About me

Having worked for more than twenty-five years in the Business world and lived in several countries I feel I can bring extensive life-experience, open-mindedness and robustness to our work together.

Personal Development has always been my passion, because I love to help people flourish and reach their full potential.  This is why I am, today, a Counselling Psychotherapist, CBT and Coach,

Qualifications:  With a BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Personal Counselling Institute, Dublin 2008), I am currently pursuing an MSc in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (Goldsmiths University, London).  I have a keen interest Positive Psychology (and completed my thesis on the topic in 2008) and also have a qualification in Life and Business Coaching.

Professional Membership: I am a registered professional member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and therefore fully comply with their ethical codes.

Location:  With consulting rooms in Central and West London, I provide a confidential space for us to meet regularly and work through the issues causing you concern.

Working relationship:  You will feel instantly at ease when you meet me as I am very personable and non-judgmental.  I don’t believe in being overly formal (I am warm) and have a good sense of humor. You will feel “safe”, listened to, and respected.

The degree to which the sessions are structured depends on you, your preferences and your presenting issues.  You will frequently be asked whether the sessions are going at the right pace and what works for you best, so that our work together can be tailored to you.

It may be helpful to dip into your past, if unhelpful patterns of behavior originate from then. ‘Sometimes we have to soak ourselves in the tears and fears of the past to water our future gardens’ [Suzy Kassem].

Key Knowledge / Methodologies employed:

I will draw on knowledge and experience from Counselling Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic-Programming plus the newer waves of therapies e.g. Systemic Therapy, Compassion-focused Therapy and Behavioral Activation.

Counselling Psychotherapy / Person-Centered Therapy:  the approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential, however this can become blocked or distorted by life experiences that affect our sense of value.  By positively valuing the client as a person in all aspects of their humanity while remaining open and genuine, the client feels increasingly accepted and can reconnect with their own inner values and sense of self-worth. This re-connection with their inner resources enables them to find their own way to move forward.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy:  The idea behind CBT is that our thoughts and behaviours influence each other.  By changing the way we think or behave in a situation, we can change the way we feel about life.  The therapy examines learnt behaviours, habits and negative thought patterns with the view of adapting and turning them into a positive.

Positive Psychology:  By challenging traditional psychology, which has focused largely on the negative, positive psychology aims to cultivate flourishing by moving people toward the positive. Positive psychology is the study of happiness, flourishing, and what makes life worth living.

Coaching: Aims to motivate, inspire and empower people to live their highest vision.

Neuro-Linguistic-Programming: NLP Works on the principle of duplicating what successful people do and learning, their techniques and strategies for success.

Schema Therapy is an integrative therapeutic approach that is primarily aimed at treating entrenched self-defeating patterns. These patterns often arise from core needs not having been met in childhood and/or trauma.  The therapy combines aspects of cognitive, behavioral, psycho dynamic, attachment and gestalt models, and considers itself to be a truly integrative model, and one that continues to evolve as its use internationally is growing.

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging people in treatment to be compassionate toward themselves and other people.  Compassion, both toward the self and toward others, is an emotional response believed by many to be an essential aspect of well-being. Its development may often have the benefit of improved mental and emotional health.

Behavioral Activation is based on the theory that individuals can tend to engage in increasing avoidance and isolation when not feeling good, which serves to maintain or worsen their symptoms. The goal of treatment, therefore, is to work these individuals to gradually decrease their avoidance and isolation and increase their engagement in activities that have been shown to improve mood. Many times, this includes activities that they enjoyed before becoming depressed, activities related to their values or even everyday items that get pushed aside such as exercising, socializing. etc.

Professional Membership: I am a registered professional member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and therefore fully comply with their ethical codes.