficulty asking for help.
I use a person centred approach, but integrate various psychotherapeutic models where appropriate. They may be; CBT approaches, Transactional Analysis, Attachment theory, Developmental, Motivational Interviewing, Existential, Mindfulness Based Stress Reductio.
I have a Masters degree in addiction Psychology and am certificated in CBT approaches and also in Mindfulness First Levels. I also consistently attend a range of CPD courses to broaden and deepen my understanding and capacity to help.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and operate to their ethical guidelines.
I have worked as a staff counsellor extensively in residential treatment programmes at PROMIS in their facility in Kent and their facility in London. Also at the London SHARP day care facility for a number of years. I was also a sessional counsellor at Roehampton Priory and still practise as a part time sessional counsellor at the Capio Psychiatric Hospital in North London, and at The Recovery Centre in Knightsbridge. I’ve also run my own private practice in Fulham for a number of years.
I have experience in treatment of all forms of addictive behaviour and dependency and have also worked with non addicted clients with a range of problems: anxiety, social phobia, relationship problems, lack of confidence, developmental problems, depression and some personality disorders.
Every one has problems, everyone has resources. Counselling is a collaboration between client and therapist to enhances resources and achieve a better sense of well-being.