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Counselling and Psychotherapy in Fleet St, Blackfriars, City of London
Life in the city can be brutal.
Work-related stress, depression and anxiety and their collective impact on personal well-being, on relationships and on family life are all significant problems. Many workers in the City have a tendency to be perfectionists and always to be in control. Fear of failure, high levels of competitiveness and a toxic culture of stigma and denial around mental health problems can often delay the process of getting help. While overall the City's workforce is young and relatively fit, it is no secret that those who work here work long hours in competitive environments. A survey by the City of London discovered that a third of City respondents found their job to be "very stressful" for more than just occasional periods. Small wonder that the Lord Mayor recently described the poor mental health of many City workers as a "silent plague".
Working in the UK's financial and legal heartland for the past 15 years as counsellor and psychotherapist has given me considerable experience helping people come to terms with the city's ill effects on their well-being. My practice is located conveniently in Fleet Street, Blackfriars, close to St Paul's Cathedral and midway between the City and the West End. I also offer counselling, psychotherapy and walking therapy in Rye, near Hastings in East Sussex, for those who would like to combine a break from the city with a therapeutic experience outside of the office setting.
As counsellor and psychotherapist I specialise in exploring how the challenges thrown up by living and working in the city can be transformed into opportunities for psychological and spiritual growth. I believe that many of the challenges we face in life are rooted in our unconscious minds, causing us to distort the way we view the world and our place within it. As we explore family histories, patterns of thought and behaviour, dreams and desires through counselling and psychotherapy, we can arrive at a clearer understanding of what we really want from our lives and how we can best achieve it.
I am interested in exploring what may currently be preventing you from living with integrity, confidence and self-esteem and how new ways of thinking, feeling and living can emerge, once we engage with your unconscious life. Whether you experience low self-confidence, self-loathing or a feeling of uselessness, have difficulty in forming relationships, suffer creative blocks or faith conflicts, the key to transformation can often be found in letting go of a false self so that the true self can be realized. Exploring old and unhelpful patterns around around self-image, relationships and addictive or compulsive behaviours, we can then identify how these can be changed in a realistic way through counselling and psychotherapy.
I also provide Couple Counselling in Blackfriars and Rye.
I have longstanding experience of counselling gay/lgbt clients around gender/sexual diversity issues.
I offer supervision to other counsellors and psychotherapists at my locations in the City and in Rye, East Sussex.
Locations in The City of London and Rye, East Sussex
I currently work in the City of London and in Rye, East Sussex.
My City practice is in Fleet Street, Blackfriars, midway between the City and the West End, close to St.Paul's Cathedral. Nearest Underground stations are Blackfriars and St.Paul's.
City Thameslink station is only 2 minutes' walk.
I also work in East Sussex at The Rye Creative Centre in Rye, close to Hastings, East Sussex and Kent.
Some issues I work with
Anxiety and fear
Creative Arts /blocks
Decision-making and discernment
Gay / Bisexual/ lgbt issues
Life in The City of London
Sexual and gender diversity
Qualifications and Experience
I began work as a couple counsellor in 1995 and as an individual counsellor in 1999. I qualified with Diplomas in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2001 and in Supervision in 2003.
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 Supervision (2003), each accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), from The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, (CCPE), which is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy(UKCP).
Throughout each year I take part in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) across a range of psychological approaches, including CBT, ACT, Psychosynthesis and Psychoanalytical approaches.
Since 2002 I have been registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). My work was successfully audited by UKCP in 2010.
I receive regular supervision of my work, which is conducted in accordance with the Codes of Ethics and Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy(UKCP).
I am a Service Provider for BUPA and AVIVA.