Chartered Counselling Psychologist
“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.” Dalai Lama
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working in the NHS.
I am accredited by the following regulatory bodies: the British Psychological Society (BPS), Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).
Psychologists are trained in models of therapy that have been clinically researched and proven to be effective.
Research has shown that the therapeutic relationship is the single most important factor in helping people make lasting change. I am empathic, non-judgemental and adaptable. I am committed to helping you gain a greater understanding of your situation, and enabling you to improve your quality of life.
I am trained in both brief and long-term therapy. Many factors can influence which of these would benefit you. Together, we can think about what would best suit your needs and circumstances.
I am experienced in working with:
• Depression, low mood
• Self-harm, suicidal thoughts and other impulsive behaviours
• Anger management
• Anxiety and panic attacks
• Stress and burnout
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders OCD
• Chronic pain
• Eating difficulties/disorders
• Social phobia and anxiety
• Other phobias
• Interpersonal difficulties
I can also help if you are stuck in your career or feel dissatisfied with life. You may have difficulties with relationships, friendships, or problematic family dynamics. I believe that having a safe and confidential space in which to explore your anxieties will give you comfort and increased self-confidence.
MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):
This approach is goal orientated, and the focus is on actively making changes to your lifestyle, thinking patterns and behaviours.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT):
I am an accredited CAT therapist. This approach tries to understand your difficulties by looking at how some of your past experiences have shaped you in the present. It focuses on the present, looking at the unhelpful patterns that you may be stuck in and finding ways to make changes.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT):
This is an approach that mainly focuses on learning different skills and techniques for managing or breaking out of dysfunctional coping behaviours. These include self-harm, eating disorders, alcohol and drug misuse, anger and feeling overwhelmed by emotions. It can also help with Trauma symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares and intrusive memories.
There are times when no one model suits you or your problems, and it is here that a more integrated approach is helpful. I draw on different psychological models to understand your difficulties and provide techniques to overcome them.
I am registered with most major health insurance providers, please contact me to check if your provider is one of them.
Please contact me for information about my fee structure.
My consulting room is in South East London; it is a calm and comfortable space that helps you to feel relaxed. The nearest National rail station is Crofton Park, and overground station is Honor Oak Park. There is free parking available.