"for nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so"
An experienced integrative Cognitive Behaviour Therapist based in South London.
Prior to retraining as a therapist, I worked for many years in various roles within the private sector. A series of life changing events led me to retrain and follow my passion - helping people. I have a good understanding of the emotional difficulties individual's and couple's can face and how these difficulties can impact daily living. I believe everyone should have the chance to live their best life therefore this is the main focus of my work.
I am experienced working with individuals with psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety conditions (social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias), low self-esteem, relationship issues, stress, grief and loss, as well as other difficulties. I have worked successfully with clients from different backgrounds, cultures and religions, helping to relieve problems in an empathetic, compassionate and supportive way.
As a therapist, I see clients as unique and value their experiences. I believe you are an expert in your own life and with my help we can work on making sure you are better equipped to deal with any obstacles life may throw at you. Therapy sessions are tailored to each individual.
Is your relationship in need of a health check? Are you finding communication in your relationship is a problem that you would like to find solutions to? Are you finding yourself questioning what the future holds for your relationship?
Relationships can be tricky to navigate and all too quickly we can fall into patterns of thinking and behaving that are not helpful for a healthy and happy relationship. Demands and pressures of life mean we place less importance on our relationship and more importance on things elsewhere. However, we still have an expectation that our relationships will be happy, fulfilling and will stand the test of time. We can sometimes forget to ‘check in’ on how the relationship is doing and in turn we drift apart or drift further into conflict.
Whatever your relationship i.e. family, siblings, friends, couples, LGBTQI+, throuple, polyamorous, other, I can hold a space for you so that you feel heard, seen and can learn to work on having your needs met so that your relationship reaps the benefits. Working together we will explore and identify how your individual differences, values and needs in your relationship may differ and I will help you work on reducing conflict, improve communication, move towards better connectedness and intimacy so that together you will have the right tools to help you navigate the complexities of your relationship in our modern world.
After completing a Psychology Degree at Birkbeck University, I went on to train as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the College of Cognitive Behaviour Therapies.
In addition to my qualifications, I am committed to continued personal and professional development and regularly attend workshops and courses to continually bring enrichment to my practice.
- Certificate in Couple / Relationship Therapy (Level 5 COSRT)
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative CBT/REBT
- Advanced Diploma in CBT/REBT
- Diploma in CBT/REBT
- BSc Psychology
- National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)
Accredited Registrant (MNCS Accred)
- Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
HOW CAN I HELP?
With You Every Step of the Way
An integrative psychotherapist, specialising in one of the main pillars of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) known as Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). Working collaboratively I will help you to identify stressors and learn how to separate the stories you tell yourself from those that are genuine, find healthier coping strategies, and learn new skills and techniques on how to manage changes in your life effectively. By combining a variety of therapeutic approaches, I will help you to identify, challenge and change the unhelpful thoughts and behaviours you may have and I will support you to make positive and lasting changes in your life.
Working together in a non-judgemental, safe and supportive space, a variety of therapeutic approaches will be combined to help you learn new skills and tools which will ultimately enable you to become your own therapist.
Therapy sessions are designed to help you highlight any unhelpful thinking, attitudes or personal rules you have, that may be keeping you 'stuck', causing you personal distress or that may be leaving you feeling unfulfilled in your life.
A Happier, Healthier You
Here to help your relationship
MY FEES, PAYMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
Face to face and Online
Individual therapy - £70 per 50 minutes.
Couples therapy - £110 per 50 minutes
Payment can be made by cash at the end of the session or bank transfer prior to the session.
I reserve the right to charge for missed sessions and sessions cancelled without 48 hours’ notice.
Therapy is not always a linear process and therapeutic interventions can sometimes feel difficult and challenging. This forms part of the work. In order to help you with this change I use the following therapeutic approaches:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
A talking therapy based on the concept that our thoughts, feelings, actions and physical sensations are interconnected and that negative thoughts and feelings can keep us 'stuck' in a negative cycle. Through CBT, specifically Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), you will learn to change negative thinking patterns to ones which will be more helpful towards achieving a greater level of happiness. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety disorders and depression but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
Mindfulness can be described as knowing what is going on internally and externally with ourselves, each and every moment. It is about reconnecting with ourselves and our lives so that we can untangle any unhelpful patterns of stress and/or confusion we may encounter, which will help us engage with and enjoy our life right here and now, as it is happening.
Experience You Can Count On
GDPR & MY RESPONSIBILITIES
Your Privacy Matters - so here's how I comply to GDPR and ICO.
GDPR is an EU regulation that gives you stronger controls over your data and entitles you to be clearly informed on how it is stored and used.
I am registered with Information Commissioners Office (ICO) which means I am required to advise you of what data I collect, and how I intend to store it safely, and under what circumstances I am obliged to share it.
If you chose to email me with an enquiry, the information you provide is sent to a secure, password protected account which can only be accessed by Be Kind To Yourself Therapy. Should you decide to call, the information you leave is again password protected and only accessible to Be Kind To Yourself Therapy.
When we meet for the first time for your assessment session, before your therapy begins I will give you an Agreement document that explains how I keep your confidentiality. By us both signing this, it reassures you that I will be complying to new regulations, whilst you are giving your informed consent to having therapy with me and to my holding any personal information necessary for your therapy sessions. You are entitled to copies of all the information I hold on you, and once you have informed me in writing I have a month to present it to you.
Any personal information you give me will always be password protected and saved onto an external hard drive. Any paper information I keep is locked into a safe filing cabinet. You can discuss any of this more with me in our therapy sessions. All personal information provided will only be kept for the required time stated by my insurers.
Confidentiality is an important aspect of the therapeutic relationship and I adhere to the Data Protection Act (1998) and I am registered with the ICO, (Data Protection Reg. No: ZA301829). In your first session, we will discuss the legal limits to confidentiality in more detail but these include my obligation to clinical supervision and passing on a Christian name and contact number for you to be notified in a situation where I am unavailable.