In 1997 I began training as a psychotherapist, and qualified with a Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic psychotherapy with Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) in Kensington in 2001.
Since then I have had extensive experience and training as a therapist to enable me to work with a wide variety of emotional difficulties:Problems that have their roots in the past can lead to difficulties in the present, such as anxiety and depression. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy can be very effective in helping us to understand how our past can affect us in the present.
With anxiety disorders including General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic attacks or phobias, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can give techniques and understanding of how our thoughts affect our behaviour and how we feel.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is used for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I also have experience providing therapy with mental health problems such as Bipolar Disorder.
Having been a midwife for 30 years I now specialise in providing therapy related to pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. I have also worked part time as Midwife Counsellor and Psychotherapist within the maternity department of Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, Kent. I really enjoyed the challenge of setting up an innovative service in liaison with local midwives, health visitors, GPs, consultants, Children's Centres and voluntary organisations.
I qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Midwifery (ADM) at Surrey University in 1990.
If you have not experienced counselling before it can seem quite daunting, especially for men. Think of it as a space to talk things through and reflect with a counsellor on anxieties you may have.
I work in an (integrative) flexible way using a variety of therapy techniques depending on the needs of the client. Short term as well as long term counselling is offered. It need not be a great expense, sometimes even one session can help to give a new perspective. Counselling by telephone and email is also provided.