Southfields Counselling

A Counsellor in South-West London

I have more than 25 years' experience in counselling and psychotherapy. My work takes me into business and commerce and into the National Health Service.

I have experience in working with issues such as

Abuse – Trauma – Bereavement & Loss – Social Anxiety – Depression – Relationship problems – Anger – Stress – Lack of confidence – Lack of fulfilment – Low Self-esteem – Life complexities and difficulties – Workplace difficulties – Disability & ill-health

In recent years, I have also become interested in issues facing men who are unclear about their role in society, and with issues and concerns and challenges experienced through ageing.

Counselling and psychotherapy qualifications and accreditation

I hold diplomas in integrative therapeutic counselling, and in cognitive behavioural therapy (trauma).

I hold accreditation with British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, working within its ethical framework for good practice. In addition, I am also on the professional standards authority accredited register.

I am committed to enhancing my skills and development through regular supervision and regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Recent training includes working with couples, facilitating spiritual growth, working with soul and psychotherapeutic insights from contemporary neurobiology.

Counselling values

One of my main values is building a warm and empathic, accepting and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship in a manner facilitating exploration, in a safe and confidential environment. You can expect to be heard and understood, and to receive respect for your values and experience whatever your background. Clients often comment on how easy it is to relax quickly into the session.

There is little evidence that any one therapeutic method is superior to all others for all types of problems and all types of clients. My counselling training and approach is integrative, based on humanistic-existential, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and transpersonal theory and practice — see my About Counselling page for more details. Paying close attention to the person’s natural potential I remain open to the various ways in which growth can occur. It is an approach well-suited for working with life difficulties, including trauma, workplace difficulties, and disability and ill-health.

If you have a particular need beyond the scope of my areas of interest, it may be possible to refer you to another counsellor who would be better suited for you.

Ethical issues in counselling and psychotherapy

Sessions are confidential. No information will be shared without your permission unless under exceptional circumstances (as prescribed by law and good ethics). You can find more information about confidentiality and other ethical issues in the BACP ethical framework for good practice.

There are also links within the BACP website for further information on counselling, as well as other links which may be helpful to those with particular needs which may be better suited by specialist practitioners or organisations.

For long term therapy, I offer some flexibility for those whose work patterns are subject to change.

I’m always happy to hear from those wishing to discuss whether the work I offer is appropriate to their needs. See my Practicalities page for further details. Email or call me on 07788 908 327.

‘We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.’ — Thomas Moore

Disclaimer: Please note that none of the services I provide are a substitute for medical advice or treatment provided by a qualified medical doctor or other health care professional. If you are concerned about your health or wellbeing, please consult your GP or other appropriate physician.