We all go through difficult periods at some points in our lives. This is a fact of life which we cannot control but we can choose to deal with our problems or ignore them. Indeed, we can pretend all is fine but that does not mean our issues have disappeared. If left unchecked and unresolved, they carry on undermining the quality of our lives, in some cases bringing on depression or anxieties. They can also affect our physical health via addictions, eating disorders and psychosomatic illnesses.
Therapy can help us work through difficult times by taking the opportunity to examine our lives and as such grow and develop. However, therapy is not just about reducing immediate psychological pains but it can be a way to make our mental health stronger through self-knowledge. Exploring our inner world can bring much insight on how we really operate, our strengths and weaknesses, and can put us in contact with our innermost wisdom and understanding.
I have trained as an integrative, humanistic and psychodynamic counsellor, which allows me to use different approaches and techniques depending on what is most suitable for you as an individual and the issues you are bringing into the session. One size does not fit all; instead I tailor my therapy approach to what suits you.
My general approach towards my clients is a deep humanistic belief that we all have a strong, innate drive to realise our potential by self-development. My role is to help you recognise your strengths and choices in the ‘here and now’.
Some stubborn patterns of behaviour and attitude can have roots in early experiences. For these deep seated issues I prefer to use a psychodynamic approach which aims at bringing the unconscious mind into consciousness. I explore my client’s relationship with themselves and how this relates to their past. I also use Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to increase awareness of our thoughts, actions and feelings.
What to Expect?
Although I focus on working with individuals, and the issues they bring. I am particularly experienced in certain areas of therapy. I have worked widely with loss and bereavement and equally with trauma and all types of abuse (physical, mental, financial and sexual) as well as depression, Post Natal Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anger and anxiety.
I have a deep understanding of multi and cross-cultural (ethnicity and religion etc.) issues, including the challenges that first and second generation immigrants face. I am also experienced working with clients’ self-awareness, identity and mindfulness.
An initial assessment session will enable you to see if you feel comfortable with me, explore your needs and issues, ask questions, clarify confidentiality, and assess if therapy could benefit you. Please click on Contact Us to arrange an introductory assessment session in NW5, North London.