I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapist and offer face to face counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples over the age of 16. Sessions take place in a safe and confidential environment and normally last about 50 minutes for individuals and 60 minutes for couples. The therapy provided can be brief or long term and can be conducted in English or German.
It is important to me to be sensitive to my clientsâ€™ needs, aiming to create a non-judgemental, trusting relationship, in which clients can talk openly about anything which might be troubling them. Often people find themselves caught up in distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviour, affecting their personal or work relationships and general sense of well-being. Personal/couples therapy presents an opportunity to explore with a professional what might be going on for you.
My approach to therapy is integrative, which means I am able to draw on different schools of thought depending on the needs and ideas of the individual/couple. This includes psychodynamic, person-centred, existential and post-existential modalities, as well as CBT. The therapy offers an opportunity to describe and explore past and present life experiences with a view to enhance self-awareness and develop an increased understanding of current difficulties and choices made in life, often forming the basis for change.
I have experience working with issues such as relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, bereavement, loss or trauma, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, eating disorder, substance misuse, OCD, mood swings, sometimes diagnosed as bi-polar, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder etc.
Training and Qualifications
â€¢ PsychD Professional Doctorate in Counselling & Psychotherapy, (ongoing),
â€¢ Advanced Practitioner Programme (APP), Roehampton University
â€¢ MSc (Distinction) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Roehampton University
â€¢ Certificate in Couples Counselling, Basingstoke Counselling Service
â€¢ Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory, level 3, Guildford College
â€¢ SMART Recovery Facilitator, Addiction Recovery Training
â€¢ Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing Training
â€¢ Certificate in Family Law and Procedure, Central Law Training
â€¢ Law degree, University Muenster, Germany
â€¢ Professional qualification to practice as a lawyer in Germany
â€¢ Qualified-Lawyers-Transfer-Test (QLTT) to work as a solicitor
My work experience stems from a variety of settings, private and within the NHS. I have provided psychotherapy for over 6 years at the Psychotherapy Department, St. Peterâ€™s Hospital, Chertsey, gaining a wide range of experience within the secondary care of mental health issues. I have offered counselling at the North Surrey Community Counselling Partnership (NSCCP), and established a counselling service at Avalon, a residential care home for adults with mental health issues. I also work as STR-Worker within the Surrey Skills in Recovery Team, based at Surrey County Council, engaging with adults, who are recovering from substance misuse, offering support towards a more balanced life style. Within this role I have co-facilitated managing addiction and systemic groups, as well as providing support on a 1:1 basis. I worked as a listening volunteer for the Samaritans, a charity offering a 24 hour telephone helpline service.
My career started within the legal profession, working as a solicitor in London, before taking a career break to care for my son. Realising that emotional issues in personal or work relationships can be at the root of many legal disputes, I re-trained as a psychotherapist, wanting to work more closely with people and to be able to professionally address emotional issues, which can get in the way of enjoying life more fully. A better understanding of â€œwhat makes you tick?â€ tends to lead to making different choices in life. Often it also has an impact on the way we approach conflict and can make a legal confrontation unnecessary or at least more manageable.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); a member of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA) and the Southern Association for Psychotherapy and Counselling (SAFPAC)
If you would like to find out more, you are welcome to contact me via email or telephone to ask any questions, or to arrange an initial no obligation consultation.
The initial consultation is offered at a reduced fee of Â£30 for individuals and Â£40 for couples. Thereafter regular weekly meetings are charged at a sliding scale from Â£40-Â£60 per session for individuals and Â£50-Â£70 for couples depending on income. Payment is due at the time of each appointment in cash or by cheque. 48 hours notice of cancellation is required to avoid full payment. Fees are reviewed annually. Reduced fee slots are available for students.