COVID - 19 UPDATE
I am currently providing all counselling sessions via phone & video link.
Be in touch if I can support you during this uncertain time, with flexible rates & session times and FREE support slots available to NHS staff plus discounts for Key Workers.
See below and view my BLOG for updates and Strategies to help during this time.
WHY A BALL OF WOOL?
I've selected a ball of wool as my logo because sometimes we might feel like we want to curl up into a ball and hide away from prying eyes. Sometimes there may be a part of us that feels we are being pulled or tugged in a direction that doesn't feel comfortable and we could begin to unravel. The different colours symbolise our changing moods.
When the above happens, it can be comforting to know someone is available to help support us. Someone who will listen without judging, offer their views with no hidden agenda and most importantly has the ability to allow you to be yourself no matter if that self wishes to cry, laugh,be angry or sad, sit in silence or rant.
We all have times in our life when things become overly stressful and often we manage and cope, though on occasion there can be too many things weighing down on us, our coping strategies cease to work and this is when life becomes heavy and everything starts to race out of control. The smallest thing turns into a massive issue and we may even think we are going mad! It can feel a frightening and lonely with no way out of the tailspin.
Choosing a therapist that you feel comfortable with and who has the expertise to help with your concerns is an important decision.
I am a Senior Accredited member of the National Counselling Society and also an Accredited member of the British Infertility Counselling Association and have been working within the counselling profession almost 20 years as an Integrative therapist. This means I use elements from different schools of Psychotherapy to best support the personalities of my clients. I divide my time between the voluntary sector and private practice and some of the venues where I have worked include GP surgeries, Hospices, Church halls, Primary & Secondary Schools, Offices and people’s homes. I have experience working with adults, teenagers and children from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds in both 1:1 and group settings.
MY AREAS OF WORK
Need help to achieve your goals in life? I use an array of communication skills to provide coaching services that give you the tools for success. In addition to 1-on-1 consultations and group sessions, I regularly host workshops and seminars for people who are interested in developing their own coaching techniques.
IN/FERTILITY, DONORS, PREGNANCY DIFFICULTY & CHILDLESSNESS
I trained with BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) and provide independent and impartial counselling support to a number of clinics, consultants and networks. I am one of the counselling team at the London Women's Clinic , The Bridge Clinic, The London Sperm Bank and The London Egg Bank and also offer private counselling to explore the implications or to support you through all stages of your journey, which can be an exhausting and confusing time.
If you are male, female, or non binary, single or in a relationship and have received a shocking diagnosis and/or considering Fertility treatment of any kind in the UK or overseas (inc IVF, IUI, egg freezing, using donor sperm/eggs or a surrogate) or thinking of becoming an egg or sperm donor or surrogate yourself please be in touch.
Donors, if you have been asked to be a known donor or have already donated outside of a clinic setting, be in touch if you wish to discuss the implications around this. Also if something has now come up for you after some time has passed and is weighing on you.
We can discuss the questions you have and also legal elements around anonymity including if/when and how to tell, if this is relevant to you.
I am very aware that men and women cope differently with many things in life, though especially with Assisted Conception and how the thoughts going round in your head, relevant to the treatment cycle you are going through sometimes require an outlet.
The impact of being childless (not through choice) can be huge and can reverberate through all aspects of your life. It can also bring up many previous losses, traumas and create feelings of shame or guilt or envy as well as many others (anger/sadness/loss). Please be in touch and we can sensitively explore what being childless means to you and the effects it is having on your life. We will work together to try and reconcile, develop strategies and find a way in order for you to move forward with this loss in your life, both for men and women, singles or couples for whom whilst there may be a togetherness, yet perhaps also an independent grieving that might be occurring and necessary.
GRIEF AND LOSS
I work with clients through many different situations and specialise in grief and loss, which encompasses bereavement, miscarriage, separation, divorce, loss of job or career, loss of hope, motivation and confidence, serious illness, loss of health or limbs, and infertility/childlessness.
Themes that tend to emerge through grief work include change and transition, identity, anger/stress and anxiety, self esteem, confidence, relationship difficulties, depression and seeking/discovering ways in which to live within a changed future and new beginning.
