A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life
Here are a few of the more common questions people asked when considering counselling or psychotherapy
An initial consultation session takes place to assess and understand the requirements and needs of the client, then if agreeing to proceed we will start working together.
Both Counselling and Psychotherapy Sessions last for 50 minutes and begin on the hour muturaly agreed by myself and the client. The sessions are held on a weekly basis every week, excluding pre- arranged holidays and sickness.
Each client is unique, it is therefore difficult to say exactly how many sessions will be required. Some people have a specific issue they wish to address, while others are interested in looking at all corners of their life to find a deeper understanding of who they are. Depending on the individual case clients may choose to work short term or long term, this can be discussed in the assessment.
For counselling I recommend that there should be a minimum commitment of 6 sessions.
Psychotherapy works at depth and therefore may require a more open ended time frame of at least 6 months, with regular reviews. This would allow the work to be held at a deeper level.
Confidentiality is one of the main ways in which therapy differs from many other forms of helping - for example, talking to friends or family can rarely offer the same degree of confidentiality as talking to a counsellor. Because of this confidentiality, you will find that - as you get used to coming for therapy - you are freer to talk about whatever you wish to.
No therapist can offer 100% confidentiality: there are some situations where the law requires disclosure of risk (e.g. certain child protection issues) and in common with most other therapists, there are some situations where I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. In particular, if someone tells me that they are thinking of harming themselves in a way that I believe puts them at serious risk, or if someone tells me that they are doing something that could put others at risk, I may not be able to keep such information confidential. However, breaking confidentiality is rare, and only happens after talking to the person concerned.
Everything that we discuss during the work together is strictly confidential and the only person I discuss your case with is my supervisor, and this forum is confidential also.
People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:
-Feelings of stress or anxiety
-Grief, loss or bereavement
-Problems with addiction
-Trauma and post-traumatic stress
-Problems with confidence or self-esteem
-Issues relating to sexuality
-Difficulties at work or in retirement
-Problems with family or school life
- I have been working as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice since 2009. during this time I have also worked in local authority organisations across London such as The Kingston Women's Centre and NHS hospitals & mental health departments, as well as the private sector.
-I completed my Advanced training in Psychotherapy in 2016. Prior to this I completed my M.A. in Transpersonal Psychotherapy in 2013 and a Diploma in Integrated Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2011. I also have clinical training in EMDR and a Diploma in Transpersonal dream work.
I am a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist. My practice is aligned with both the UKCP and BACP Code of Ethics.
Yes, as per the UKCP & BACP code of Ethics I receive regular Supervision designed to assist me as I work with you through your presenting problems.
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