After degrees in English (Oxford) and theology (London), I worked as a teacher and then for ten years as a priest, before training, first as a couples counsellor and then as a psychotherapist and supervisor at CCPE, London.
For five years I was the Gay Men's Sexual Health Counsellor at PACE, while also building a private practice in the West End/City and in Putney, South West London.
I work with men and women, individuals and couples, straight and gay, young and old.
In 15 years as a counsellor and psychotherapist, I have helped around 1,000 people and I try never to forget that I have sat in the client's place myself!
HOW DO I WORK?
Therapy provides a warm and welcoming space in which you can find perspective, understanding, acceptance and healing.
As therapist I offer you compassion and insight to help facilitate growth and change.
Therapy is a collaborative process: I seek to be as honest and authentic as I can be and invite you to be the same.
Therapy could be of great help to you if ...
You are willing to take a fresh look at yourself
You could consider the possibility that you are partly responsible for the problems in your life
You feel ready to explore the instincts you have about the need for change.
I also offer Walking Therapy as an alternative to conventional face-to-face work in the consulting room.
COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
Counselling is usually short-term (between 1-12 sessions) and typically addresses how to manage problems better. Firstly, we look at what has brought you to seek help.
Secondly, we survey the changes you might want to make. Thirdly, we consider the obstacles and/or levers which will allow you to move from where you are now to where you would prefer to be. Counselling is not about giving advice but about listening and helping you to feel more empowered in dealing with the challenges you are facing in your life.
Psychotherapy is more open-ended (anything from 3 months to 3 years) and addresses, not only the causes of some of the problems you face but also the purpose of them.
Often provoked by some sense of personal crisis, psychotherapy helps you to step back from outdmoded or distorted ways of being, to accept and mourn their loss and to acknowledge and integrate what is emerging in your life, summoning you to change.
SOME ISSUES I WORK WITH
Anxiety and fear
Decision-making and discernment
Gay and lgbt issues
Loss and bereavement
Low self-confidence & self-esteem
Sex & Internet "addiction"
Therapeutic use of photography
You can learn more about how I work, about couples counselling and lgbt counselling on my website.
QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
I hold a Certificate in Marital Counselling (1998) from the University College of Ripon and York St. John, Leeds.
I hold a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2001) and a Diploma in Supervsion (2003), each accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), from the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London, which is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I began working as a couples counsellor in 1995, as an individual counsellor in 1999.
I qualified as a psychotherapist in 2001 and as a supervisor in 2003.
Since then I have worked in private practice, as a relationship counsellor with Marriage Care, for five years as HIV & Sexual Health Counsellor at PACE and as an affiliate counsellor in Employee Assistance Programmes, provided by BUPA, Ceridian Lifeworks and Right Corecare, among others.
I also conduct supervision with individuals and groups.
Individual therapy: Â£50 per 50 minute session
Couples counselling: Â£60 per 60 minute session
Supervision: Â£50 per 120 minute session
The entrance to The Elysian Centre is just off the street, between Rush Witt Wilson and Rye DIY. Turn in here and the building will be found straight ahead, through white gates into a large courtyard. The consulting rooms are down steps on the right.