Psychotherapist & Coach
I believe that we should all be able to achieve our potential and live positive, fulfilling lives.
Unfortunately, sometimes our mind stops us from doing that. We can’t think straight, we feel unable to make the right choices.
That’s when our work together can help.
Why seek therapy?
Everybody has their own reasons for coming to therapy.
What one person finds easy can be a problem for another.
Our time of life, or what is happening around us, can also have profound effects. We may want to develop ourselves and become better people. Or we might have issues stopping us from achieving our potential.
Nevertheless, here is a short A-Z of some of the most common reasons people have come to see me about:
Whatever started it, you would now like to stop and be able to change your behaviour – in our work we will develop strategies for now and for a clearer future.
A panic attack is an exaggerated response from your body to something that scares you, stresses you or excites you. The physical sensations can include a pounding heart, sweating, feeling sick, breathing problems or lack of clear vision.
Depression doesn’t go away – it stays with us, interfering with our lives, and making everything more difficult, and less interesting.
The most common forms of eating problems are bulimia, anorexia, binge eating and over-eating.
Looking more closely at the issues enables us to decide what is important to us and how we can impact our relationships.
Lack of focus is often the symptom that something is not going well in our life. By finding and addressing the real issue we can refocus on what we want to do.
Stress becomes a problem when it becomes overwhelming, preventing us from taking proper decisions because we are not thinking rationally – or preventing us from acting at all.
My past experience
In a previous life I ran advertising and communication agencies in London. It was fun, creative and often frantic. It was also necessary to be very business-minded… and I was, even completing an MBA at the City’s CASS Business School.
That is why I now work with busy people – I understand how high expectations are, how stressful it can be, and why it is sometimes difficult to deliver.
For over a decade I have also been working in a Sixth Form College. I enjoy working with young adults (16-19 years old), their hopes and struggles, their attitudes, and their unique views on the world.
In terms of training, I completed a Post-graduate Diploma at the University of East London, where I graduated in Counselling and Coaching.
I have also furthered my knowledge by completing the following training:
CBT practitioner, approved by the British Psychological Society
CBT and Counselling with Autism Spectrum Disorder Clients with Professor Tony Attwood
Practitioner skills for Eating Disorders from the National Centre for Eating Disorders
Transformation of Trauma with Bessel van der Kolk
Rewind Trauma Therapy which enables clients to deal with traumatic events with David Muss
I belong to the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), to the Association of Integrative Coach Therapist Professionals (AICTP) and the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies).
In a younger life I have also studied in New York and Paris, with a focus on politics, and later communication.