For more than 25 years I worked as a probation officer in South London before taking early retirement. Prior to this I worked for a short time in aircraft design and in teaching outdoor pursuits. In my thirties a life crisis led to me entering therapy and after working through a number of challenging issues I decided to re-train as a counsellor/therapist. In 2009 I completed the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling at the Centre for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) in Hornsey, North London. For the last six years I have been providing counselling/therapy on a voluntary basis at a GPs' surgery in Islington.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and subscribe to its code of ethics.
How I work
I aim to explore with you the issues that have brought you to counselling/therapy, so that you are better able to deal with these parts of your life. My role is not to tell you what you should be doing but to help you gain the confidence and self-awareness to make the decisions you need to make.
I see counselling and therapy as a shared journey between counsellor and client. Many people come to counselling and therapy half expecting the counsellor to wave a magic wand and get rid of their problems. But genuine change takes time and is a process that unfolds in a gradual way.
I offer empathy, a desire to genuinely understand you and a different perspective on the issues you are struggling with. I can also be challenging, in a supportive way, if that feels necessary for your personal growth.
My approach is to: