Chartered & Registered Clinical Psychologist
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I’m a Psychologist working in London, offering coaching, counselling and therapy to adults, using integrative change methods around a core Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) approach. My professional background is as a Clinical Psychologist for which I have a Doctoral Degree, and I also have a Masters Degree in Occupational Psychology. I act as a personal guide for self-directed people who are looking for the best person to help them out of a difficult place in their lives.
Philosophy and Approach:
The people I work with can sometimes feel stuck in depression, anxious about dangers ahead, angry about obstructions they face, traumatised by past events, or humiliated as ‘outsiders’. They may have even developed bad habits such as addictions, or eating disorders to cope with negative feelings. When these ways of coping don’t work, they feel panic, shame or guilt, and end up avoiding their problems. Unresolved problems can lead to stress, physical symptoms, illnesses, and health anxiety. And they add to relationship difficulties at home or work. My offer is to assess each client’s difficulties thoroughly, make a personalised map of where they are in life using my unique grid mapping system, and help them find routes to a better place. Some clients are already adept: they just need coaching in extra skills to reach the top of their personal mountain. Others need some counselling to help them find their own way. A third group need to discover a way through with exploratory psychotherapy. Many need to overcome a specific obstacle with a step-by-step route plan, so I teach them the knowledge and skills they need. As I see it, extra knowledge and skills to help us navigate life can come from any one of clinical psychology, positive psychology, sports psychology, coaching, philosophy or the spiritual traditions. Sometimes psychological science offers evidence in favour of a particular path, but often it’s a matter drawing on other sources of wisdom to help each person find the best route from where they are. Each of us is a traveller: none of us is skilled in navigating all of life, few of us are without some inner wound or impairment, but each of us can develop our strengths and find a better life. My role is to know the maps, offer the guidance, and coach the skills to help others on their personal journey.
After getting my degree in Economics and Politics, I spent years trying out Accountancy, Market Research, and Auctioneering. Eventually I chose Psychology as a career where I could grow both personally and professionally, while helping others to grow too. I studied for my Psychology degree and masters in the evening while I worked by day, first for the Vocational Guidance Association, then for the NHS as a researcher in Health Psychology and Human Resources. After the masters degree I gained experience with an Occupational Psychology consultancy and lectured in Decision Sciences while I trained as a counsellor, then worked on a psychiatric research project while I gained experience as a counsellor in the NHS. This got me into my doctoral course in Clinical Psychology. It was a hands-on course where we studied two days a week and practised three. I did specialist placements in Addiction and Child Health. My thesis was on the link between children’s attachment to parents and parents’ control over children. Since qualifying in 2000 I have treated adult outpatients with a wide range of problems, in the NHS until January 2008, and independently in Harley Street from 2007. My inner journey has matched my outer one: it began with keeping a journal to examine my life in the hope of living it better. This led me to recognise psychology as a path for personal growth. Over the next 20 years I sampled and learned in turn about Transactional Analysis, Jungian Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Personal Construct Therapy, Psychoanalysis, NLP, Transpersonal Psychotherapy, and Philosophical Counselling. Each of these psychotherapies has its own map of the mind, but each map only describes part of the whole. So I now integrate different approaches into my own framework, which describes people as travellers in the landscape of their life experience. I’m a guide who has thoroughly explored the world of the mind both personally and professionally.
About the Therapy I Offer
In Person - Box Tree Clinic
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In Person - Other Location
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The Type of Therapy I Offer
CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
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