I offer a safe, non-judging and confidential therapeutic space where thoughts and feelings can be shared and explored. My psychotherapy training is in a mindfulness based approach called Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP). This particular approach integrates concepts of mindfulness and awareness with modern psychological perspectives and theories.
You don't need to be familiar with what mindfulness is about to work with me. Instead, mindfulness supports me in the work that I do. My own mindfulness practice, for instance, helps bolster my resilience as a therapist. It also helps enhance the therapeutic space I provide.
Mindfulness is about bringing awareness to the present moment. Whatever arises in the here-an-now is met with compassion, warmth and non-judgement. Counsellors and psychotherapists aim to provide a therapeutic space imbued with the qualities of kindness, empathy and non-judging acceptance. Mindfulness-based psychotherapists use the principles and practice of mindful awareness to help underpin these qualities in their work.
Mindfulness also comes into the work in other ways. We may, for instance, bring awareness to what comes up in the here-and-now as we talk and explore together. This could include noticing thoughts, feelings and sensations as they arise in the present moment.
Our first meeting together is an opportunity for us to explore what has brought you to therapy, and allows us to get a sense for how it might be to work together. There is no obligation to start working together after this meeting, and there is space in the days afterwards to reflect before proceeding to a course of therapy. If we proceed to regular therapy sessions together, then we will typically meet weekly at the same time.
In-person at the Bloomsbury Therapy Centre (WC1B 4BA): £85 / fifty minute session.
Online using Zoom: £65 / fifty minute session.
Returning clients return on the fee last paid.
I am experienced at offering both short-term and open-ended therapy both online and in-person. I have worked across a range of areas, including: work-related stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, sexuality, relationship issues and low self-esteem. In addition to seeing clients privately, I have also volunteered as a therapist at a number of Edinburgh-based agencies, including: LGBT Health and Well Being, Gay Men’s Health and the PF Counselling Service.
My relevant academic qualifications include an MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice from Middlesex University,
and a MSc in Psychological Science (Conversion) from the University of Glasgow. I also have undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in engineering from universities in South Africa. I am committed to my ongoing professional development and am currently doing a PhD in counselling studies at the University of Edinburgh.