How do I practice?
Each therapy session lasts for 50 minutes, and sessions usually take place on the same day and at the same time each week. Before you start therapy, we will meet for an initial consultation. The purpose of this meeting is to begin to think and talk about some of the issues that have been affecting you. It also allows you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about counselling and psychotherapy and whether short-term or open-ended is the best model for you. You are welcome to contact me by e-mail, website enquiry or by telephone, and I am open to having a short telephone conversation before arranging any appointments.
Psychodynamic therapy allows you the opportunity, time and space to reflect on the issues that are important to you and have brought you to therapy. There is no format or set structure to the therapy and this is what makes the therapy personal to you, the individual. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way of engaging in therapy.
You may wish to explore present day experiences, concerns or worries, or you may wish to talk about experiences of the past. You will offered the opportunity talk about your experiences, thoughts and feelings in a safe environment with a therapist who will listen without judgement.
Short-term counselling and longer-term therapy are available. Short-term counselling is for a fixed number of sessions, whereas long-term therapy is often referred to as open-ended, meaning you decide when you wish to work towards the ending of your therapy with your therapist.
I am a fully qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor with over twelve years of experience in offering counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and organisations. I work in Southend-on-Sea and London and I am able to offer you in-person and online therapy.
I have experience of working in NHS settings, the criminal justice system, corporate companies, and in the charity sector. I offer short-term and open-ended counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and organisations, clinical supervision for training organisations, individual clinical supervision for therapists, and reflective practice facilitation for organisations.
I trained at the Chelmsford Counselling Foundation, but my core clinical training took place with WPF Therapy. I have recently undertaken further training with the Society of Analytical Psychology (The SAP).
I am accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (the UKCP) and The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (The FPC). Both organisations uphold the highest of standards for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I am also a member of the BACP. I have an Enhanced criminal record check provided by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
I have experience of working with individuals who present with diagnoses such as ADHD, autism, one or more of the many different types of personality disorder, and with individuals who experience psychotic states of mind. That said, anyone can engage in therapy at any time, and, for any reason. Most people who seek counselling and psychotherapy with me do not come with a diagnosis; they come because they are struggling with what’s going on in their life and/or what’s going on in their mind, and they are looking for change.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.