Most of us, at some point in our lives, begin to search for better ways of living our lives. For some of us this manifests as a crisis - depression, anxiety, emotional difficulties, relationship problems, work-related issues. For others, it may be a decision to confront and let go of a lifetime of pain. And for some of us it is a sense of restlessness, that life is not all that it could be.
Whatever the trigger that brings us to this point, the decision to start therapy is often a 'wake up call' - an invitation to pause and reflect, to heal, and to get in touch with who we really are. And to discover for ourselves what it means to live wholeheartedly.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
Where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open
Don't go back to sleep
HOW DO COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY HELP?
Psychotherapy and counselling are tools for healing as well as understanding ourselves deeply. They are about taking a step inward, looking within for answers. Taking responsibility for ourselves, and finding our own solutions to our problems, in a safe, caring environment. We may be able, perhaps for the first time, to talk about our deepest feelings with another person, and free ourselves from the pain of the past.
We may also be able to get in touch with who we really are and what makes us unique ... paving the way for a richer, fuller life.
I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and counsellor based in London. My training is in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, which is a flexible, transparent approach to therapy and is suitable for a wide range of issues, and for individuals, couples and group work. For more information about transactional analysis, click here
Before I qualified as a psychotherapist, I worked for 30 years as a researcher in the area of human motivation and decision making, studying the impact of psychology and culture on the choices we make. I have worked across multiple cultures, and have a unique understanding of the stresses created by cultural differences and the global work environment.
In addition to my private practice, I also work with NHS primary care. I work with a range of issues and have specific experience supporting people dealing with depression, anxiety and issues of isolation and loss. I also have a personal interest in supporting those who are struggling with the impact of childhood trauma.
My first session is offered free of charge, and gives me and my clients an opportunity to explore what it would be like to work together.
The range of fees for different services is provided below. I also offer a limited number of sliding-scale fee arrangements if affordability is a constraint.
£90 per 50 min session
We will discuss the number of sessions you may require in our initial meeting. This will vary widely with the specific issues you want to work on.
£125 per 75 min session
I usually suggest a block of 6-8 sessions to work through relationship difficulties.