Counselling in Camberwell SE5
I am a counsellor practising in Camberwell, South London. I am conveniently located for those seeking counselling in Camberwell, East Dulwich, Herne Hill, Brixton and Peckham.
My practice is based at my home on Denmark Hill, SE5 which is close to Kings College Hospital and Denmark Hill train station (see map). I aim to provide a warm and welcoming space for you to talk through issues and explore feelings so that you can move forward in your life.
There may be times in our lives when we feel an overwhelming anxiety, depression or low self-esteem. You may be experiencing difficulties in a relationship or you may feel like you're in a very lonely place where you feel misunderstood. I believe that recognising you are struggling and finding the courage to ask for help may be your first step towards finding some resolution. Counselling can often bring clarity, peace of mind and answers to the problems you are struggling with and it can give you a greater degree of self-awareness and understanding of yourself and others which can help you to improve your self-esteem and become more reflective in your personal relationships.
My own experiences of confronting and surviving personal challenges have allowed me to value the importance of counselling. I believe that having the space to talk through your issues, to feel accepted and not judged, can be invaluable. Working together in an atmosphere of safety and trust, counselling offers the chance to explore, understand, and change your life.
Most of us experience times in our lives when we feel low, worried or distressed. This could be because of specific difficulties, such as anxiety or bereavement, or it could be a general sense of feeling ‘down’, and being unsure as to the reason why.
Counselling offers the opportunity to explore these concerns in a confidential, non-judgemental setting, with someone who is trained to help. Talking through problems with someone who is really listening and trying to understand how it is for you, without judging you, can make a real difference. It can help relieve painful feelings, and give you an increased understanding of your situation, and can help you decide on your own way forward.
A Journey of Self-Discovery
Life is rarely straightforward and having an opportunity to explore and reappraise difficulties in a therapeutic setting can lead to new perspectives and new ways of approaching our relationship to ourselves, the people in our lives, our histories and our possible futures. Being able to talk openly to someone else in a confidential and accepting setting can be helpful in itself. It can also help in gaining understanding and acceptance, working through difficulties you are facing and helping you to make the changes you wish to make.
As well as giving practical help in dealing with difficult issues and feelings, I believe in seeing our experiences as important influences that shape our character and can, in the longer term, lead to wisdom and self-knowledge. An important element in this exploration is the relationship between the counsellor and client. Research shows that it is this relationship that, over time, helps the healing process to take place.
There are many different models of counselling and psychotherapy. I work in an integrative way as I do not believe there is one model that helps everyone. Each person is an individual and what might suit one person might not necessarily suit another. My training and experience of being in therapy has been of an integration of humanistic approaches , such as Person-Centred Counselling and Gestalt Therapy with psychodynamic approaches. I also have experience of cognitive behavioural therapy ( CBT) and am able to work in this way with you, if you so wish.
I aim to be sensitive to the cultural and ethnic origins of individuals and to people’s religious beliefs and sexual orientation.
I offer prospective clients an initial consultation which gives both of us the opportunity of considering whether we want to work together. It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and that your therapist feels able to work with you. I offer both short term counselling and longer term. If we decide to meet regularly you will be free to terminate your therapy at any time but if we have been meeting for eight sessions or more then I would require you to give two sessions notice so that issues related to ending can be discussed and some resolution take place. We can review your progress as and when you wish.
The fee is £40 for a one-hour session.
I work with issues including:
The Potential Benefits of Counselling
Talking with a counsellor can allow you the time and space for new possibilities to open up. I can work with you to help you think about yourself and how you live your life. Together we will aim to find clarity and understanding
Often in life we can become overwhelmed by emotional difficulties, leading to negative feelings which are hard to deal with, especially when we have busy lives to tend to every day. It can be scary going to see a counsellor. After all, most of us pride ourselves on our ability to sort out our problems independently. But sometimes things seem to have got to the point where we realise we may need some outside support.
This could be because we're in a relationship that has hit serious problems, that we've been made redundant or experienced some other loss, or that we find ourselves experiencing unhelpful or self-destructive behaviour patterns.
Alternatively, there may be no crisis, just an uncomfortable feeling that we're on the wrong track in life and would like more fulfilment and meaning.
A commitment to counselling can help you:
develop happier and more intimate relationships
become clearer about what you want in life and more able to get your needs met in an appropriate way
establish appropriate boundaries
become more self-accepting and enthusiastic about life
move away from self-destructive patterns and towards more healthy behaviour
be more creative in your approach to life
The following further information is also to be found on the second page of my website:
I work as a counsellor in Camberwell, London SE5 and also offer counselling for East Dulwich and counselling for Herne Hill, Brixton and Peckham.
I believe that seeing a counsellor/therapist can help you to become more contented and self-accepting. A commitment to counselling/therapy can help you develop healthier and more intimate relationships in which you can have your needs met and also respect the needs of others. The process can also be a stepping stone towards valuing yourself more and becoming clearer about what you want in life and how to deal with the challenges that inevitably occur.
This is a process that takes time, although you can begin to notice positive changes fairly quickly. Because it is a process there are times when you may feel you are making lots of progress and other times when you might not appear to be getting anywhere. It is rather like learning a new skill.
It is normally helpful to begin with to meet regularly, ideally at the same time each week. If you are facing considerable challenges it will make sense to continue weekly sessions but otherwise one can, after a time, move to fortnightly or even monthly meetings.
If you would like to talk with me about whether I may be able to help you then you are welcome to give me a call or send me an email.
I work from my home which is on Denmark Hill in Camberwell , within easy reach of Brixton , Kennington , Elephant and Castle , Peckham , Herne Hill and East Dulwich. I am centrally located for the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. My home is on numerous bus routes and Denmark Hill train station is five minutes walk away. There is often car parking available on the forecourt.
My contact phone numbers are: 0207 737 3956 and 07825 480903 .
My e-mail address is: [email protected]
I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP
I am registered with Counselling Directory
You can find me online by searching for counsellor Camberwell, counselling East Dulwich or counselling Herne Hill
'The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination. ' - Carl Rogers