Counselling, Psychotherapy and Life Coach for Cobham (near Oxshott, Byfleet, Claygate, Epsom, Guildford, Kingston, Surbiton, Thames Ditton, Leatherhead, Ripley, Weybridge, Esher, Woking, Bookham, Fetcham, Hersham and Walton-on-Thames) and Little Venice (near Paddington and Bayswater)
Welcome to my website. I am an experienced BACP registered, UKCP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist practising both short and long-term individual (not couples) counselling and psychotherapy and life coaching full-time in both London and Surrey. I work in Little Venice/Paddington, London and in Cobham (near to Oxshott, Esher, Leatherhead, Weybridge, Ripley, Bookham, Fetcham, Hersham and Walton-on-Thames, Byfleet, Claygate, Epsom, Guildford, Kingston, Surbiton, Thames Ditton and Woking.)
On the page headed "Will this help?" are some of the important ways that I believe psychotherapy, counselling and coaching can help you. Good psychotherapy, counselling or life coaching can each in their own way enable you to experience life more in the way you want to. The issues bringing you to this site will be standing in the way of this, but it can change. I don't believe that anyone is predestined to be a certain "type" of person, to behave in, or feel, a particular way, or to live a certain life. Growth and change are always possible. That said, sometimes much of the work can be about a person just appreciating and valuing more of who they currently are and what they already have in their life. There is a real and unique potential for both healing and change held in the trusting relationship between psychotherapist/counsellor/life coach and client.
The same issues arise for different reasons in each person. In psychotherapy or counselling, we learn how unique elements are creating your symptoms or causing you to feel unsatisfied, distressed or struggle. We'll look at how this can be different in your day to day life in order for you to shape life in the way you want. In life coaching, the aim is much the same, but there is less time spent exploring and linking with the past to understand the present and much more emphasis on setting goals for future achievement. For more detail on the differences between psychotherapy, counselling and working with a life coach, please refer to my Frequently Asked Questions page.
My training combined traditional psychotherapy theory with more contemporary techniques. This enables your individuality to be reflected in our work together. We would work in a style designed to suit you. This could, for example, involve bringing in your dreams and creative imagination, practicing mindfulness, or using cognitive behavioural techniques in addition to more traditional talking psychotherapy, life coaching and counselling. I have also completed a Certificate in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) as a way of working with many of the issues listed below (particularly trauma) and I'm currently working towards accreditation in this technique. An explanation of EMDR is contained in the Frequently Asked Questions page of this site.
My "Qualifications" page contains full details of my experience and qualifications. I have a broad range of clients and have worked successfully with issues including the following:
addictions and compulsions,
attachment issues (intimacy, commitment,etc.),
abuse issues (emotional, physical and sexual),
divorce and separation,
effects of working in a high-pressured corporate environment,
grief and loss,
lack of meaning and purpose,
life coaching for personal and professional goals,
relationship difficulties (not couples counselling though),
self-esteem and self-confidence,
sex and sexuality,
stress and stress-management,
who am I?
work related issues,
working in the City
See my profiles on the Counselling Directory and on the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) websites. I am also a member of the Surrey Counselling and Psychotherapy Initiative (SCPI).
Please note that it is possible, in exceptional circumstances, for us to have sessions at your home, or somewhere else that you'd prefer, subject to discussion and agreement. I also only work with clients on a one to one basis (not couples or families) and don't work with people under the age of 14.
The venues I work from are all comfortable and conducive to positive psychotherapeutic work and work as a life coach. All three are conveniently located for public transport and have parking nearby. My Cobham venue is just off Cobham High Street and is convenient for Oxshott, Esher, Leatherhead, Weybridge, Ripley, Bookham, Fetcham, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, Byfleet, Claygate, Epsom, Guildford, Kingston, Surbiton, Thames Ditton and Woking. Postcodes covered by the various venues include KT7, KT8, KT10, KT11, KT12, KT13, KT14, W1 and W2.
I am a psychotherapist, counsellor and life coach working with all of the above issues in each of my venues in west London (Little Venice, Paddington) and Cobham (convenient for Oxshott, Bookham, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Ripley, Esher, Hersham, Weybridge, Walton-on-Thames, Byfleet, Claygate, Epsom, Guildford, Kingston, Surbiton, Thames Ditton and Woking), Surrey.
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