Psychotherapy and Counselling in Amersham, Paddington & West London
There are times when everyone can do with a helping hand, whether it is through short term counselling or longer term psychotherapy.
You may be interested in counselling or psychotherapy because you are stressed, anxious or find yourself in a pattern that keeps repeating itself. Perhaps you are experiencing a feeling of being depressed, life seeming pointless or struggling with a life transition such as menopause, a break-up or bereavement.
Perhaps you find it difficult making decisions or you have lost the momentum to take control of your life and move forward. Or maybe you simply want to understand more about why you do the things you do. Whatever you are experiencing you probably have an underlying desire to discover and understand more about yourself in order to begin to live a more fulfilled life.
My approach to the work we do together is firstly based on building a relationship in which you can feel calmer and more at ease. Working collaboratively is important to create a balance between knowing you do have inner resources and qualities while at the same time processing your emotional responses to losses and painful experiences in your life. By doing this over time enables you to discover that the joy of transformation is possible which leads to an emerging growth of self-assurance and a sense of being able to live fully.
Keeping in mind your best interests, your individuality and confidentiality, I work flexibly in a variety of ways; by hearing your story; or using mindfulness; sensorimotor psychotherapy involving the body; or using creative techniques like drawing or sand-tray work and visualisation.
Prior to becoming a therapist I worked in the biological sciences but while living and working abroad I actively began working with the emotional support of others. I became involved in the development and running of an organisation for people who were distressed often to the point they were experiencing suicidal thoughts. Refugees and asylum seekers were amongst the group of people supported.
When I returned to the UK, I began training to be a counsellor/therapist. As part of the training I volunteered at the Peace Hospice in Watford, helping people come to terms with their bereavement. I also worked for Buckinghamshire Mind helping people with enduring mental health difficulties so they could achieve long-term and sustainable goals primarily, on their journey back to work.
Since qualifying as a therapist I have spent time learning about the connection between early childhood development, trauma and physical neurological development. I am a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. This is an approach using body movement, sensation and sense perception enabling clients to become mindful of their internal experiences which can facilitate healing. Similarly, by using the Awakening Dream technique clients can explore their dreams and bring into awareness a connection with their unconscious world, desires and hidden qualities.