The centre of our universe is where we live
I was born in England in 1961 and grew up in the gritty east end of London. My parents were both Greek Cypriot immigrants and i had three older siblings. After School, i went to college and studied Psychology before going onto University to gain a degree in Counseling Psychotherapy. I spent 4 years working for a local authority as a junior therapist working with young people and adults in Crisis. After this, I also gained my qualification in Social Work. I went on to work for Social Services offering support to both foster carers and children in the care system.
After gaining a wide range of in-work training I became the director of a National UK Charity that specialised in Crisis intervention providing therapeutic intervention and services to Adults and young people. My final role was as a director of a National UK company that specialised in crisis and trauma intervention.
I have been involved in private practice as a consultant psychotherapist, coach, and mentor for over 15 years. I organise workshops and training for a range of methods including mindfulness, CBT, DBT (to name a few)
I have a wide range of therapeutic qualifications and over 25 years of experience providing therapeutic strategies for Adults and Young People.
I support adults and young people experiencing depression, anxiety, abuse (past and present) Trauma and especially those experiencing a crisis brought on by past memories or current life events. I specialise in helping my clients develop strategies that enable change of habits and environments leading to happier more fulfilled lives. I have worked with clients with a wide range of personality disorders.
I am also a qualified life coach and mentor.
It's incredibly hard to see a way forward through a crisis or a trauma. When unresolved past experiences lurch up from the past and dominate the present. For those around you, it can be disturbing and frightening, especially when at times we have lost control or broken down. Only you know the voice inside you. When you are experiencing a deluge of emotions and reactions to things that others seem to brush off when you lose control or feel overwhelmed i can offer a safe space where you can begin to unravel the reasons and feelings that surround you.
I can offer a non-judgmental environment and begin working with you towards finding a happier you. I say work because its the two of us working towards the best outcome. I take time to listen very carefully to what is going on for you, i take time to work through the best options I can offer for treatment and I can offer you my commitment and support both during and after treatment. I can offer one to one support and also connect you to my group sessions if it's appropriate for you.
I will provide information and resources specific to support what you are experiencing and my focus is to make sure you are fully informed and knowledgable, that you are connected to the most current information available.
It's also important to say that I don't offer support to everybody that contacts me. The first session is always free so we can check out if we fit, to see if I can help you. It's also important to state that I'm not a Psychiatrist and if you need that kind of intervention I will recommend appropriate contact.
We make an appointment either in person using SKYPE or on the phone. We will share your story and talk through some initial options. I will then prepare a program of treatment and sessions that we will chat through. Once it's all understood we begin treatment. Once we begin you will have contact options. As well as our weekly or bi-weekly sessions you will be able to text or message me if you need to, especially important during the start of the program.
We will have regular reviews and feedback so we can make sure the treatment plan is working and make any changes. Therapy is a dynamic process so we need to be flexible in our approach.
The best outcome is that you walk back into your life happier, positive and energised. Within the program, there are elements of training so that you are better able to navigate and understand the way you think and be in much better control of your emotions and reactions. It should feel like you have gained a tool kit for navigating your whole life. For some people, it's like finally having the code that explains how you got to where you are and how you get to where you want to be.
This is the hardest part for many. The first step. Connect to me and request an appointment. There is no cost for the first session. There is no risk. Every discussion is in absolute confidence. I will never share your story, name or information with anyone.
I hope that all helps to clarify who I am, what the process is and how easy it is for you to make a start on getting better and feeling better. Get in touch now and let's begin.
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