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Counselling can bring many benefits. Most importantly it can reassure you that you are not alone, and will give you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. The hope is to help you make life something to be enjoyed rather than endured, and counselling can help you build resilience and give you the tools and resources to better deal with the challenges that life throws at you.
People seek counselling for various reasons and at different times in their lives.
It may be that you want to:
Take back control of your life and invite more choice
Starting counselling can seem daunting or scary, so it is important to be clear about why you wish to embark on this journey in this moment and also to recognise that it is a process that can take time. Whatever has brought you to this point – stresses at work, relationship problems, struggling with your mental health and well being, or perhaps a lack of confidence – it is where you go from here that matters.
It is important that you choose the right counsellor to journey with you: someone who you feel you can learn to trust and open up to. I would suggest you approach two or three different counsellors and have an initial conversation with each of them. Ask the counsellor lots of questions and ask yourself if you can imagine talking more regularly with them. Can you see yourself opening up and sharing with them the things that are really important to you?
The decision to commence counselling is often spurred on by a desire to change, or sometimes it is simply about understanding who you are and what you need right now.
Perhaps you have had counselling in the past and something has changed in your life that has led you to consider coming back to counselling? This can often happen and I have experience of working with people in this situation. Whatever your reasons, I would be happy for us to discuss this further.
My style of working is to pay particular attention to you the individual and our relationship as client/counsellor. I bring many qualities to the sessions including integrity, warmth, confidentiality, empathy, and the ability to listen and to make people feel relaxed and comfortable. My experience in life and in counselling is rich and varied, I draw on this experience to inform the counselling process and facilitate growth.
I value and understand the diversities within society and I work within a non-discriminatory framework and without judgement. I welcome and have worked with people from all backgrounds respecting every individual’s identity, gender, sexuality, religion, culture, ethnicity, age or disability.
On first contact, we will organise an initial assessment to ensure that your particular needs, expectations and goals are identified. This will be charged for as a normal session. We will also discuss a timeframe for you (either short or long term). It will give us a chance to decide if we will work well together and to clarify if counselling is right for you.
Counselling is an investment in you. However, I appreciate that some people are in a better financial situation than others. For this reason I offer a limited number of spaces for reduced cost counselling to those earning a lower income. Please mention this when you enquire so we can discuss this in more detail and I can inform you of current availability.
I recognise that each person’s needs are different. This is why I offer both short and long term counselling. The length of your commitment will depend on your reasons for choosing counselling and also on the work that unfolds as we proceed. We will review and assess the work we have done and determine and agree the next steps regularly as we progress.
It is this philosophy and a passionate wish to help others create the lives they aspire to live, which led me to study Psychology and gain a BSC Hons in 2002, and then become a qualified and practising counsellor in 2010. Over the last 20 years I have worked in the field of mental health and wellbeing with young people and adults from many backgrounds and different cultures. I have actively worked as a senior manager across the voluntary, public and private sectors with the most vulnerable, as well as with people needing direction and support. This includes those who have experienced relationship difficulties, as well as domestic, physical, sexual and mental abuse. Throughout this time, one thing that has never ceased to amaze me is how the power of healing and of human will can change lives. I work in accordance with the BACP ethical framework for good practice undertaking continued training to keep my knowledge and skills up-to-date and attending regular clinical counselling supervision with an experienced psychotherapist/supervisor. My private practice, Journeys Counselling, is a professional and confidential counselling service accessible to people living in the Central and North London areas that wish to have face-to-face counselling. Offering the choice of Skype or telephone counselling enables us to work together wherever you live or work.
The specific approach I use in counselling is known as Integrative Psychosynthesis. In essence this approach highly values the significance and power of the relationship between the counsellor and the client. This is a journey we will make together in a collaborative relationship that can be very healing and rewarding.
I focus on you and your unique situation. I will work with you both empathically and intuitively, paying attention to what is both spoken and unspoken.
Using the Integrative Psychosynthesis approach allows me to incorporate different perspectives into our sessions that will suit you and the current situation you face, often addressing past history, childhood, family or cultural experiences as well as what is happening for you in the here and now.
As well as addressing the present and the past, Integrative Psychosynthesis also gives particular emphasis to the aspects of counselling that focus on your hopes, dreams and aspirations. We may incorporate other perspectives such as visualisation or Mindful CBT, or we may simply address experiences as they unfold within the sessions.
Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Reg No: 041482)
July 2002 University of East London (UEL)
December 2010 Re-Vision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis