I offer counselling, psychotherapy and clinical supervision from a quiet, comfortable practice in Brentwood, Essex. I also offer sessions online and by telephone.
I've put together some information on my work and background, to help decide whether I would be a good fit as a therapist for you.
Please feel free to contact me by phone or email, whether to ask any questions or arrange a 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 thoughts, feelings and so on which occur to you as we speak.
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.
Lastly, I have found that counselling and psychotherapy can be just as effective online, or over the telephone. Interest in this has increased in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and I am happy to make such arrangements if this would suit your circumstances.
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 both the British Psychoanalytic Council and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and with the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy. In addition to my clinical training, I have qualifications in Clinical Supervision and Reflective Practice.
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 - for example, those who encounter difficulties around destructive behaviours; or whose struggles relate to cultural or societal norms, rules or expectations; or those who struggle to find satisfaction in their relationships.
Alongside private practice I work as a group therapist within a university and value working with people from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. I am experienced in working with people in acute difficulty, as well as those whose underlying problems manifest more subtly.
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; or you find yourself in the same kind of relationship time and again. 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 your own particular strengths, abilities and capacity for enjoyment. It also helps us develop a deeper understanding of yourself and the reasons underlying your 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 and supervision in Brentwood, Essex
My consulting room is within Warley Hill Practice, a few minutes' walk from Brentwood station. The practice itself is designed specifically for talking therapies and so provides a calm, safe and quiet setting, whether for therapy or supervision. 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, Chelmsford 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.