Please email or leave a text/voice message with your contact details. Alternatively, you can click on the email box at the right-hand side of this page to fill out a contact form. You will receive a reply at the earliest opportunity, usually between the hours 9–6 Monday to Friday.
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Arranging an initial appointment:
You are under no obligation to book an appointment. However, if you would like to arrange one, please leave your contact details and I will offer you an initial consultation, where we will meet at my practice at an arranged time, talk through your concerns and decide together whether moving forward with me feels right for you. If you choose to continue, we'll agree on a regular time slot and number of sessions. A consultation is a one-off appointment with no obligation to continue.
Initial consultation: £50
Individual sessions: £65
Session are paid for individually, in cash or cheque, at the start of each session. With prior agreement, a block of sessions can be payed for in advance at a reduced price.
How long is a session?
Sessions are 50 minutes, and take place at the same time and place each week unless agreed otherwise.
How many sessions?
Counselling can be short term (4-12 sessions), long-term over an agreed period of time, or ongoing. This will be agreed between us at the start following consultation based on what feels suitable for your context, and reviewed intermittently as we go.
Where do sessions take place?
Sessions happen face-to-face in a safe, modern therapy room in north London. Occasionally, with prior agreement, Skype sessions are available.
What happens in a session?
I'm aware of the stigma around counselling and the frustrations that come with seeking help. Counselling is a private space to talk through what's going on in your life or how you feel without fear of repercussions. You remain the expert in your own life and we'll work together to find insights and options for yourself.
My style is warm and empathic, providing a safe space for you to talk. My aim is not to interpret or define who you are, but to support you to define yourself and what you want when you remove society's expectations out of the equation.
Sessions can at times feel spontaneous and playful, and other times much more reflective with dialogue, really giving you time and space to be heard. I may, where appropriate, incorporate creative experiments such as 2-chair work, drawing, dream work and visualisation exercises, but I work organically with what you bring to the session, without any fixed agenda.
Gestalt therapy was developed in the 1960s by founder Fritz Perls, focusing on here-and-now awareness and taking a more holistic approach to therapy. Often, it is not just what we say that can inform us about ourselves, but what our bodies are doing in relation to our words. We might talk about how happy we are, for example, but the tears in our eyes say otherwise; we could frown at the mention of a person's name even without realising it. In Gestalt therapy, we notice these micro physical responses and give them a voice. What are these unheard parts of ourselves trying to say? Through a process of curiosity and exploration, we get to the crux of underlying feelings and begin to build up a picture of our authentic selves.
"I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I,
and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful.
If not, it can't be helped."
—Gestalt Prayer by Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt therapy, 1969