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I have worked with many hundreds of clients since I started my first training as a counsellor back in 1992, both in private practice and in the NHS in East London where I worked as a clinician and manager for seven years. I now offer brief and longer term therapy to individuals and couples, and supervise the work of other counsellors and psychotherapists. I am interested in de-mystifying the process of counselling/therapy and aim to engage and communicate in as direct and straightforward a way as possible. Both my counselling and psychotherapy trainings were humanistic trainings, an approach that takes an essentially optimistic view of human nature and which emphasises our capacity for self-determination, our strivings for freedom and the inherent dignity of the person (in all dimensions). For a more complete elaboration see http://www.ahpweb.org
People most often come forward with relationship issues, namely, difficulties maintaining or establishing intimate relationships. Many are struggling to come to terms with a loss, either through bereavement or separation. Quite often my clients are trying to manage high levels of worry and anxiety, and many are dealing with what is often called depression, or low mood, or ‘stress’. Sometimes this is a more serious depression that has required the help of a GP and medication. Clients are often trying to resolve long-standing problems which they have tried and failed to resolve themselves. For some this might mean wrestling with issues to do with sex or sexuality, or the consequences of childhood trauma, of whatever kind. Nearly always there will be issues of trust – a trust betrayed or a trust that has been damaged in some way. Sometimes people are looking for help understanding a stunted or blocked creativity, wanting to find ways to live more fulfilling lives. But often enough my clients don’t know what it is exactly that troubles them; what they do know is that they need a space to talk and reflect and think.
I have been supervising the work of a team of counsellors and psychotherapists from a local NHS Trust for over ten years. I also supervise the work of a number of individual counsellors and therapists from voluntary sector organisations. I am very interested in those aspects of therapeutic practice that are held in common across therapeutic divides, and thinking about what it is that is essentially therapeutic about the work that we do. I have considerable experience of being supervised by both psychoanalytic as well as humanistic therapists and have found the experience invariably enriching. My own post-qualifying psychoanalytic therapy has also proved invaluable in informing my rather ecumenical view of modern psychotherapeutic practice.
I am also a group facilitator and have experience of working alone, and as a co-facilitator. Having worked in primary care for a number of years I have always been interested in the psychological work being done by GPs and other staff members of the Primary Care team. I have worked with many GPs over the years and have recently established a south London Balint Group that I co-facilitate with a retired GP.
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Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (1993), Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Whittington Hospital School of Counselling & Psychotherapy) 2000, Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Metanoia) 2001, Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (GPTI) 2001, MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Middlesex University) 2001, accredited Balint Group Leader (2015)
SE4 & EC4 - sliding scale depending on income starting at £60 per 50 minute session (£70 in EC4)
bound by Code of Ethics & Complaints Procedures of:
UKCP (Accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist)
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