Feeling low, anxious, confused, depressed, angry, overwhelmed or simply stuck...
There may be many reasons for your being here. I am an experienced therapist offering a safe, warm, non-judgemental and confidential space, where any current or past difficulties can be discussed and worked through.
I help people make sense of their thoughts, feelings, behaviours and sensations in relation to the outside world. By gaining a greater awareness of self, thinking patterns and unhelpful behaviours can be uncovered, understood and if needs be challenged, resulting in a positive and long-lasting change.
I am an experienced integrative relational therapist able to provide Tailormade Therapy suited to your individual circumstances, needs and goals. I believe that we all have an in-built ability to reach our full potential and that therapy can help with rediscovering this ability and making full use of it.
I am a qualified therapist and a registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
My style of work is integrative relational - this means that I am able to draw upon various theoretical approaches and therapeutic techniques, such as:
Solution-focused theories, including CBT
(Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
The core of my work lies in creating a good and trusting relationship, helping people to fulfil their potential by reconnecting with and building on their strengths and inner resources.
Over the past 5 years I have gained considerable experience working in voluntary academic and private practice settings across South West London.
My recent experience includes working as an associate counsellor at Kingston University and as a counsellor in NHS Medical Centre, awarded an outstanding rating for its counselling services in a recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection.
Furthermore, I have an extensive experience working in childcare, which gives me a good understanding of family dynamics, parenting and attachment issues.
I have a Degree (BSc Hons) in Psychology and Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). I work within BACP’s ethical framework for good practice, receive a regular supervision and follow a programme of continuing professional development to keep my practice up-to-date and enhance my knowledge.
I am fluent in English and Czech languages.
Research suggests that a good relationship between client and counsellor is one of the most reliable predictors of successful therapy.
This is the main reason why I believe it is important to find the right person to help you. Also, going through the process of therapy can be difficult at times and so creating a supportive environment, built on respect, trust and honesty, is key. When you come to me, you can expect a warm, non-judgemental, confidential and safe space, where any current or past issues can be discussed, explored and worked through. I appreciate that all of us make sense of our environment in a unique way and so the style and pace of our work will be tailored to you - your individual aims and needs.
The first step, when you get in touch with me, will be scheduling a brief consultation.
I offer a free 20 minute video or, if preferred, phone consultation. This gives us the opportunity to find out a bit more about each other and decide whether we are the right fit.
The next step, if we decide to work together, will be arranging a suitable day and time to meet each week.
In the first session, I will be interested to know more about you – what brings you to me, your past history, current situation as well as your aims and expectations. I will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
This question is debated on ongoing bases in my field, with some experts believing that while areas of the two professions overlap, psychotherapists work on longer-term concerns and have the training to reflect this. Others argue that there is little to no distinction between the professions. I trained as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and use the two terms interchangeably.
How long and how often are the sessions?
Sessions are around 50 minutes long and usually once a week.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies from person to person and depends on the nature of your issues. I usually suggest coming for 4 – 6 sessions before reviewing our work and deciding on the next steps. I work on short to medium term bases (6 – 26 weeks) as well as medium to longer term bases (6 months +).
Is what I say confidential?
Yes. However, there are certain ethical and legal exemption, which will be discussed in our first session.
What is your cancellation policy?
The session fee will be payable if you cancel with less than 48 hours’ notice of the appointment time.
What age groups and issues do you work with?
How much does it cost?
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Raynes Park, London