What is your style?
My approach can be boiled down to three words: change through insight.
I’m a humanistic counsellor, and our relationship will be the biggest asset in working for change. It provides a space for you to know that your feelings and needs are accepted, which is often the first step to being able to explore them in depth. Understanding why we feel and act the way we do can help gain the clarity you need to make decisions on how to implement change.
What happens in the first session?
The most important factor in counselling is the relationship between the counsellor and the client, so an introductory session is a chance for us to get to know each other. We can talk about what issues have brought you to therapy and what you would like to achieve.
If we agree to work together, then we will set you a weekly 50-minute time slot. A weekly slot is the best way to find the stability needed to make change.
How long will we work together?
This varies for every client and issue so I don’t set a number of weeks for us to work together. What’s important is that, whether we work together for six weeks or a year, you feel in control of what’s happening. We will regularly review how our sessions are progressing.
What is your fee?
£50 per 50-minute weekly session (£60 for slots after 5pm). An initial half-hour appointment is free.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you are unable to attend your appointment then please give at least one week’s notice, or the regular session fee will be charged. You can also take six sessions off a year. If a lot of sessions are cancelled then we will discuss if now is the right time to pursue counselling.
Are our sessions confidential?
What are your qualifications?
I trained for three years at the Metanoia Institute, and have a diploma and BSc in humanistic counselling. As well as offering private practice, I counsel at ELOP in Walthamstow, and previously counselled at MCPS in Ealing.
What is your background?
Before counselling I worked in journalism and charity comms, as well as in the comedy industry (not, I should note, as a comedian).
I loved the chances that journalism gave me to meet people from every walk of life and hear about their lives. Sometimes I also got to help someone to make a difference, helping them to bring about a change in government policy. It felt like a logical move to counselling: it offers a chance to work with others and see what they want to change, but at a much deeper, personal level.
The comedy industry provided a wonderful grounding in how people express what is going on for them in their own terms. It offered up a diversity of experience and ways of communication that I often feel surprised to find myself drawing on as a counsellor.
Whether you are new to counselling or looking for someone new, I've outlined some answers to the questions I most often hear from new clients.
What actually happens in counselling?
A counsellor can help you look at experiences and behaviours which make you feel alone, worried, sad or scared. Talking them through in a confidential setting with a trained professional can help you to understand them better and feel more confident about the role they have in your life.
Coming to counselling can be intimidating as it often involves looking at difficult issues which can make us feel vulnerable. We can work together to help you feel secure, and we will move at a pace that suits you.