My private counselling practice is called At Peace Counselling. I chose this name for my practice, because of a definition of peace that I came across some time ago that resonated with me.
PEACE – IT DOES NOT MEAN TO BE IN A PLACE WHERE THERE IS NO NOISE, TROUBLE OR HARD WORK, IT MEANS TO BE IN THE MIDST OF THOSE THINGS, AND STILL BE CALM IN YOUR HEART.
My practice is based in locations at Friern Barnet and Harley Street. My aim as a counsellor is to help my clients to get to the place where they feel at peace with themselves so that they feel better equipped to manage the complications that everyday life can throw at all of us. I’ve worked with clients who are struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, work related stress, relationship issues, childhood issues, bereavement, domestic violence, emotional/physical/sexual abuse, depression, OCD, anger, bullying etc.
Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling March 2010
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling March 2011
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling March 2014
I am a registered member of the BACP and so am bound to work within the ethical framework set out by them. I demonstrate empathy, congruence and unconditional regard for my clients as their right and I keep an awareness of any judgements I may have to, explore either personally or with my supervisor. At the forefront of my practice, my client’s concerns and well-being will always come first. I am respectful of their process and journeys, strengths and limitations. I collaborate with my client as to how best they would like to work and I always emphasise their agency in their sessions while respectfully challenging any limiting thinking. I’m also aware of my own limitations and try to be as honest as possible in areas that I may not know.
I have always had a great interest in people and what makes them tick. Over the years I have recognised that I have a real ability to put people at ease and I have an openness (I’ve been told) that makes it easy for people to engage with me. I observe body language and listen both to what is being said and what is left unsaid. I note when someone’s voice catches or they may be fiddling with an earring and mentally file these details away to observe patterns of behaviour or speech. I may use humour (where appropriate) to put my clients at ease while understanding that not everyone is comfortable with humour . I adapt to my clients pace and limitations so that the client knows there is no pressure to be anything other than who they are in the moment. I’ve learned not to interrupt if a client seems to have gone off topic as this can sometimes be the only way they can approach a subject that may be painful, uncomfortable or
embarrassing for them. I take written notes after each session as I find that when writing things by hand, I may pick up on something that may have gone unnoticed in the session and where appropriate I can bring that back into the room on another session. I am also able to sit with a client in their pain or discomfort without trying to “jolly” them out of the feeling as this could be something very new to them, being allowed to feel the way they feel with no apology.
Monday morning/afternoon at Friern Barnet
Friday morning at Friern Barnet
Friday evening in central London
Friern Barnet £60 per hour (students £40 per hour)
Central London £85 per hour