I take a non-judgemental kind and patient approach to my work. It's important to quickly build a feeling of safety trust and rapport.
I focus exclusively on my clients - my role is to support you, and I bring all of myself into the sessions, whilst also enabling and empowering you,
I'm pretty relaxed - i.e. not formal or distant. I'll work flexibly and I'm informed by what I and you find works in the sessions.
I might also encourage you to talk about how the therapy itself feels to you (i.e. how you feel about me). Sometimes this explorational can be transformational, but it doesn't always happen and that's OK as well,
I tend to work with my clients at least once a week, on the same day and time of the week. Having said that I'm also flexible if a client wishes to have a break or can't always make the same time each week (but a few days notice is very helpful).
I have a range of experience, from short term to much longer periods of therapy. I've worked with clients with more significant mental health issues, as well as those with short term and very specific challenges. It's OK with me to start therapy without knowing exactly how long it will last or where it will go.
In term of fees, I'm also flexible. Although my standard fee is £70 per session, I'm willing to significantly reduce the fee, if someone approaches me for therapy who can't afford that. I typically work with clients from £40 a session upwards, but am open to an approach if £40 isn't affordable. It's easier for me to offer online therapy at a lower cost (because I don't have room hire costs to build into me fee).
I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist mostly working in South West London. I qualified in 2003.
I have worked for over 20 years in various charities and in school governance and in private practice.
Prior to training as a Psychotherapist, I was a Buddhist monk for 6 years and mindfulness sometimes informs my work as a therapist.
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.