Counselling, Psychotherapy, Life Coach and Author in Cobham (near Oxshott, Byfleet, Claygate, Epsom, Guildford, Kingston, Surbiton, Thames Ditton, Leatherhead, Ripley, Weybridge, Esher, Woking, Bookham, Fetcham, Hersham and Walton-on-Thames)
Welcome to my website. I am an experienced BACP registered, UKCP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist practising individual (not couples) counselling and psychotherapy and life coaching full-time in Surrey. I work 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.)
At this unprecedented time with Covid-19, if you’d rather not attend face-to-face sessions, we can work together using either FaceTime, Skype, Zoom etc or telephone. The current situation is understandably causing widespread anxiety and therapy really can help. If you need support specifically around this issue, please do contact me. I have written some notes about the possible effect of all this on mental health with some suggestions on how to help ourselves here.
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 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, in fact, they're inevitable, we just need to make sure they're happening in the way you want and need them to. That said, sometimes much of the work can be about us just appreciating and valuing more of who we currently are and what we already have in our 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.
I did used to have a number of testimonials from clients on this site, however putting testimonials on therapy websites is now prohibited by the ethical code of my accrediting body, UKCP. Hopefully though the reviews of my book below will give you an idea of what I’m like as a therapist.
I've written a self-help book called Finding a Balanced Connection which is available here on Amazon and in the Cobham Book Shop and a number of articles related to psychology and well-being for various media outlets that you can read here. Excerpts from reviews of the book on Amazon.co.uk include:
"This book, like the author, could be a life saver, and is certainly a life enhancer. It is full of analysis, structure, logic, and wisdom; hence a good companion if and when you are running short of some of that stuff."
“This is a great book. Easy to read, a great set of principles to follow and genius in it’s depth and simplicity of a complex psychological field.”
“It is as if you were sitting with him in the therapy space. His encouragement and compassion resonate throughout. As a doctor of many decades I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a more meaningful and fulfilled life.”
"Great inspiring read... it’s written in an engaging, no-nonsense style that is down to earth without any psychobabble or "fluff" that really appeals and helps believe that things are really possible. Highly recommended."
“Grounded and heartfelt... non-patronising, sensible and practical. This is a book full of compassion and wisdom in a format that's easy to read and to apply...he will help to change the way you relate to yourself and others.”
“He is so approachable that it makes the daunting idea of "seeing a therapist" much easier...clients... have always valued his kind, insightful, relaxed and grounded way of being.”
"A brilliant read... it’s a wonderful, clear and explicit window into making better connections, having better relationships and ultimately, being the very best version of yourself."
The book has also recently been added to the list of recommended books on mental health and wellbeing site www.thoughtsonlifeandlove.com who call it “motivating and inspirational”, full review here.
I've had a short animation produced to show some of the basic principles of the book (please feel free to share it):
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. 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), Find a Therapist, BUPA (their recommended specialist directory), Psychology Today and BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) websites. I am also a member of the Surrey Counselling and Psychotherapy Initiative (SCPI).
The venues I work from are all comfortable and conducive to positive psychotherapeutic work and work as a life coach. Both 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 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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