I work with adults as individuals and also couples both face-to-face in Canary Wharf as well as online. I am experienced in helping my clients work through a range of life’s difficulties. This may be long-term struggles (e.g. anxiety, depression, self esteem) or more recent upsetting events (e.g. bereavement, stress, relationship difficulties) or psychological symptoms (e.g. sleep difficulties, panic, anger). I have worked clinically in a number of settings and with clients from a variety of backgrounds and presenting difficulties. These settings have spanned hospital contexts, not-for-profit organisations as well as private practice. I am also very pleased to hear from private individuals considering entering counselling and so I have endeavoured to make my practice as accessible as possible in terms of affordability, disability and diversity.
I work generally with individuals facing common human struggles and couples wanting to resolve their difficulties. We all go through rocky periods in our lives and therapy can help you smooth a way forward. Some examples of how therapy can help you move through difficulties include:
• Understanding what might be causing problems and repetitive patterns.
• Clarifying what direction you want to take in your life.
• Exploring problems with intimate relationships or family members.
• Overcoming trauma - be it from childhood or more recently.
• Coping with loss and bereavement.
I have trained to doctoral level in psychology and in addition trained as a psychotherapist. Post qualifying, I went on to do specialist training in working with couples, brief-term trauma therapy (EMDR) as well as third-wave or most recent developments in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness (MBCT).
My therapeutic modality is integrative psychology. This means that I blend approaches and techniques depending on the individual I am working with. I have a special interest in compassion, mindfulness approaches and trauma therapy. I work very collaboratively with my clients and I will review our work together regularly.
• HCPC registered: The title “Counselling Psychologist” can only be used by those registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC only registers people who meet the standards it sets for training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
• Chartered Psychologist: Chartered psychologist status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) reflects the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise. Chartered Psychologist status is the BPS gold standard, demonstrating a commitment to professional development and high ethical standards of practice, teaching and research. Chartered psychologists are entitled to use the designation ‘CPsychol’.
• UKCP registered: The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) holds national registers of psychotherapists, listing those practitioners who meet exacting standards and training requirements. This includes meeting established standards of professional practice as well as abiding by the UKCP’s Code of Ethics and requirements for continued professional development.
• BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists: The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy register is assessed and accredited under a scheme set up by the Department of Health. It is administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (the Authority).
I see clients in person at my office near Canary Wharf (5 minutes’ walk from Cabot Square) and also online. Some clients choose to do a blend of in-person and online to suit their schedules or circumstances.
I am South-African born and have been living in London for the previous 25 years. On relocating myself in the UK, I set about establishing dual career paths. Before dedicating my career to psychotherapy and psychology, I also worked in the pressurised world of the media and communications departments in high-profile organisations. The blend of my two cultural and professional backgrounds helps me bring a grounded and practical stance to what might seem like lofty and inaccessible psychological ideas.
• Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy – Middlesex University
• Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy – Metanoia Institute / UKCP accredited course
• Graduation Diploma in Psychology – University of East London
• NCFE in Person-Centred Counselling – BACP accredited course
• Bachelor of Arts: Psychology and Communications –Communications – University of South Africa
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.