Counselling in Central London or by phone or video callI am a BACP accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist, cognitive behavioural therapist, and dynamic interpersonal therapist. I have previously worked as a therapist in the NHS, whilst training as a psychodynamic therapist. As a qualified CBT therapist, I have worked on an Employee Assistance Programme providing therapy to doctors and hospital consultants who were experiencing mental health difficulties. I currently work part time as a psychotherapist for University College London, providing short term psychodynamic therapy to students. I also have a private practice providing CBT, dynamic interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic counselling from a consulting room in Central London or by video call or phone.
I work with individual adults, on a short term or an open-ended basis, 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 Central London: the consulting room where I practice is very near Euston rail and tube stations.
I offer remote counselling by video call or by telephone.
"As you think, so you become.....Our busy minds are forever jumping to conclusions, manufacturing and interpreting signs that aren't there." Epictetus