About me and my counselling approach
I believe the relationship formed between yourself and your counsellor is fundamental to effective counselling. A good relationship allows you to feels accepted without being judged, supported and believed in. This kind of relationship provides you with confidence that heard and met as you explore the difficult issues, shame, anxieties or other issues in your life.
Therapy and counselling provides a safe and boundaried space for this kind of client/counsellor relationship to develop. A place you can use to explore how your world within is impacting your world without. Where you can gain more insight about how your self identity, relationships, shame, behaviours and the like are affecting your life. It enables self-discovery and can facilitate change.
My desire and aim is for people to enjoy living with "the whole of you in all of life", not governed by broken relationships, fear and shame. I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I blend a number of different theories and approaches. For those interested in technical terms, my way of working is mostly influenced by the person centred (humanistic) and psychodynamic approaches. I also draw on attachment theory and the transpersonal (spiritual) aspects of life.
I have specialist training in working with those affected by behavioural addictions, particularly sex and pornography addiction. This can include the individual struggling with the addiction themselves as well as family members (partners, adult children etc). I also have experience working with non-contact sexual offending that may have resulted as an escalation of the sexual addiction.
Sex addiction counselling
Are you experiencing anxiety or stress, some aspects of bereavement and loss or some other life circumstance that you wish to explore? Are you wanting to explore some aspect of your identity or sexuality, the impact of early developmental experiences or trauma? These are all issues that I have worked with and may be able to offer you some support.
I work with individual, adult individuals (above the age of 18)
I can see clients ether face to face, online via Zoom or over the phone. This means that I can work with most individuals wherever you may be in the world with a few exceptions. Most of my counselling sessions are between 09:00 and 17:00 UK time
Individuals wishing to see me face to face can do so in my counselling room in the Norbury / Thornton Heath area of South London.
Professional Training and Membership
BSc Hons (UCL, London)
MSc (University of Surrey)
Level-4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, accredited by the CPCAB
Further, specialist, Level 5 Diploma in Sex Addiction Counselling provided by the Institute of Sex Addiction Training (ISAT), accredited by the CPCAB
Level General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills awarded by ACTO
Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Registered Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC)
Member of the The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC)
Approved trainer by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)
Independent provider of workshops and trainings (CPD days) to therapist groups particularly on the areas of behavioural addictions, sex and pornography addiction, human sexuality and GSRD, shame and trauma
CPCAB approved trainer for the Institute for Sex Addiction Training (ISAT), trainer on the Level 5 Diploma in Working with Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder and Sex Addiction
Sex and Pornography Addiction and the Church. Accord (2023)
Pandemic Perspectives: When Sex gets out of Control - sex addiction in pandemic times. Mind & Soul Foundation (2021)
To report or not to report? - working with those viewing child sex abuse images. BACP Private Practice Journal, March 2020, p 18-21
The Pain of Sex and Pornography Addiction. Counselling Directory UK, (2020)
Media and Podcasts
Oct 2021 - Free Indeed podcast on pornography addiction for The Steward's Trust