The aim of my work is to help people to lead happier and more fulfilling lives through improved relationships. To do this I try to open up communication channels - not only words, but emotions too. I often find that change begins to happen when people are moved. It's a matter of the heart probably more than the intellect.
I am a qualified Systemic Family Therapist and use a flexible approach to working with individuals, couples, families and teams or organizations. By "flexible" I mean I use a range of tools - anything that I think will help my clients. I also share relevant information with clients and encourage them to learn more and to try new approaches to old problems. I work on a private basis from therapy centres in South Woodford (London E18) and Buckhurst Hill (IG9)
I have long experience first as a field social worker mostly dealing with children, adolescents and families, and adult mental health. Subsequently I worked as a specialist Psychiatric Social Worker and Team Manager in Tier 3 CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). This involved working as part of a multi-disciplinary team with more complex cases.
Additionally I have experience of setting up and running training in Peer Support in a number of schools, ranging from Primary through to 6th Form and Colleges. This has involved consulting with senior management teams on policy matters including Safegaurding and Anti-Bullying.
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.