- Location: London, United Kingdom
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- What I help people with:
(in order of expertise)
- Relationship Issues
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Therapy types I offer: (in order of most commonly practised)
- Qualifications verified by PlusGuidance:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Certificates
- Mindfulness Certificates
- MSc in Clinical & Community Psychology
- Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practice (Low Intensity)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy
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- My availability
How I can help you
I will enjoy working with and supporting you if you are seeking inner balance, want to free yourself from emotional suffering or want to cope more skilfully with difficulties ranging from anxiety and depression to relationship problems and self-harm. You might also be drawn to therapy by existential or religious/spiritual crisis or simply want to learn new ways of relating to yourself and the world around you. Whatever the reason I see therapy as a shared collaborative process between the therapist and the client. I trained in a number of therapeutic models, including relational, experiential and behavioural therapies. This allows me to tailor your therapy experience to your emotional needs and concerns rather than trying to fit you into a particular type of therapy.
I work in an invitational, non-judgemental yet gently challenging way and my therapeutic work is influenced by the life-enhancing practice of mindfulness. Inspired by my core training in person-centred and relational counselling, I recognise the importance of human relationships and their potential for healing and I put the relationships with clients at the heart of my therapeutic work. During my years of working as a therapist I noticed how people's difficulties are often fuelled by self-criticism and self-attacking and this observation prompted my interest in compassion-focused therapy and in finding answers to the question: "What stops us from being open not only to others but also to ourselves?". I have special interest in working with people who show traits of extreme emotional sensitivity, also known as 'highly sensitive personality', and in the therapeutic use of meditation in the modern world.
What to expect
My main aim is to ameliorate emotional suffering and enable people to become the person they aspire to be. What you will get is an assessment of your needs and goals and a clear well-defined therapy package aimed at you as an individual.
I am a BACP-registered counsellor and psychotherapist, dialectical behaviour therapist and mindfulness teacher. I have provided individual counselling and group psychological support to people experiencing depression, anxiety and other forms of distress in a variety of NHS and community settings since 2008. For a number of years I also worked in an IAPT service where people experiencing low mood and anxiety were supported with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
I currently divide my time between working part-time as a DBT therapist at a specialist NHS personality disorder service and in private practice. In addition to working therapeutically with general public I lead and co-facilitate DBT skills classes and give individual therapy to adults diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Alongside my counselling work I am a practitioner and teacher of mindfulness. Between 2009 and 2014 I managed and conducted the 8-week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression programme in the NHS. I also teach mindfulness in corporate and community settings and run mindfulness-based workshops and retreats in the UK and Malta.