I am a chartered Counselling Psychologist
offering help and support to individuals and families in North London and Hertfordshire.
As an experienced therapist I work hard to understand your perspective and the predicament you are experiencing. The private, confidential and safe environment I provide enables you to express feelings, thoughts and attitudes freely without fear of being judged or made to feel guilty.
I believe that it is vitally important to establish an understanding and trusting relationship so that you can express your feelings and life experience to make sense of the present situation. This can enable you to look forward to a better understanding so that you can cope with life.
Our therapeutic relationship is founded upon complete confidentiality. Hence in accordance with my professional code of conduct I can never, under any circumstances whatsoever, disclose to third parties or outside agencies, including all authorities, anything discussed during our sessions, even at your request.
I have vast experience dealing with: depession, bereavement, anxiety, stress, career concerns, women's issues, individuals with personal/relationship or marital crises, and patients suffering the effects physical illness.
I also provide Clinical Supervision for therapists and other professionals. I am a member of the BPS, UKCP and the HPC, the main accrediation bodies for psychotherapists in the UK.
Anxiety is a normal and important aspect of life and our way of coping.
It is not always a negative force if it is percieved and utilised to protect and motivate us. It can be a friend and an ally. However, high levels of anxiety can be debilitating and harmful to physical and psychological well being.
It is important to pinpoint and trace the underlying cause or causes of excessive anxiety. The underlying cause may be linked to the present or the past. Counselling and psychotherapy provide an opportunity to detect the very core reason for the experienced anxiety in a safe and confidential relationship. Such in-depth exploration will enable you to face the anxiety and see the situation in its true perspective.
Once the real and objective cause is determined it becomes possible to reduce the anxiety to a managable level. It can often be the fear of the unknown or unknowable possibilities.
You can explore the cause and nature of the anxiet in a trusting and confidential therapeutic relationship, thus enabling you to use anxiety as an active motivator and allow you to live a comfortable and productive life.
Depression is a most uncomfortable and profoundly dibilitating illness.
There are various treatments recommended by professionals. There are also different causes given for depression. It could be brought on by a traumatic life event. There are also people who have suffered several episodes of depression throughout their lives. One of the most frequently recommended treatments is talking therapies (Counselling and Psychotherapy). This may be combined with other approaches. e.g. medication.
An episode of depression may be used as an opportunity to explore your life scenario and your way of 'being' in the world. In therapy you may gain insight into the way you cope or deal with situations which might have caused you distress. You may make choices and bring about changes in your life.
As a therapist I remain alongside you while you review your life. I do not make choices and decisions for you. Counselling and Psychotherapy will provide a safe and confidential environment in which to talk and be listened to in the threapeutic setting.
The healing power of therapy resides in the therapeutic relationship which is a constant source of support and an ally.
The loss of a loved person is the most traumatic event in our lives.
Initially shocked and bewildered, life goes on for you in the early stages in a dazed state of mind. Family and friends rally round and support you in your loss.
However, days and weeks go by and you may be reluctant to burden others with your loss and grief. Counselling and Psychotherapy with an unbiased, emotionally strong, and available therapist will enable you to talk about the loved person - your loss, memories, and all the aspect of your relationship. Clearly, nothing can bring the loved one back, but you may restructure or plan a way of life which is more bearable within a therapeutic setting.
It is through relationship with the world and others that we develop our self image and meanings for for life.
The pattern and the quality of relationships are vital to our mental health, general well being, and satisfaction with life.
Sometimes the patterns of relationships formed are very old and related to our past; childhood, school days or home life. Early patterns influence our choices of partners and the way we relate to them. When difficulties are experienced in the present relationship life can become very unpleasant or unbearable.
A secure and trusting therapeutic relationship will enable you to explore the core of the problems in your relationship today. It is also an opportunity for you to find out the theme and patterns of significant relationships in the past as well as the present.
Such matters can only be discussed with an unbiased, objective person you can trust and where there is no fear of repercussions. It is not always fair or advisable to have such discussions with friends or family members.
Theapeutic relationship is an excellent vehicle for a trusting dialogue to help you to overcome your relationship problems.
The work environment has become increasingly complex and at times stressful.
It is often difficult or indeed inadvisable to discuss these issues at work or with family members for fear of repercussions or overburdening them. These stressful situations and events can be safely explored within a safe and confidential therapeutic ralationship.
I am a therapist who is also an academic. I have vast experience in higher education and large organisations as well as the Health Service. I have provided therapy and support for many senior and junior professionals, both individually and in groups. I have a sensitive insight into professional issues in the work environment. I have seen vast improvements in people's coping strategies and dealing with difficulties without serious consequences as a direct result of therapy.
I am experienced in personal aspects of career choice and available pathways for the future. I have been able to make individuals become aware of their choices and utilise their inherent and often untapped talent.
Physical and psychological illnesses are intrinsically linked to the extent that one can lead to the other.
Physical illness can create psychological demands and problems.
Psychological problems can cause physical illness and symptoms.
It is not always possible to discuss the very intimate aspects of illness in a medical setting or within the family. Exploration of aspects of physical symptoms in a trusting and confidential theareutic relationship will enable you to cope with problems in day to day life and living with others.