General Counselling, Cancer Counselling and EMDR Therapy by a Registered BACP Accredited Counsellor in Muswell Hill, North London
Welcome to the website of my Muswell Hill Counselling Practice.
I offer counselling in Muswell Hill, North London. I aim to establish a good, collaborative, working relationship with you by helping you to explore what has brought you to counselling and how your earlier life experiences and relationships may have affected you in the present. We can work together on what you would like to achieve through counselling.
I specialise in helping people cope with illness such as cancer, bereavement and trauma.
Why come for counselling?
Many men and women, at some point in their life, may experience stressful or upsetting life events and feel depressed or anxious or sad. Sometimes you may not be aware of a reason for how you are feeling.
You might be worried about a future event or have a difficult decision to make. Perhaps there is something in your past that is still troubling you.
You may be struggling to come to terms with a change in your life such as divorce or illness. Maybe you have suffered a loss or bereavement.
In these and many other situations it can help to talk with an impartial professional counsellor. You may find that it's easier to talk to an ‘outsider’ rather than friends or family about some issues.
It is important to find the right counsellor for you; someone that you feel comfortable talking to. I hope the information provided here will encourage you to make contact with me in Muswell Hill so we can see how I may be of help.
Some of the areas I can help with:
I am a Registered British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited Counsellor and a member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland.
I have worked as a Counsellor in North London since 1995 in the NHS, voluntary sector and in private practice.You can read more about me by clicking here.I also have many years experience in the field of oncology, originally working as a radiographer then later as a cancer counsellor, counselling patients and their relatives. I also worked for Mind in West Essex Counselling Service between 2014 and 2017 working with private and NHS IAPT clients. I currently work for The Lullaby Trust on a Tuesday in addition to my Muswell Hill private practice.
I have full Professional Indemnity Insurance.
I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy which can enable people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing or traumatic life experiences.Click here to read a recent article about how EMDR works. It can also be used to treat other symptoms and problems such as phobias and loss of confidence, for example, after a car accident.
I work with individual adults (age 18 and over). I am comfortable working with diversity in my practice and have counselled straight, gay and lesbian individuals. I am also willing to work with people from different religious communities.
I am willing to consider lowering my fees to those with low incomes for daytime appointments. I believe that counselling should be available to those who need it regardless of income.
Hamlet, Shakespeare .
Hamlet is the Shakespearian character with the largest number of lines. His lines are some of the most quoted from a psychological point of view.
I like this quote because of its relation to the ideas behind EMDR and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Things get overwhelming when you think that the threat of a challenge outweighs your perceived ability to cope.
I can help you identify unhelpful thinking patterns and work with you to challenge these thoughts and find more helpful ways of interpreting events.
As this quote suggests; if you change your thoughts about a potentially threatening situation, you can also lower your stress levels and increase your ability to manage difficult situations.
My practice is located in Muswell Hill N10, near south Friern Barnet within easy reach of East Finchley, North Finchley, Bounds Green, Wood Green, Crouch End, Highgate and most of North London. Some of my clients have travelled from further afield including Enfield, Stanmore, Northwood and Cricklewood.
My practice has excellent public transport links but you can park on the drive outside my practice if coming by car.