22nd June 2021 
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The pandemic has disrupted us all in our own ways. For some, the isolation and fear of the pandemic has caused and amplified existing emotional pain. Counselling and psychotherapy can still help. I am now offering both face to face and online sessions according to preference. Sessions are conducted at a safe physical distance and I follow a number of safety protocols.

Emotional difficulties and painful feelings are a fact of life, but sometimes they can become so overwhelming, unmanageable and long-lasting that we don’t know what to do or where to turn. We can become distressed, desperate, anxious and hopeless. Sometimes we find ourselves repeating destructive patterns of thinking and behaving without understanding why. Sometimes we just have a feeling of something being wrong but can't articulate what that might be.

Lifestyle changes and talking to friends and family can sometimes help, but if that isn’t an option, isn’t helping, or you feel that the problem runs far deeper or has been going on too long, then it is time to consider counselling or psychotherapy.

Seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist will allow you to talk to someone who will listen without judgement and will support you in coping with your current circumstances. They will offer a fresh and sometimes challenging perspective that allows you to get to the root of what is troubling you and find a new way through.

By examining your past in detail we can understand the relationships and events that have shaped you, and your more hidden, unconscious thoughts and feelings. The process of exploration will help you discover how you really feel, why you do what you do, and how to work toward deep and positive change. This can be painful initially but, over time, talking and exploration will lessen your fears, ease your pain and help you feel more in control of aspects of your life.

Counsellors and psychotherapists don't offer advice as what works for one person may not work for another. The therapeutic process offers us the unique opportunity to reflect and find ways of coping that work best for us and our current circumstances.

When choosing a counsellor or psychotherapist it is essential that you choose someone who is registered with at least one of the accrediting bodies, these include the BACP, UKCP and BPS. Choosing an accredited counsellor or therapist will ensure that you work with someone who is fully qualified, supervised and accountable.

I have extensive experience of working with individuals who are living with a wide range of difficulties including:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Relationships and sexuality
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Abuse
  • Childhood and adult trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Redundancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Changes in life stage
  • Family difficulties

    You can find out more about me from the About Me page.

    My North London counselling practice is located in East Finchley, N2, and in Kentish Town, NW5 . Both premises are a short walk from Kentish Town and East Finchley underground respectively.

    I am also within easy reach of Camden Town, Chalk Farm, Gospel Oak, Belsize Park, Hampstead, Holloway, Highgate, Dartmouth Park, Tufnell Park, East Finchley and Muswell Hill.

    If you are considering counselling or psychotherapy, but are not sure if it is right for you, we can arrange an initial consultation to discuss your concerns. An initial consultation carries no obligation to continue, though the usual fee will be charged.

    During the pandemic, a journalist and I have been making a podcast called How to Cope about how to get through some of the hardest aspects of the current crisis with our mental health in tact. Podcasts aren't a substitute for a course of therapy, but they can help us feel a lot less alone. Follow this link to find out more
    How To Cope Podcast

    Decades of research proves that the single most important contributor to successful therapy isn’t the therapist’s approach, but the client-therapist relationship. Therefore it is essential that you choose to work with someone you feel you can open up to.