Think Feel Act
& Psychotherapist in advanced clinical training
Dip Psych, MBACP, UKCP
There are times in all of our lives when we are not OK, and believe that no one can understand our struggles; that we alone should fix them, or that we will never change for the better. But it needn’t be like this.
How I can support you
Psychotherapy and counselling can support you through these difficulties. By working together you can turn these struggles around and lead a positive, fulfilling life.
STRESS AND ANXIETY
Do you regularly feel anxious and unsettled? Perhaps your chest feels tight or your stomach nauseous. Or you may have a sense of pending doom – that something bad will happen which you can’t avoid. Maybe you seek escape through sleep, but find that nothing changes when the sleep ends – you wake up feeling still tired and you dread having to face the day.
Does everything seem like it’s too much effort? That nothing comes easily? You feel that there’s no pleasure to be had even in things that should be enjoyable. Each day you feel you merely exist, without any motivation, or sense of purpose. You are left feeling numb and blank whilst the world is happening around you. Other people are moving on, but you are stuck and you can only watch.
You feel you’re not worthy, that you are not important. You believe that you've made so many mistakes in your life and you continue to make them. You feel you’re in a rut. Nothing that you do works out, so “why even bother?” You are angry, maybe fed up. Or just tired. You believe that there must be something wrong with you, that you’re not as good as you used to be, or question whether you ever were.
People don’t understand you, that they don’t see the good in you. No matter how much you try others take you the wrong way. Relationships don’t work out, and your family and friends let you down. You believe something needs to change because you and others get hurt too often, but you don’t know what to change or how.
You’re angry and it comes out in bursts and as rage. You're dependent on drugs or alcohol in order to cope. Perhaps it’s a deep and constant sadness, like a heavy, grey blanket. At times the emotions are too much to contain within yourself. You say or do things in the heat of the moment, but there are painful consequences. You live with the weight of a guilt that sits on your mind and in your heart, and it eats away at you. You feel you are to blame, and it’s also scary.
You feel that something is not right inside of you and in your life. But you’ve been getting on in life and for a long time. You feel that it needs to be addressed. Other people don’t even notice it. But you do, though you can’t put your finger on it. You feel it’s time understand it and free yourself from it.
CHANGE THROUGH SUPPORT
Psychotherapy can bring life changing experiences (literally) by challenging and altering these limiting and harmful beliefs, feelings and behaviours. Starting therapy can feel like a heavy and daunting task, but it needn’t be. My role is to provide you with a supportive, confidential and respectful space so that together we can:
make sense of your past experiences and find new perspectives,
learn to cope with your present challenges, and
feel confident in yourself and look forward to your future.
I’m a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in advanced clinical training in an MSc and Certified Transactional Analysis. I also hold a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Metanoia Institute, the leading UK provider of specialist higher education in psychotherapy and counselling psychology. My training and qualifications are level 7 and validated by Middlesex University. I've worked at MCPS in West London, Centred of Change in Croydon and currently volunteering at CGL STARS (South-End Treatment and Recovery Services) in Essex.
Prior to psychotherapy my professional career was in the corporate, business and tech start-up worlds where I held senior positions in a wide range of sectors including finance, technology, marketing, retail and travel. Having settled in the UK since 2002 my life experiences include living in different cultures and societies acoss four different continents. I hold additional qualifications of Bachelor of Economics, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts.
For how long
We will work together once a week, in 50 minute sessions. The first session will be an introductory one where we can get to know each other and agree on how we will best work together.
My fee is £55 per session, and I offer a free, initial 30-minute phone consultation so you can get a feel of how we can work together. There's no ongoing obligation after this initial consultation.
I see my clients either in person in my practice room in Springfield (north Chelmsford), or remotely via Zoom video. I follow all government guidelines for Covid-19 out of consideration for our mutual safety.
What you bring to therapy is personal and can also be profoundly private. Ensuring your confidentiality and your safety are of upmost importance to me so that you can explore all aspect of your self freely, safely, and without judgement.
As part of this approach I strictly adhere to the Data Protection practices that are legally required by GDPR regulations, and by the Information Commissioner’s Office (with which I am registered – registration number ZB229088). You can view details of my Privacy and Digital policy.
My ethical practice
I am a Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), trainee member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis (IARTA) and the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA). I abide by all of their ethical codes, which can be found on their respective websites.