“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

— C.S. Lewis


I am an experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor working with individuals and couples either face to face or online. I offer short-term, longer-term and open-ended counselling. My practice is based in Kensal Rise, close to good transport links and a short distance from Kensal Green, Queens Park, Notting Hill, North Kensington and Brondesbury Park. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

I offer a confidential, safe, respectful and supportive space to help you to explore and address your anxieties and concerns. My intention is to offer you a warm, accepting and non-judgemental therapeutic alliance to enable you to explore, identify and start to understand your issues. My aim is to provide you with a framework to better understand your relationship with yourself and to start to develop new ways of being and thinking in order to live your life more fully.

Research has shown that the nature of the therapeutic relationship has the greatest influence on the outcome of therapy. Therefore it is important that you find a therapist who you can feel comfortable with and who feels right for you.

If you would like to discuss how I work or check out whether counselling is a good option for you before making an appointment, then please feel free to call me on 07966 396199. All calls are strictly confidential.

What can individual therapy help with?

If you are experiencing any of the following, then talking to a therapist could be useful:

  • Difficult emotions, such as grief, guilt, sadness, confusion, anger and low self-esteem
  • Difficult life events, such as bereavement or losing your job
  • Upsetting or traumatic experiences, past or present
  • A sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Lack of confidence in your personal or work life
  • Difficulties with intimacy and personal relationships
  • Domestic abuse
  • Relationship problems with colleagues or friends
  • Life changing events such as divorce, separation or a recent domestic or personal upheaval
  • Relationship problems within your family, for instance with your parents, siblings, children or partner
  • Long-term physical health problems
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts

This list is by no means definitive. If you are unsure of whether counselling can help then the best thing to do is get in touch to find out more about whether you could benefit from talking through your problems with me.

What can couples therapy help with?

Often the main issue with couples is a problem with communication.  Disagreements escalate into fights or the couple avoid issues that they know will be problematic.

A few other examples would be:

  • Change of circumstances such as the birth of a child
  • Difficult life events such as bereavement or the loss of a job
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Baggage from upbringing or previous partners
  • Sex life
  • A general sense that all is not well between you

If as a couple you are experiencing any of the above then working with a couples therapist could help you improve your relationship.

For more detailed information about my training and how I work with couples please click on the tab in the main menu called Couples

Why Counselling?

People come to see a counsellor for all sorts of reasons. You may be aware that you are suffering from anxiety and/or depression and know that you need counselling to resolve things. But, there are many other reasons for seeing a therapist.

You may be clear about what you want from therapy or you may only know that you need support from someone who isn't a friend or family member.

It could be that you are feeling overwhelmed by a recent crisis or that a long term problem isn't getting any better, or might even be getting worse.

You may be feeling that things from your past are holding you back or that you are stuck in a rut and unable to think of a way out of it on your own. You may also be feeling lonely and isolated and need help to address your issues. Or you may just know that something isn't right even if you can't quite identify what the problem is.

My Therapeutic Approach

I trained as an integrative psychotherapist at the Minster Centre, where I studied a number of different theoretical and therapeutic approaches. I tailor my work according to the needs of each individual.

My work is informed by the relationship between our bodies and our minds and an understanding of attachment theory, which suggests that the way that we relate to others in our adult lives is influenced by the relationships that we experience during childhood.

This does not mean that we will spend our sessions rooted in the past. Instead, we will work in the present. How much we use your past experiences to explore current limiting patterns of behaviour will depend on what is best for you.

My location and fees

My consulting room is in Kensal Rise, close to Kensal Green and Kensal Rise stations. I am within easy reach of Queens Park, North Kensington, Notting Hill, Kilburn, West Hampstead and Willesden

There are public transport links nearby and parking metres a short walk away if you are travelling by car.

My fees for individuals start at £85 for a 50-minute session.

My fee for couples is £130 for a 50-minute session. An initial assessment for couples is 75 minutes and the fee is £195.

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What Happens Next?

If you are unsure whether therapy is right for you then the best thing to do is to come for an initial assessment to get a sense of what it feels like to talk to me. During that session we can discuss together whether I am the right person for your needs.

If you would feel more comfortable speaking to me on the phone before arranging a session then you are welcome to call me on 07966 396199 or email me to arrange a brief telephone conversation to talk through your concerns.

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