I offer counselling and psychotherapy from a quiet, comfortable practice in Brentwood, Essex.
In order to help decide whether I might be the right therapist for you, I've put together some information on the therapy I offer, as well as my qualifications and experience.
Please do get in touch by phone or email, whether to ask any questions or to arrange an initial consultation.
You set the topics we talk about and the pace at which we work. We would speak about the things which are important to you, whether in your past or in your current circumstances, as well as the things which might come up between us.
While there is nothing which cannot be talked about in counselling or psychotherapy, very often people want to speak about their relationships, including sex and sexuality; families, whether past or current; work and studies; or private thoughts or feelings they might not have spoken about before. It is also very common to speak about a lack of these experiences. This is not a definitive list, however, and therapy is an opportunity to speak about whatever you want.
I believe that counselling and psychotherapy can be useful for people from all walks of life, and is valuable across cultures. It is particularly helpful for people who want to make sense of their lives and develop a deeper understanding of themselves.
My Training and Experience
I trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist at WPF Therapy, one of the UK's leading providers of psychotherapy training. I am registered with UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist. I am also registered with the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy. I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy to adult individuals.
Beyond private practice I work as a psychotherapist within an NHS forensic service, facilitating groups with both patients and the staff team. Having worked with people from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds for over a decade, I have considerable experience with the complexities people can encounter around their emotions, behaviour, relationships and identity.
I have developed a particular interest in people who experience themselves as outsiders or who have encountered difficulties around anger, violence or destructive behaviours, and whose struggles relate to cultural or societal norms, rules or expectations.
You can read more about my experience and qualifications here, and the type of counselling and psychotherapy I practice here - or for something not written by me, some useful summaries are available from the British Psychoanalytic Council and Psychology Today.
Why Seek Counselling & Psychotherapy?
You might be considering counselling or psychotherapy because you often feel anxious, depressed or angry without knowing why; or you find yourself repeating behaviours which you know are unhelpful, but don't feel able to change. Perhaps a bereavement or a difficult relationship has left you with feelings you don't know how to resolve. Others who seek psychotherapy aren't experiencing specific difficulties, but feel unsatisfied or unable to find fulfilment in their relationships, work or creative endeavours, when outwardly things seem to be going quite well.
It can be hard to know who to talk to about such things without embarrassment or shame, and to give them the attention they warrant. Meeting with a counsellor or psychotherapist offers a confidential space where whatever you're experiencing can be expressed and thought about safely.
As well as helping to lessen difficulties such as stress, anxiety, depression or relationship issues, counselling and psychotherapy helps to uncover our own particular strengths, abilities and capacity for enjoyment. It also helps us develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and the reasons underlying our current difficulties. Because of this, effective counselling and psychotherapy helps to develop a meaningful sense of self-awareness and the capacity to live a more fulfilling life.
You can read more about counselling and psychotherapy here.
Counselling & Psychotherapy in Brentwood, Essex
My consulting room is within Warley Hill Practice, designed specifically for talking therapies, and so provides a calm, safe and quiet setting. Rooms are comfortably furnished and soundproofed for privacy.
Warley Hill Practice is within walking distance of both Brentwood station and Brentwood High Street, and within easy reach of Shenfield, Upminster, Romford, Billericay and other areas across south Essex. The practice is ten minutes away from Romford by train, half an hour from Stratford or a twenty minute drive from Romford. It is easily reached from the M25, the A12 or the A127 and on-street parking is available.
Please feel free to contact me, whether to discuss the possibility of starting psychotherapy or to discuss any questions you may have. I am available by phone or email, and reply to all messages promptly.