How I Work
The decision to seek therapy is often not a simple one but once taken it marks a commitment to care for yourself that may then be fostered in our work together until you are able to meet your dilemmas or troubles with more understanding, gentleness, and a greater ease.
Why do I practise Integrative Psychotherapy and what does it mean?
Integrative Psychotherapy aims to facilitate wholeness between the feeling, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological levels of functioning – in other words the whole person. This is done in part through looking at aspects of the self that you may be unaware of and making them conscious. Or perhaps there is a disowned or unresolved aspect – here too the goal is to integrate these parts into a cohesive whole. Integrative psychotherapy involves the tailoring of my approach by drawing on my knowledge of different schools of psychotherapy according to what my experience tells me will work best with your personality and situation.
Together we can look at the life you want for yourself and how to achieve it. Change takes time and cannot be rushed. I believe in providing focus and space, not pressure. I believe in removing expectation, often routed in the demands of others, and instead aligning ourselves with what we feel inside. Change comes about by clearing a path to where we want to be, not forcing our way through to it.
I work in a way that is warm, empathic, non-judgemental, and direct. I am not a therapist who will stare at you in silence. I also believe there is a place for humour in therapy. My work draws on many theoretical orientations and styles. Because each person is unique, my work is different with every person that I see. I tailor my approach to help you and your individual needs.
I offer a comfortable and confidential space where you can look at your life free of expectation or judgement. It may be that you want to work through childhood or relationship issues. Perhaps you are undergoing an important change in your life or are confused by your options. Maybe you are experiencing prolonged anxiety, depression, emptiness, or a loss of meaning or purpose. Therapy can help you make sense of your situation and help you live a more fulfilling life. It can give you new tools to handle conflict and challenge, and free you from behaviours that hold you back from the life you deserve.
Together we can explore whatever issues arise, working towards such themes as freedom, forgiveness, acceptance, security, growth, meaning, clarity, authenticity, spontaneity, and joy. Life is worth living well, that means a life feeling grounded and motivated. It means living without guilt, shame and anxiety at every turn, and instead a life with more inner peace and a sense of purpose. Below are some of the issues I work with:
- Relationship Problems
- Career changes
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Identity issues
- Substance Abuse
- Difficultly Making Decisions
- Problems with Motivation/Focus
- Feeling Alone/Isolated
- Low Self-Confidence
- Issues of Assertion
- Life Transitions
Where I am
My psychotherapy practice is in Earls Court, Kensington, within easy reach of most of West London including Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, and Fulham. If I can’t help you, then should you wish, I will refer you to someone who can.
Fees: Psychotherapy for Individuals
The fees are £150 per session. I take on a couple of clients a month at reduced fees for those on lower incomes.
Fees: Couples and Relationship Counseling
The fee for daytime office hours is £200 and £250 after 5 p.m.
Initially we will speak on the phone (or Skype) to get an understanding of your situation and see if I am a suitable therapist for you. If so and you feel we have a good rapport then we will schedule an initial session.
The initial session will last for 50 minutes during which we explore what has brought you to psychotherapy and what you would like to achieve from it. We can then agree a plan for how to proceed including session times, length (typically 50 mins), and frequency. For individual work I generally recommend beginning with a weekly session for six weeks at which point we reappraise where we are at. The same is true for couples therapy however they will not necessarily be weekly.
CANCELLATION: In the event that you miss or are unable to make your session there is still a charge. If given one week’s notice I will attempt to reschedule that session where possible.
SKYPE and Phone Sessions are available.
Confidentiality is assured.
I abide by the BACP code of Ethics. BACP Membership number: 701340