TRAUMA & PTSD
I am trained in the REWIND Technique and studied this under the guidance of the founder at the International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy. The technique delivers very swift results in eradicating nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety and panic which are involuntarily recalled due to triggers after a traumatic event such as an accident, attack, near death experience, abuse, witnessing of a tragedy, natural disaster, bereavement and other events that may have left a lasting effect that you cannot shake of or escape from.
This is different to counselling as it is a non disclosure method of therapy which means you do not need to verbalise or speak about the event if you don’t want to or are legally not allowed to (eg, military personnel). This also minimises the risk of being re-traumatised.
I have had great success helping people overcome their trauma/s very swiftly, with significant change often occurring after the first session. If you are suffering from the effects of a traumatic episode and wish to move beyond it, please be in touch to discuss how I may be able to help.
My ultimate focus in all work is supporting you to find balance, meaning and a new perspective to difficult events that may be occurring in your life.
This virus is generating a lot of uncertainty right now on so many levels, which for some is leading to loss (inc retraumatising of previous losses), panic, illness, stress, anxious thoughts, sleep deprivation, financial worries and lack of control amongst other things.
During this time you may find it helpful to offload and voice your fears in a safe & confidential environment and find helpful strategies for support.
I can support you via phone or video link, wherever you are in the UK/Globally and am offering flexible rates, times and session lengths to assist, including FIVE 30 minutes sessions, free of charge to NHS workers each week to enable you to unburden yourselves and be looked after.
SCHEDULE A SESSION
Fees and Term:
My work tends to be mostly short to medium term ranging from a single session to six - nine months and we would agree an appropriate amount of sessions during our assessment.
Fertility / Donor Counselling - £75 (a single session with an individual or £90 for a couple) to discuss a diagnosis you have received relating to yours or your partners fertility and the implications this might have for you, or if embarking on any fertility treatment inc Egg Freezing, Being a Sperm or Egg donor (known or bank), using donor sperm/eggs or a Surrogate and understanding the legislation and questions about anonymity.
Bereavement work we would normally meet for an initial assessment of 45 minutes. This provides us with an opportunity to meet face to face, allowing me to learn what is on your mind and for you to discover if my style is right for you.
If compatible, we would agree a contract that includes how many sessions and what time to meet, generally weekly for one hour at the same time & day each week.
Initial (Bereavement) Assessment Session: £50........................... Weekly sessions: £60 (£70 in central London)
Sessions are available face to face or via Skype / telephone if easier (overseas, not local, mobility issues / unable to travel).
Trauma Work (Rewind Technique) - £295 (inc up to 3 sessions)
Concessions are available for individuals on low income, benefits and students + NHS staff.
CORONA VIRUS concessions:
NHS STAFF - five staff each week can receive a FREE 30 minute session.
Other key workers - I'm aware teachers, supermarket employees, postal & delivery services and many others are working hard for us all and I have made available five additional 30-40 minutes sessions for £24 each (or 60 mins for £36). Be in touch to book these.
Private Medical insurance - I am registered with the following private health insurance companies and if you have a policy with them and the appropriate cover you may be able to claim back some or all of the costs of our counselling sessions (please check first with your policy/provider): Aviva Health, Cigna, Vitality and WPA.
For more information about the talking therapy I provide and to discuss an issue in confidence please use the contact form at the bottom of this page or call me directly on 07785 714 254 (please leave a message if you get my voicemail as I may be in session at the time of your call and will call you back). My direct email is email@example.com
I am based in the United Kingdom and offer face to face counselling in North London, Barnet, Hertfordshire and Central London. Skype or phone is possible for other areas. I am aware of the courage it can take to ask for help and how difficult it can be to reach out for support, as such if I feel I am not the right person to support you I will endeavour to help guide you to the correct person or organisation that will be able to.
Previous and on-going projects I have run, worked with and supported include The London Women's Clinic, Bridge Clinic, London sperm Bank, London Egg Bank, Harley Street Fertility Clinic, Andrology Solutions, Concept Fertility, Fertility Fest, The Fertility Show, Fertility Network UK, MIND / IAPT, Sour/Sweet, North London Hospice, Marie Curie, Think Family, Barnet Bereavement Service, GroOops and the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.
"Every negative event contains within it the seed of an equal or greater benefit"