I’m a qualified Gestalt counsellor, trained at the Gestalt Centre in London, and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Reg MBACP).
I work both short term and long term with a range of clients in a GP surgery and in private practice. I’m also a specialist mental health mentor for universities across London.
My style is warm and empathic, providing a safe space for you to talk. Where appropriate, I bring in creative elements to the work such as drawing, drama, movement, dream work, visualisations and two-chair work. Sessions can sometimes feel spontaneous and playful and at other times reflective with lots of dialogue between us. I don’t give advice but I focus on raising your awareness, getting to the crux of underlying feelings and the core of who you are and what you want when you remove society’s expectations and messages out of the equation.
Prior to training as a counsellor, I was a Samaritans helpline listener for 4 years, supporting people experiencing thoughts of suicide. I also worked for Samaritans during the Men on The Ropes research campaign on male suicide and have a lot of empathy and knowledge in this area. I have since worked with Mind providing life coaching and emotional support to young-adult care leavers.
As a freelance writer, I write for The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and women’s magazines and I regularly feature in the press including The Sun, Metro, Scottish Daily Record, Refinery29, Broadly and The Tonic on mental health related issues. I have also been a radio panel guest and a radio show host for local radio.
I created and host the music & mental health podcast Sound Affects, exploring the unique mental health issues that affect musicians. I am compassionate to the way that unconventional, creative lifestyles can impact lives.