COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY
Dip. Integrative Counselling (MBACP)
Integrative Counsellor (MBACP)
The possibility for healing and growth lies within the individual; my job is to guide you there at a pace that suits. Building the trust to be seen for who we are, without fear of abandonment or rejection can be the most powerful of therapeutic experiences. Qualities I bring into the therapy room include kindness, curiosity, respect, humour and compassion.
Located at The Sunflower Centre, London SE4 (scroll down for travel info) for socially distanced, face-to-face counselling & psychotherapy with disabled access. I also deliver online using Zoom when necessary.
Clinical terms include: Attachment, Body, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Person-centred, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transpersonal.
Feel free to ask me what any of these mean or scroll down for more information.
FROM THE GROUND UP
Counselling & Psychotherapy in London
Asking for help takes courage and can be the first step on firm ground when things just don't feel right anymore. Therapy can be a place where you get to share that stuff you may not feel safe taking anywhere else. By forming a trusting relationship with a counsellor and talking things through, the weight of life can be gently lifted and a positive transformation can occur.
I can work with: abuse, addiction, anger, assault, anxiety, avoidance, bereavement, criminality, depression, eating issues, existential crisis, exploitation, gender identity, ill health, isolation, life-on-street aka 'gangs', relationships, sex and sexuality, shame, social issues, stress, trauma.
Below are some of the ways we might do this...
Whether family, partners, friends or communities, sometimes relationships can be wonderful. They can also be challenging or even damaging for us. The therapeutic relationship can be a safe space to explore how these experiences impact your life, and to 'test' potentially new or healthier ways of being in relationship. This approach is at the core of my practice and is the root of growth, healing and awareness.
INDIVIDUALITY & BEING IN THE WORLD
Being in the world, faced daily with freedom, choice and responsibility can be confusing and overwhelming. We can feel uncertain, isolated and frightened and may turn to destructive, harmful or addictive behaviours to cope. I may invite you to be curious and find the courage to ask: "who am I, and what are my true needs?"
Ever felt like you are viewing life through a camera lens? Is the real world a dull substitute for your imagination? Does thinking exhaust you? Or perhaps you just feel numb. If so, you may have lost contact with your body and the vast emotional world it contains. The unique therapeutic connection can gently guide you back to this ever-present experience. This can be initially unnerving, but is far from dull.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THERAPY
HOW DO I KNOW IF THERAPY IS FOR ME?
Maybe you don't, and that's okay.
But if you are asking yourself that question, perhaps that says something about where you are. Fear and uncertainty might mean that possibility is a few steps away.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
£65 per 50 min session (some low cost slots available for low income earners).
Individuals only, 18+.
No couples, families or groups.
Payments via bank transfer.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
The Sunflower Centre, 81 Tressillian Road, Brockley, London, SE4 1XZ.
During COVID-19 I am adhering to government guidelines on socially distanced face-to-face work. I also work online using Zoom where necessary.
DO I HAVE TO COMMIT AFTER THE FIRST SESSION?
No. The first session will be us getting to know each other to see if we are a good 'fit'. There is no obligation to make any commitment beyond that.
HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?
Once a week, every week, at the same day and time. This will be excluding holidays for which I will provide prior notice.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THERAPY FOR?
That's up to you. I have long term/open-ended (1 year or longer) availability and short term (12 sessions minimum) available also. It might be that you start as short term and decide to go long term as the work develops. This is a discussion we can have together.
WHAT IF I CAN'T MAKE A SESSION?
Any unplanned cancellations will be charged with the full session fee. You will be charged a £15 admin fee for up to 4 pre-arranged holiday sessions per year in face-to-face work. There is no charge for the same arrangement with online work.
DO YOU WORK ONLINE?
When face-to-face is not possible, sessions can be delivered securely via Zoom.
WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS?
I have a Diploma in Counselling from The Minster Centre. I am on course to receive an Advanced Diploma and MA in Psychotherapy in 2022. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics, register no: 384184.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY CONFIDENTIAL DATA?
The safety and well-being of the individual is fundamental to my practice. All contact and enquiries with the service are treated in strict confidence. I am registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) and adhere to GDPR guidelines.
From the Ground Up
I have lived in SE London since 2006 and worked in Soho until graduating in Commercial Music (1st Class BA Hons) at the University of Westminster in 2013. After a brief stint in the music industry, I trained as a frontline sexual health professional and youth worker.
Since 2014, I continue to deliver workshops and 121 sessions in schools and youth clubs as a young person's relationships, sex and identity mentor in SW London. I have worked with thousands of 11-18 year olds, from a range of ethnic, cultural and class backgrounds, gender and sexual identities, and learning needs.
I participate in voluntary peer supervision at HMPPS (Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service), supporting probation officers working with offenders. I also train professionals on a host of issues including the impact of gender bias when working with boys and young men and CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation), and Adolescent Trauma Awareness.
While acknowledging the value of work and qualifications, I believe, where appropriate, in the reparative power of drawing upon my own personal recovery experience to help inform my therapeutic approach.
I enjoy playing my drum kit, swimming, and slow walks in nature.
FROM THE GROUND UP face-to-face Counselling & Psychotherapy at
The Sunflower Centre
81 Tressillian Road, London, SE4 1XZ
Tel: 020 8694 2714
Overlooking the lush landscape of Hillyfields, The Sunflower Centre has provided complementary health and lifestyle in the heart of Brockley since 2006. It adheres to strict COVID-conscious guidelines for face-to-face work and has disabled access. It is served by a wide range of travel options:
12 min walk from Brockley station (orange overground & trains)
12 min walk from Crofton Park station (trains)
15 min walk from St Johns station (trains)
20 min walk from Lewisham station (trains)
Bus routes: 484, 122, 171, 172