Counselling London Bridge and Surbiton, SurreyI am a qualified, BACP accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist and cognitive behavioural therapist. I've previously worked in the NHS for 5 years as a psychotherapist in Central London and as a CBT therapist for WPF Therapy. I currently work as a psychotherapist for University College London , as well as having a small private practice, providing CBT, dynamic interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic counselling in Surrey and Central London.
I work with individual adults, usually on a once-weekly basis for 6 to 20 sessions, with the aim of enabling people to manage their problems more effectively.
I am experienced in helping with difficulties such as:
When working with CBT and with DIT, the use of questionnaires in sessions helps to identify what difficulties clients are experiencing and how severely they are affected by those difficulties. This makes it easier to provide the right kind of help and to monitor progress from week to week.
Amongst the things that are looked at in CBT are 'core beliefs'. CBT teaches that some of us hold quite unhelpful, untrue negative core beliefs about ourselves, the world and others, of which we may be hardly aware. These may have developed during childhood, when we didn't have the ability to think realistically about what was happening to us and around us. Alternatively, negative beliefs about ourselves may have developed when we had a bad experience as an adult. Once such beliefs have taken hold, they can have a big impact on the way we think, feel and behave in our everyday lives. Becoming aware of those beliefs and where they came from can help us reconsider them and replace them over time with more realistic beliefs that better reflect the person we really are. This then feeds into positive changes in the way we think, feel and behave day to day.
CBT is mainly focused on what's happening in your life today, and how your thinking and behaviour may be causing you problems but can be changed. For some clients, a different counselling approach may be more suitable. There are clients for whom it may be important to spend more time talking about painful things that have happened to them in the past. For other clients, who have relationship problems as their main issue, it may be useful to look at whether there are any common themes or repeating patterns around that. As a counsellor with experience of working with clients in a number of different ways, I can talk to you about what might be best after we've had our initial meeting.
Counselling London Bridge: my SE1 counselling and psychotherapy practice is very near London Bridge rail and tube stations, and readily accessible from the City and Central London.
Counselling Surrey: my counselling and psychotherapy practice in Surbiton, Surrey is within 5 minutes walk of the station.
"As you think, so you become.....Our busy minds are forever jumping to conclusions, manufacturing and interpreting signs that aren't there." Epictetus