I am an accredited psychotherapist offering counselling and psychotherapy on a short-term or open-ended basis in Crouch End, London N8 and at the Kailash Centre in St John’s Wood, London NW8. I am a graduate of the Karuna Institute, a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and an accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I bring a well-established mindfulness and meditation practice, a varied background and a broad range of experience to the work.
The work combines mindfulness with a pluralistic, relational approach.This means that we pay careful attention to feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations, to the ‘felt sense’ of what is happening in the moment; that an appreciation of this ongoing process draws on a range of psychotherapeutic understanding and practice; that we work together to create an empathic, secure and satisfying relationship; that there is an underlying trust in, and respect for, your inherent capacity for health and well-being.
People are drawn to counselling and psychotherapy for different reasons. There may be a specific problem, or a more general sense of disappointment and dissatisfaction with life. You may be experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, work or relationship problems. You may have suffered a bereavement, or be going through a personal crisis or life change.You may feel blocked, or stuck, or life may seem empty or meaningless. Or you may simply want to deepen your enquiry into life.
I offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space where you can feel fully met, heard and accepted, and a sensitive, flexible, intelligent response to whatever you choose to bring. Sessions last for one hour and take place weekly. I am available weekday daytimes and evenings.
I offer a free no-obligation initial consultation. This is an opportunity to talk about your needs, to ask questions, and to find out whether you want to proceed. It is important to find the right person to work with, so you may need time to think about it.
If you are happy to carry on, we can begin to explore your experience, and the nature of your difficulties. These can stem from perceptions, attitudes and beliefs about yourself, your culture and the world. We are social beings, and our brains and bodies grow in relation to others. You may have developed patterns of thought and behaviour to survive in response to past difficulties or traumas that prevent you from living life fully. By examining these views, beliefs and habitual responses you can begin to disentangle yourself from them, and from the limits and restrictions that they impose.
In order to let go of painful feelings, we have to let go of the roots of those feelings. Once we understand the causes and nature of our feelings, they begin to transform. Difficulties that originate in relationship can be explored and healed through relationship. Crises can be seen not so much as problems but as opportunities for growth.
By cultivating your own ‘internal therapist’ you can start to take more effective control of your life, and enter into a new relationship with yourself and the world. A greater sense of clarity and spaciousness can develop, and trust in a more spontaneous, creative and whole-hearted response to present experience.