In line with professional guidance, I am meeting all clients remotely, usually on Zoom. The remote working option has, to many people's surprise (my own included), been readily accepted and can offer a surprising degree of intimacy and feel pretty normal after a few minutes! I offer a choice of FaceTime, , WhatsApp or Zoom. If you prefer, we can speak on the phone, although this does not feel as helpful an experience to me.
But nothing can be changed until it is faced." James Baldwin
I came across this quote recently and it says a lot about what therapy can offer - a space to confront difficult issues, past and present, in the hope of making positive changes. My role is to be there as a supportive and empathic companion on what can sometimes feel a challenging mission.
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 16 years. I have been working with individuals in my private practice here in Ealing for the past 20 years. I also have extensive experience counselling young people aged 11-25. I have counselled in schools and youth counselling services for 23 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 you are really struggling to manage the challenges presented by this strange new world we're all living in. Many of us are feeling not unreasonably anxious about our health, our careers, our family and our future. Therapy can provide a non-judgemental space to air how you really feel.
A fundamental 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 on. My experience has demonstrated repeatedly that the experience of working in a therapeutic relationship has the power to enable
you to change, grow in confidence and self belief and begin to realise your potential.
Taking That First Step
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. We are so often advised to 'just let it go'. If only it were that simple! I believe this is very often impossible without exploring events and the feelings evoked by them. Doing this in a safe space with a compassionate and empathic companion is often the key to unlocking the stuck feeling.
What I Can Help With
I am experienced at working with a very 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.
In the words of a client "Over the months that I worked with Dianne, she enabled me to not only find a solution to the problem that I had initially gone to see her about, but she also instilled enough confidence in me that I was able to change fundamental (negative) things in my life which had been hanging over me and which I had been clinging onto. She enabled me to have courage and self belief to get rid of those and to forge ahead so that I find myself in a new house, with a new job and rid of many toxic relationships in my life (mere dreams six months ago!). "
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'm on the list of Metanoia-approved therapists.
Where To Find Me
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.