I have many years' experience working both within private practice and the NHS, in GP practices and for the last five years, within Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in London. I have seen people for a wide range of difficulties, which have included bereavement, relationship problems, stress, anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem or self-confidence, loss of meaning...
In addition, I offer supervision and consultation to psychotherapists, counsellors and other health professionals, both privately and within the NHS. My training was integrative, with the focus being on existential, I also originally trained in bereavement counselling and in the hospital setting have worked extensively with cancer patients and within Palliative Care. My book on grief and loss, entitled Do You Realize? was published by O Books in October 2010.
I practise as an existential counsellor/psychotherapist. The existential approach seeks to be non-judgemental. The emphasis is on exploration, where the therapist's role is to help you to open up the choices and possibilities in a particular situation and in your life in general, to clarify your values and priorities, and to achieve a greater understanding of what you want from your life and your relationship with others.
At times we are all confronted with life events which can trigger feelings of anxiety and disorientation, sadness, even despair. It might be the death of someone close to us, the breakdown of a relationship, the loss of a job, the diagnosis of an illness, or a similarly significant situation, which causes us to temporarily lose our bearings, even our sense of our selves. Alternatively, we may, gradually develop a realisation that our life no longer feels right, that we have lost our way, or feel a sense of boredom or futility with our existence.
The existential approach will seek to help you to address your concerns and to re-assess what is important to you, in order to find a more meaningful way forward.