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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Transactional Analysis (TA)
Making the decision to come for counselling can feel like a big step, and it may be the first stage of taking action to try and address problems which might be difficult to acknowledge, or painful to think about.
I am an experienced psychologist, specialised in counselling and psychotherapy. I work in my private practices in Harpenden-Hertfordshire and Uxbridge-West London.
I offer a confidential and safe environment, where we can explore difficult feelings together. By thinking about your experiences and relationships, past and present, we can work towards an in depth understanding of who you are. By understanding how you are really feeling, and thinking about what is happening in a thoughtful and non-judgemental way, we can start to identify and challenge patterns of behaviour which may be causing problems in your life. I believe that the self awareness gained through counselling and psychotherapy can offer you an opportunity to realise your full potential.
There may also be times where you just feel you need some support, or to 'off-load' in a therapeutic space where you can talk freely and openly.
The relationship between counsellor and client is very important. Our initial meeting is an opportunity for you to talk about what has brought you to counselling, ask questions, and for me to explain what I can offer, so that you can decide whether you think this is the right step for you.
In my private practice, I work with relationship difficulties,depression,anxiety, stress, anger management,loss & bereavement,trauma,low self- esteem,relationships,divorce, affairs, family issues,work related problems.
I offer counselling and psychotherapy, in addition to short term work, where the focus is on one specific problem or difficulty.
My training in integrative counselling and psychotherapy includes the following
Transaction Analysis - TA
Solution focus counselling
Counselling for Anxiety and Depression
IPT- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
I worked for 20 years in international business, working for multinationals across different countries in addition to leading multidisciplinary mental health teams in the NHS - National Health Service and NICE- National Istitute for Health and care Excellence.
I am also a Board member for Herts MIND Network and very proud of contributing for mental health in our communities.
I am familiar with the issues that arise from working in a corporate setting, having an expertise in business coaching and mentoring.
I am also a published author in self-development/self help books and academic research in European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health.
If you think that I may be able to assist you, please feel free to contact me by email or give me a call, and we can have an initial chat about what I can offer. If it feels right for you, we can arrange to meet. I aim to see new clients within a week of their first enquiry (availability permitting) as I feel it is important to maintain the momentum once a decision has been made.
I am affiliated member of the Professional Body of BACP - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, BPS - British Psychological Society. I am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Areas of interest
solution-focused approaches;work-related problems;PTSD and trauma therapy; stress; anxiety; depression; relationships; anger management; loss and bereavement; family issues; low self-esteem; low self-confidence;post-natal depression; bullying;harassment;career support; mentoring;coaching.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Medical Directors Office - Charing Cross Hospital
Post: Senior Operations Manager
HMN- MIND Herts Network
Watford - Hertfordshire
Post: Trustee-Vice-Chair of the Board- Board Therapeutic Lead
Culture and Diversity
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Portuguese - Native or bilingual
Tales of One-Star Light
Courses offered to GPs
Mental Health - Strategy and Integration across primary care, social care, schools , community services, acute service and specialist services.
Project management in MH settings
- MA Integrative Psychotherapy Thames Valley University 2005
- BsC Psychology and Counselling Thames Valley University 2004
- Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling West Thames College 2004
- BA Business- post Grad International Business Methodist University 1989
- Counselling for Depression NHS 2011
- IPT - Interpersonal Therapy NHS 2011
- Counselling Skills West Thames College 2002
- Transaction Analysis 101 Institute of Transaction Analisys 2003
- Counselling theory West Thames College 2002
- Gestalt Therapy Metanoia 2003
- Stress Management TBP 2004
Affiliations / memberships
BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
BPS - British Psychological Society
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.