I have been practising as a psychotherapist and counsellor for over 20 years. I trained for six years, gaining a Masters in Existential Psychotherapy and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy. As I have a broad training in various schools of thought, this enables me to integrate different ways of working therapeutically according to the needs of the client.
I believe it is important for all psychotherapists and counsellors to have both excellent qualifications and practical experience, but it is also important to have had a broad life experience.
For myself, I worked in the creative fields of television and video for many years, before changing direction to become a psychotherapist. I have also worked as a General Manager and CEO in the caring professions since this time, within the NHS, The Priory, in prisons and for various Third Sector organisations. In addition, I have always run my own private practice.
I am experienced in both short-term counselling and longer-term psychotherapy, for clients who feel they need to do more in-depth work.
I have particular expertise in working in the addictions field, both in residential and outpatient treatment, especially with drugs, alcohol and gambling addiction. I offer individual addiction treatment programmes both in Kingston, Surrey and Central London.
I have also worked with hundreds of clients dealing with a variety of issues in their lives who need help to find clarity and guidance with their problems and struggles.
Having worked in so many counselling organisations over the years, achieving good clinical outcomes for clients is the major priority for me.
I am a qualified clinical supervisor and offer supervision, both on an individual and group basis, to counsellors and psychotherapists.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), which is a professional body who ensure that all their practitioners are following a strict code of conduct and embarking on regular annual training courses and further practice to keep their clinical skills up-to-date.
I am a BUPA, PruHealth, Aviva UK, Western Provident Association and Cigna registered counsellor, so if you have insurance cover with any of these companies, you can contact your GP to get a referral from them to see me.