Psychotherapy Partnership SW1 offers individual therapy,
couples counselling, group therapy and the Safe & Sound Protocol, online and face-to-face, in Central London.
At some point in our lives, many of us find that we need a little extra help. Often it's a feeling of being stuck and not knowing how to move forward, whether that's in a relationship, at work, with family issues, parenting, even bereavement. Or we might be struggling with depression, anxiety, or unhealthy behaviours. Sometimes it's just about having someone impartial and non-judgemental to talk to. Whatever it is, we can offer you Polyvagal-informed Transactional Analysis psychotherapy and counselling to help you address the issues you're facing and take back control of your life.
Before committing to therapy, we offer a free 30 minute consultation so we can meet one another, answer any questions you may have, and talk about how we might approach the issues you want to address.
People seek therapy because they want to change something. It might be the way they feel or the way they behave; it might be how they believe other people see them, or how they see themselves. It might be the things they think about or dwell upon, or the way they get on with others. Whatever it is, individual therapy gives them a space to talk about what it is they want to change and learn how to bring that change about. A space that is safe, confidential and non-judgemental.
The therapist is your partner on your journey towards change. Someone you can discuss your direction with; a second pair of eyes to see things from a different perspective. Your therapist is also a highly-trained professional who can provide you with the insights to make sense of your experience and the tools to deal with whatever the future may bring.
In a safe environment, in the presence of a compassionate, non-judgemental facilitator, couples are able to address the issues they may have found impossible to talk about in a one-to-one setting with their partner. The issues may be external: infidelity, infertility, financial, substance abuse, problems with in-laws or the extended family, or they may be relational: communication problems, feeling unseen or undervalued, boredom or a lack of excitement, sexual dissatisfaction or diminished attraction. And of course, relational problems may have been the cause of the external ones, and vice versa.
We will identify where the problems lie, what are the aims and wishes that each partner has for the relationship, and we’ll develop a strategy to achieve those aims. This often involves learning new skills of observation, and listening and expressing needs openly, honestly and directly.
At the heart of group therapy is the idea that human beings are fundamentally social beings, whose lives are inextricably linked with others. Most of the issues we face as individuals (such as stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship problems, family difficulties, loneliness and loss) occur in a social context, which makes a group the natural setting in which to offer therapy.
In the safe and supportive atmosphere of the group, members can address a wide range of personal issues. It can also be very therapeutic to see oneself through the eyes of others and to participate in the therapy of other group members.
I hold an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and have extensive experience in both the private and public sector, working with individuals, couples and groups.
I work with a wide range of clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds. They may be struggling with relationships bereavement, depression, anxiety including obsessive-compulsive disorder, stress, or be adult survivors of childhood abuse. I also have specialist training in working with eating disorders, particularly overeating and binge eating, and I am keenly interested in new research looking at the role of nutrition in psychological disorders.
My aim is to help my clients create real change in their lives, whether that is about addressing what is going on inside themselves or in their relations with other people, or both. I use the widely accessible theories of Transactional Analysis, such as ego states, psychological games, life scripts and emotional hungers to help my clients better understand themselves and other people. I also use principles from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and Mindfulness so that I can adapt my approach to the individual needs of my clients.
I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am also registered with The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis.
I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, working in private practice, offering short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy. I work extensively with relationship and work-related issues: anxiety, depression, anger-management and self-doubt. In my practice, I combine the principles of Polyvagal Theory; the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP); Redecision Therapy and Classical Transactional Analysis - which for me is summed up by the following quote from TA's founder, Eric Berne: "Get well first and we'll analyse it later if you still want to."
Having lived with undiagnosed ADHD for most of my adult life, I am particularly interested in working with neuro-diversity, especially people who think (or who have been told) they may be on the autistic spectrum. I am very familiar with the coping strategies that those of us who are not neuro-typical have to employ to counter the feelings of being different or of being unable to do things that other people seem to be able to do without any effort - and how isolating that can be. Anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and problems with relationships are a common consequence of being neuro-diverse in a neuro-typical world.
I hold a Post-graduate diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and I am a certified SSP Provider; I am a member the Berne Institute, UKATA, and a trainee therapist member of UKCP. I operate within the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice of each of those organisations.