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17th November 2018 
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Counselling /Therapy in Dalston and Haggerston, Hackney, North East London.


Welcome

I am delighted that you have decided visit my website. I hope that you will find the following pages interesting and enjoyable to read and that you will feel encouraged to contact me if you feel that I may be able to be of help to you. I do not have a waiting list, Please see "Contact" page for current vacancies.
I am a qualified and accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in Dalston and Haggerston in Hackney North East London. I have many years experience of working with people from different religions, ages and cultures. I have helped with a range of issues (please see page "About me").

Why Counselling/Therapy?

There are times in life when we all struggle. This can be triggered by a recent event, relationship difficulties, complicated early experience, or simply by being overwhelmed by a hectic life. Most of us know how invaluable a good friend can be during these times. However they may feel too close and we often don't want to complicate these relationships. As a therapist I am not a friend or part of your life, this distance can make it feel safer and easier.

Evidence points to how Therapy and Counselling is effective in helping people achieve a greater resilience and improved quality of life. Counselling/ therapy is not magical, I do not hold all of the answers and cannot change a difficult past! However, the process of sharing hidden, messy thoughts can be surprisingly powerful. This can begin to help you to disentangle them intellectually and emotionally, and helps to put them into perspective, leading to surprising changes – greater confidence and greater resilience in managing difficult situations and generally lead to a more fulfilling life.

What happens in a counselling/therapy session?

It is important to attend sessions on a weekly basis, this continuity helps to build a relationship with me as your Counsellor / Psychotherapist, this makes it increasingly possible to talk about things that may otherwise feel difficult to voice. This allows more significant change can take place. However, I am aware that this is not always possible to attend every week and want to make it work for you.

I aim to provide a safe space where it is possible to talk, and get to know you, about the things that cause worry and stress as well as those things you enjoy and give a sense of well-being and fun. As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist I provide a confidential, non judgemental space which is safe to talk about what is bothering you. I also generally find it helpful to hear about your past experiences as well as your hopes for the future.

What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

People often ask what is the difference between a Psychotherapy and a Counselling?
Counsellors tend to see people for shorter periods of time and often will choose to focus on a particular issue or event. Psychotherapists are trained to work at greater intensity, often seeing people up to three times a week. They will address the problems as well as the underlying causes.
In practice the distinction between the two can blur, according to the experience of the practitioner. I am qualified as a Counsellor, however my many years of experience has equipped me with the skills to work at greater depth when needed. My accreditation with the BACP is a recognition of this.

How do I choose the right Therapist/Counsellor?

Choosing the right Therapist/Counsellor is important. You must feel that you are able to trust and feel comfortable with the person so that you feel safe enough to talk honestly about what is distressing you. This will make your counselling sessions more effective.

Before you choose to work with me I suggest that you look through my website, if you like the sound of what I have to say, feel free to contact me with any questions. You are also welcome to come to an initial meeting with absolutely no obligation to continue.