I follow strict ethical principles and professional guidelines, and receive regular supervision and training to ensure high standards of professional and reflective practice. I regularly attendinternational and national conferences and engage in continued professional development activities and research to provide cutting edge psychological treatments.
Cognitive Behabioural Therapy (CBT) aims to support individuals in understanding the development and maintenance of their difficulties through increasing their awareness of the links between theirthoughts, feelings and behaviours. Strategies are then taught to enable an individual to manage their difficulties more effectively and to feel more in control of them.
Having worked theraputically in a forensic setting for many years, I began my counselling training in the early 1980's. My clinical work has continued to develop over the last 25 years through furthertraining courses combined with shorter courses in the UK and the USA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focusing on sexual issues.
I'm a BACP Accredited counsellor with 20 years of experience and have a three year diploma in Person Centred Counselling (1997 Metanoia). I work with individuals and with couples and I specialise inrelationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger management and building self esteem. My core approach to counselling is 'Person Centred'. CBT helps you identify and change unhelpful thoughts, patterns and behaviours.
Welcome to Counselling in Kingston, a private practice partnership offering Counselling and Psychotherapy to individuals and couples in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. We are two experienced therapistswith a wide range of theoretical and practical approaches. Integrating these approaches enables us to meet our clients' individual needs.
Trained in therapeutic counselling and Gestalt psychotherapy my approach is tailored to the unique wishes and needs of each individual. This begins with the support and non-judgemental acceptancenecessary to enable you to explore your thoughts and feelings freely. We work at your pace, perhaps to relieve the tension of unexpressed emotion, raise awareness, gain insight and develop internal support and resources to increase your strength and flexibility.
My approach is psychodynamic with the psychoanalytic understanding that some of our emotional life is not easy to be in touch with, and, can only gradually be revealed. The relationship with thetherapist is an important context in which we can explore some of the less conscious feelings that arise, and dreams are also significant as the process of therapy unfolds.
Phoenix is a self-funding service; our core mission is to ensure that any one wishing to have counselling can access affordable and accessible counselling at the time of need. Phoenix was establishedas a Community Interest Company which means that all income and fundraising earned must be used for the benefit of its services. Phoenix is an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling and National Counselling Society.
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Disability Psychotherapist with an honours degree in Psychology BSc. Hons.) from Goldsmiths College, University of London, a Doctorate in ClinicalPsychology (ClinPsychD) from the University of Surrey and an Advanced Diploma in Disability Psychotherapy from the CPCAB.
I am an independent practitioner offering confidential counselling and analytic psychotherapy in Kingston. I am qualified and accredited with the BACP and also with the Guild of Psychotherapists (SeeQualifications). I have been in private practice since 1995 and have extensive experience of working with people who are in distress or are having emotional or relational difficulties. My consulting room is in a largely residential area 10 minutes walk from Kingston town centre and Kingston Station.