Counselling / Psychotherapy in Hampton and Kingston
I am a qualified counselling psychologist in Hampton and Kingston-upon-Thames offering adult psychological assessment and intervention (individual and couple counselling or psychotherapy) for a wide range of mental health and adjustment problems including:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Depression and Low Mood
- Life Stress
- Adjustment Difficulties
- Bereavement and Loss
- Existential angst, Loss and Grief
- Low Self-Esteem and Confidence
- Relationship Difficulties
- Narcissistic Abuse /Emotional and Psychological Abuse
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Self-Harming Behaviours
I am trained to doctoral level in psychodynamic theory and principles, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), mindfulness and schema therapy. I work integratively, which means I am able to draw from various therapeutic approaches.
The 9 psychological therapies I integrate into my work are detailed below.
- Meaning-Based Therapy (MBT) main focus is on spirituality and finding meaning in life with the aim of improving the quality of life and psychological well-being.
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that mainly focuses on the present and future. CBT explores negative thinking cycles and beliefs and the way they impact our emotions and behaviour.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) also explores thinking styes, however the thoughts are accepted and then defused using a variety of techniques, which may include mindfulness practice, metaphors, language and narrative.
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan for people with borderline personality disorder. DBT deploys techniques such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness to help people manage self-destructive behaviours (self-harm,substance-misuse, and eating disorders) and to cope better with distressing emotions and situations. DBT helps people learn and select appropriate skills to either change, manage or accept situations.
- Schema Therapy integrates aspects of CBT and psychodynamic therapy. The primary focus in schema therapy is early maladaptive schemas, coping styles, modes and basic emotional needs.
- Person-Centered Therapy is a humanistic approach that works to understand personal experiences from the clients point of view. Essentially this approach helps people reconnect with their inner values and sense of self-worth.
- Existential Therapy looks at the meaning of life and the human condition. During therapy people are encouraged to face and discuss the ‘givens of existence’ (freedom, loss, isolation, death, meaning and meaninglessness). Emotional and psychological difficulties are viewed as inner conflict caused by an individuals confrontation with the life’s givens.
- Psychodynamic Therapy roots lie in the work of Sigmund and Anna Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Otto Rank and Melanie Klein. The main aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness. According to psychodynamic therapy, when memories and feelings are too painful to process by the conscious mind they are stored in the unconscious. As a automatic coping mechanism many people develop defences, such as denial, memory repression, regression, displacement and projections in order to prevent painful memories from resurfacing. According to psychodynamic therapy, these, often undetected defences cause havoc with interpersonal relationships as well as how we understand and view ourself . This approach uses talking therapy to explore early life experiences, as well as dream work, and hypnotherapy to help people delve into their unconscious and understand and resolve their desires, conflicts, urges and feelings.
- Life-coaching, a coaching psychologist will work in a solution focused way, providing training and guidance to help people reach a personal or professional goal.
Contact me on 07401 601915 for more information and to ask me any questions you may have.
Questions and Answers
What happens in the first few sessions?
We will begin by completing a psychological needs assessment. This will take place during the first few appointments. During the initial assessment sessions we will work to identify the nature of your difficulties, both now and in the past, we will identify the things that trigger anxiety, panic or sadness, we will also set your therapeutic goals, and identify your strengths and resources. During these sessions you will have the opportunity to get to know me and ask me questions about what I do. Our ongoing therapeutic work will involve us exploring aspects of your past and present. The overall aim is to help you process your memories and emotions and gain insight into your inner world (including your needs, insecurities, wants, hopes and boundaries). Once you have insight into the ‘clockwork’ of your inner world you will feel more empowered to intervene and make changes to it. During the course of therapy, I will also introduce simple , evidence-based and effective coping methods during sessions and ask you to practice the skills at home in order to help you manage your mood and anxiety.
Where will the sessions be?
I work from welcoming, comfortable, and accessible consultation rooms in Hampton, TW12 and Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1. The Hampton location is near Hampton village, Hampton train station, the 111 and the 216 bus routes. The Kingston consultation room is centrally located and near Kingston train station. There is free or metered parking near both clinics and good transport links to Teddington, Shepperton, Walton-on-Thames, Surbiton, Hounslow, Sunbury, Hampton Hill, Twickenham, and London Waterloo
How long is the first session?
The first session will typically last 1.5 hours. The following few assessment sessions may last up to an hour. Thereafter, sessions will be for 50 minutes.
How often will sessions take place?
Typically sessions take place on a weekly basis, on the same day of the week and at the same time.
What is the cancellation policy?
I require 24 hours notice if you need to cancel.
Length of Therapy?
How many sessions you have will depend entirely on your personal needs, your finances and the complexity of the issues you are experiencing. I offer brief-focused counselling which can be between 12-16 sessions or longer term open-ended psychotherapy.
Will sessions be confidential?
I adhere to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) code of conduct and the British Psychological Society (BPS) code of ethics and conduct which means I must respect and maintain therapeutic confidentiality. Yet part of my role also involves risk assessment and management. Therefore, if a client demonstrates immediate and significant risk to self or others I have a professional duty of care to protect my client and the public, which may involve notifying external organisations such as GP or police. This is very unlikely in private practice, and rarely occurs, however it is important for clients to understand the remits of professional confidentiality.
Please Contact me to arrange a free 30 minute telephone consultation or to schedule in a face-to-face therapy session.