No two clients are the same, therefore it is important that the therapy is tailored to suit your needs. Through my integrative training I am able to work creatively in meeting those needs. My interest lies in how our lived experience from the past can impact the present. This can often present itself in our relationships, self-image and self-beliefs. As well as working with underlying narratives from the past, my approach also focuses on the present moment, through giving a place to what is happening in the therapist-client relationship, as well as working directly with the body. Developing a relationship with the body and creating dialogue with different parts of it, can be a particularly effective means of working with emotions that feel out of reach or difficult to process with our rational minds.
I draw upon a number of therapeutic approaches in supporting your healing journey. These include Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Jungian and Transpersonal Psychotherapy. I specialise in offering an holistic approach in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bereavement, and addictions. This means working with all aspects of your experience, as a means of helping you to gain a more complete understanding of the underlying issues related to these difficulties. My experience of working with clients over a 14 year period has shown me that this is one of the most effective methods of fostering lasting change.
Alongside talking together, I may suggest the use of mindfulness, (non-contact) bodywork, drawing, or dream work. These can be a powerful means toward helping you understand and fulfil more of your potential, and the discovery of your real self. Real, in this sense being what feels true and authentic for you in your own experience and learning to trust this.
One way of viewing the therapeutic process, is in helping to identify what gets lost in the midst of our lives; what we deeply long for within ourselves. Through which a deepened self-awareness can grow, creating the possibility of greater potential and lasting change in how you lead your life. I aim to help you to discover more about yourself and to facilitate your growth in self-awareness and authenticity. I believe that as this happens, and you become more self-aware, you naturally begin to make better choices in your life.
It may seem surprising how often we are reluctant to give ourselves the very thing that we need most; the gift of understanding this deeper part of ourselves, in a way that permits us to start to change the way we engage firstly in our internal world and subsequently in our external world.
As a psychotherapist, I am committed to creating a safe environment in which you can begin this process at a pace that feels right for you. In this regard, choosing to come into relationship with places in ourselves that maybe we have spent a life time avoiding, it is important that we can be compassionate and patient with ourselves.
I also use systemic constellations in my work with clients. This can offer a means of understanding and healing inter-generational trauma in an embodied way that allows an insight into the underlying family, cultural and societal systems at play.
As well as offering face to face appointments, I also see clients online, both within the UK and internationally. My experience of having worked with clients online over a number of years, is that it can provide an effective means of working at depth and supporting real change. In this regard, many of the approaches I use within a face to face context have been successfully adapted to this format.
I offer short and longer term counselling and psychotherapy.
I have a private practice in Brick Lane, close to Liverpool Street and Spitalfields. I specialise in offering an holistic approach in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bereavement, and addictions. This means working with all aspects of your experience, including mind, body and spirit as a means of helping you understand the underlying issues related to these difficulties. My experience of working with clients over a 14 year period is that I have found this is to be one of the most effective methods of fostering lasting change.
I began training as a therapist 16 years ago, as I wanted to bring together my personal interests with my professional life. In this regard I chose to train as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, as this provided me with a relational therapeutic approach, whilst holding a good basis to work from in understanding unconscious processes, and the deeper existential meanings of life that I feel we all search for. I feel my work as a psychotherapist helps to reaffirm the importance of the individual’s truth, as a means toward greater meaning and wholeness in our lives.
The process of self-understanding is fundamental for me as a practitioner, and has continued through an on-going spiritual practice that allows me to know myself on deeper levels without the demands of established religious dogma. In this regard, I have practiced meditation for many years. I have found mindfulness techniques in particular, to be an effective means of coming into relationship with and being present to painful emotions or difficult memories. Used within a therapeutic context these can offer a supportive means for individuals to harness their own innate wisdom and self-understanding.
I qualified as a therapist in 2007, and have worked in the healing professions for the past 19 years. As well as my private practice as a therapist, I have worked as a bereavement therapist at St Joseph's Hospice in east London. I have experience of providing therapeutic support to those nearing the end of their lives, as well as those who have been bereaved through the death of someone close to them. I have also worked as a therapist in a service in north London, providing longer term support for clients with severe and enduring mental health conditions.
For 14 years I worked in mental health, coordinating service provision to clients with acute mental health presentations and complex socio-economic support needs. This has included working as a clinical case manager within a trauma management service that provided psycho-therapeutic interventions to organisations and their employees that have experienced traumatic incidents. As such I have extensive experience of working with individuals from a broad range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, presenting with severe and enduring mental health conditions, and trauma related symptoms.
Through my experience of working within mental health and trauma I have come to recognise that mental health issues are not something that an unfortunate few end up in hospital experiencing, but something that we can all be susceptible to within our lives.
I am an experienced addictions therapist, and have supported clients within my private practice, struggling with compulsive or addictive behaviours and working with 12 step programmes. For many people the experience of addiction can leave them feeling as though they have no self-respect or identity. For many people in this situation their lives have become increasingly unmanageable through the pursuit of trying to “fix” painful feelings or unwanted thoughts or memories. The use of an addictions recovery programme in conjunction with therapy can provide a powerful healing combination.
As well as working with female clients, I have experience of working with men who have struggled with finding a sense of belonging within society, and who maybe no longer identify with the stereotyped male role model, which encourages self-reliance and emotional unresponsiveness. Many of the men I work with have felt that the only way for them to survive is to try to be something other than who they are. However, many report that after spending years trying to prove themselves, one of the bravest, though rewarding experiences is to be able to communicate the truth of their lives to another man.
I provide one to one work as a psychotherapist, as well as individual supervision within my private practice. I use an integrative transpersonal approach with both. Holding an holistic focus and working with the practitioners mind, body, emotions and intuition.
I am an approved training psychotherapist at Re-vision, as well as an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
In order to maintain the highest possible levels of competence and care, I regularly undertake personal supervision and continuing professional development. I carry personal indemnity insurance and hold a full DBS clearance certificate.
I am registered with a number of healthcare insurance providers, including Aviva and AXA PPP healthcare.
I am also a father for two boys. Being a parent has given me an insight into the complexities, demands and rewards of this role.
Training and Qualifications:
2007 Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling (Lewisham College)
2017 Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapy (Re-vision)
2018 Post Graduate Certificate in Integrative Transpersonal Supervision (Re-vision)
2019 Foundation Training in Systemic Constellations (The Centre for Systemic Constellations)
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.