Perhaps you are going through a tough time and would like to speak with someone in confidence. Perhaps life is not great right now and you want support. Perhaps you just want someone else to listen to what is going on for you, to help you make sense of things. I would like to help you.
I am a person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist based in the Tooting area in Southwest London, United Kingdom (Tooting SW17). I also work online and by phone. I offer a safe, accepting, understanding, and non-judgemental space to help explore what is going on for you at your own pace. Such a space can be just what is needed sometimes. I offer an opportunity to speak by phone, online, or in-person to introduce myself and to answer any questions you may have. My contact information can be found here.
The Way I Work
My approach to counselling is the person-centred approach which belongs to the humanistic school of therapy and was founded by Carl Rogers, an American psychologist, in the 1950s. Having a genuine, understanding, empathic, and supportive person to speak with about issues that are troubling you can lead to improvements in self-growth, understanding, acceptance and overall greater awareness and flow within yourself. I view you as the expert and will work alongside you to facilitate your explorative journey in a respectful, loving, and non-directive manner. I believe in and I have experience of this way of working providing opportunity and space for real inner change and for the emergence of a more self-loving, self-confident, self-trusting, and self-aware way of being.
As an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I offer individual therapy and couples therapy and have experience of working with people from a wide range of backgrounds across a range of issues. I have experience of working with:
- Gay and straight men mental health
- Anxiety, stress and depression
- Relationship issues
I have significant experience of working in the LGBT community since 2000 in both the UK and the USA.
Training and Qualifications
I have successfully completed the following training courses:
Certificate in Counselling Skills (City Lit, London, 2014)
Diploma in Practitioner Counselling, Person-Centred Approach (City Lit, London, 2017)
Advanced Post Diploma in Person-Centred Couples Counselling (Counselling Works, Milton Keynes, 2018)
MA Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of East London, London, 2021)
Additional Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Training:
An introduction to Autism (Counselling Works, Milton Keynes, 2018)
Group facilitation (City Lit, London, 2019)
Equine Assisted Therapy (Sarah Paton Briggs, Wiltshire, and Sarah Urwin, Devon, 2016 & 2019)
Outdoor therapy (Sarah Urwin, Devon, 2019)
Trauma, the Brain and Recovery (MindBody Breakthrough, 2020)
Attendance at the Central London Person-Centred Encounter Group and the Milton Keynes Rogerian Group
I grew up in County Cork in Ireland in a farming community by the Atlantic Ocean and I am the youngest of 7 children. I have lived in France, the USA, and now I live in London in the UK. In the past, I have worked in the hospitality industry, construction industry, and also I worked with and studied horses. I have spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry as a clinical project manager and I continue this work on a part-time basis alongside my counselling and psychotherapy work. In addition, I also work as a counselling tutor and counselling student supervisor.
Session Fees and Availability
My session rates are:
£55 (individuals) per session
£65 (couples) per session
If you find you cannot afford the above rates please let me know as I have a limited number of reduced-rate sessions.
Each session is 50 minutes (outdoor therapy sessions are 60 minutes).
Availability update 02JUL2022: I have availability on Monday mornings and afternoons currently.
I work from my practice in Tooting Broadway in Southwest London. Tooting Broadway is nearby to Tooting Bec, Colliers Wood, Balham, Clapham, Streatham, and Wimbledon and well accessed by public transport. My practice is located in between Tooting Broadway underground (tube) station and Tooting railway station, about a 5-10 minute walk from each. Street permit parking is in operation from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Saturday.
My practice is on the first floor and is not wheelchair accessible unfortunately. If wheelchair accessibility is a requirement I would be happy to let you know of other counselling/psychotherapy practices in the local area which are wheelchair accessible, or alternatives can be considered as below.
Alternatives to the Counselling Room - Online, Phone and Outdoor sessions
In addition to indoor work, I also offer sessions outdoors. Outdoor therapy is a great alternative to indoor therapy, either as a once-off along with indoor therapy sessions or as regular sessions in their own right. If you are interested in outdoor therapy please let me know and I would be happy to discuss it with you further. The southwest London SW17 and surrounding areas have some lovely green spaces such as Tooting Commons, Wimbledon Common, Clapham Common, and Mitcham Common which are perfect for outdoor therapy.
I also offer sessions online (video calls), by phone and messaging - these can be very helpful if it is difficult for you to attend in person for any reason.