Counselling , Psychotherapy, Youth Counselling and Counselling Supervision in Ealing
Is It Time to Press Your Refresh Button?
As the nights draw in, September can often feel like a time of going back to the 'same old' . What the French call 'la rentree' - the return. Sometimes we're at a time in our lives when this is a welcome return to normal, at others not so much...It can be an appropriate month to take time to reflect on what's not working so well for you, why you feel flat and uninspired, or just really apprehensive about the future. Not a bad time to seek therapeutic support, which is where I might be of help....
I qualified as a therapist in 2001 and have been accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) as Counsellor/Psychotherapist for over 14 years. I have been working with individuals in my private practice here in Ealing for the past 18 years. I also have extensive experience counselling young people aged 10-21. I have counselled in schools and youth counselling services for 20 years and welcome enquiries from or on behalf of this age group.
The type of therapy I offer is known as Person-Centred. Founded by Carl Rogers in the 1950's, it's also sometimes known as Rogerian therapy and belongs to the humanistic school of therapy. Without going into mind-numbing detail at this stage, I am not an analyst with a couch, but bring my humanity to the work. My interest is in you, the whole person, not just the part of you which is feeling anxious, depressed or has trouble controlling your anger [to take three common presenting problems]. Or maybe just a bit 'autumnal' and not feeling very optimistic about the future. Therapy can provide a space to work out what you want from pressing that 'refresh' button.
An important element of my counselling philosophy is that the relationship between you the client and me the therapist is all-important and forms the basis for permanent therapeutic change and growth. To put it more straightforwardly, we work together as a team - I know a lot about psychotherapy and psychology but I believe you are the expert on you! Together we set about exploring your present feelings and very often how your past impacts you now. You will get to understand more about the distress or problem that has led you to seek help, and very likely change old, less than helpful, patterns of reaction and behaviour, ultimately leading to relief from some of those life-sapping feelings such as anxiety, depression, anger and so forth.
I know from my own experience and that of countless clients that feeling powerless can be very incapacitating, whether you feel powerless to control panic attacks, overeating, your worrying thoughts, your children or your bullying boss. Very often people find that the very act of
initiating counselling can help restore a feeling of being in control. For others, it is more that therapy provides a different way of looking at a difficult past and the relationships that made it so in order to live more fully in the present and future.
I am experienced at working with a broad range of issues including, but not limited to
I also welcome enquiries from those who find it hard to define what is pushing them to seek counselling - maybe a continuing sense of emptiness, or feeling that they can make more of their life. I work with many counselling and psychotherapy students for whom therapy is an integral part of the training, and am attempting to model best practice for them.
I have been a counselling supervisor for over 13 years and am on the Metanoia-approved list for the Person-Centred BA, MSc and Humanistic Therapy courses. I have supervised for charities, schools, youth counselling services. I have also supervised occupational therapists, head-teachers and careers advisors.
Based in central Ealing, my Counselling, Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision practice is well situated to be accessible by public transport and so is within easy reach of Central and West London, in particular Acton, Brentford, Chiswick, Greenford, Hammersmith, Hanwell, , Richmond, Shepherds Bush and Southall. It is a 10-minute walk from South Ealing Piccadilly line tube station and about a 15-minute walk from Ealing Broadway tube [Central and District lines] and mainline station. The 65 bus stops five minutes away. Forecourt parking is available for clients wishing to travel by car. I regret my consulting room is not wheelchair-accessible.