Psychotherapy and Counselling in Ealing Broadway W5 2NR
I am an experienced and approachable psychotherapist, based in West London with UKCP and BACP accreditation.
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During this difficult time I am working with clients via the internet and phone in addition to face to face.
This is a time when many of us are experiencing difficulties we have not faced before, including feelings of isolation, stressful relationships and uncertainty about the future. If you have a need to speak to someone, are feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, have concerns about your relationships or mental health please contact me. I provide a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space where we can work collaboratively to address your needs, explore your concerns and develop ways to make the changes you seek.
Having worked as a psychotherapist and counsellor in Ealing and West London for over 12 years, I have a wide experience of supporting people of all ages and backgrounds. I have successfully helped people with many issues including anxiety, depression, stress, anger, relationship difficulties, panic attacks, bereavement, OCD, phobias, emotional abuse, family and work issues, bi-polar disorder, personality disorders, lack of confidence, low self esteem, concerns with sexual identity and gender, trauma and more.
The current pandemic has made this a very difficult time for many of us, often bringing to the foreground anxieties and fears we were previously able to ignore or minimise,
Working with a psychotherapist or counsellor helps you see things in a new perspective and gives you support through difficult times. Psychotherapy can help you to identify the underlying processes, past events and experiences that may be influencing the way you are currently feeling and dealing with the world. Psychotherapy and counselling can give you a space to explore your concerns and can support you towards a more effective way of coping. A professional psychotherapist can reflect an objective view that is not always possible with friends and family. Seeking outside support may feel daunting and initially it may take courage but it will be the first step to a more fulfilling life.
Psychotherapy and Counselling in Ealing Broadway W5 2NR
My psychotherapy and counselling practice is conveniently located in comfortable,spacious premises in the centre of Ealing Broadway W5 2NR. It is directly opposite Ealing Broadway tube station in the heart of Ealing, and overlooks the trees on Haven Green.
During these difficult times I also offer psychotherapy and counselling through the internet via Skype, Zoom, Facetime, Signal and WhatsApp, or via the telephone. However, should you wish for face to face therapy my room is spacious and allows for a 2 metre distance between myself and my clients. It has large windows which can be opened and the room is only used by myself and my clients. Hand sanitiser is provided.
My location is highly accessible for anyone seeking a psychotherapist or counsellor in West London. There are excellent transport links (bus, underground and overground) to surrounding areas in West London including Ealing, Northfields, Hanwell, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Brentford, Hounslow, Kew, Northolt, Perivale, Richmond, Ruislip, Southall, Greenford, Shepherds Bush and Acton. In addition to public transport there are several car parks nearby including Springbridge Road and Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre. Some of the nearby streets have free parking.
It is a perfect location for anyone seeking a psychotherapist or a counsellor in West London.
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My Approach to Psychotherapy and Counselling
As an Integrative Psychotherapist my approach focuses on meeting the unique needs of each person I work with. The same approach does not suit everyone and according to your needs, circumstances and concerns, I draw on concepts from a range of theories and domains, including relational, neuroscience, humanistic, developmental, person-centred, psychodynamic and existential. I may also draw on techniques from CBT and mindfulness, and I draw on my own life experience. However, my focus first of all, is looking at the unique needs and experiences of you, my client, theory is secondary to that.
Most importantly, as an Integrative Psychotherapist, I am aware that change comes about within the context of the relationship between myself and my client. Mutual trust, confidentiality and respect are paramount if therapy is to be successful.
Psychotherapy is not about giving people solutions and telling them what to do, it is about working together in order to identify the underlying processes and issues that must be examined and addressed for change to take place . It takes commitment and courage and it may not always be easy but ultimately will make a really positive difference, leading to greater self acceptance and self worth, a stronger sense of well-being and a more rewarding way of living.
I work with individuals, adults of all ages and young people, and offer both long and short term therapy. Sessions are for 50 minutes and in most cases take place at the same time each week. I am available during the day, including Saturdays, and in the evenings.
Contact me via the email link, by phone or text 07762138014 if you are feeling anxious, stressed, depressed or have relationship difficulties or other concerns and are looking for a counsellor in West London or psychotherapy in Ealing, Acton, Chiswick, Brentford or Ealing
What is Integrative Psychotherapy?
There are many different approaches to psychotherapy and all are successful to a greater or lesser extent. The Integrative model is based on research which shows that the single most important factor for a successful outcome for therapy a relationship between the client and the therapist that is based on mutual trust and confidentiality. It is through the safety of that relationship that the process of change emerges. This concept underpins the Integrative model which is led by the needs of the client rather than by the dictates of a particular theory. It requires a coherent therapeutic relationship offering flexibility and responsiveness to the client and the context.
The Integrative model also acknowledges the wealth of expertise and knowledge from other modalities and draws on concepts from a range of different theoretical approaches including Humanistic, Person Centred and Existential. More importantly, the Integrative approach sees a sense of well being arising from an integrated sense of self whereby emotional, cognitive, behavioural, somatic, spiritual, social, cultural aspects may all be taken into consideration. All the different aspects of the self are acknowledged and respected.
My Experience as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor
I completed my post-graduate training in psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute which has an international reputation. I continue to keep abreast of current developments through regular CPD workshops, seminars and lectures.
I have extensive experience of working with clients from many different backgrounds, bringing a wide range of concerns, including stress, relationship issues, lack of confidence, anger, bereavement, anxiety and depression. I have worked in many settings including the psychotherapy department of a London teaching hospital, charitable institutions, organisations for young people and adolescents and within mainstream and special school settings. I now focus exclusively on my private practice.
I have also had experience of working with a Crisis Intervention Team within a Mental Health Trust.
Prior to Becoming a Psychotherapist and Counsellor
I have a background in psychology, a subject that has been a life long interest of mine. Prior to my training as a psychotherapist and counsellor I had a career for many years in the field of education. I worked with children and young people with learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties, including anxiety, ASD, ADHD, depression, early trauma and problems with relationships.
Through this experience I gained an understanding of the importance of early development and, in particular, the impact early experiences can have on later life. It also gave me a profound belief in human resilience and a strong belief in our capacity for change, throughout our lifetime.
I am confident that my life experience beyond the psychotherapeutic setting has enriched my practice and my understanding of the many difficulties we may face in life.
Feeling Unsure About Seeking Psychotherapy or Counselling?
Some people are worried that seeing a psychotherapist or counsellor implies something negative about themselves and is in some way shameful or a sign of weakness. However, I firmly believe it demonstrates the ability to take care of oneself in a very positive way.
Few of us hesitate to seek medical help when we have physical symptoms and we tend to encourage those close to us to do the same. It is just as important to take care of our emotional and mental well-being and to seek professional help if we are depressed, anxious, stressed or feeling overwhelmed by what is happening in our lives. It can be the first and most important step towards a better future.
During our first session we can discuss your concerns and what you would like to achieve and you can decide if you feel comfortable working with me.
Some time ago I was approached to give my reflections on the increasing levels of depression, anxiety and stress and was cited in the Huffington Post as follows
During the current Covid crisis this is ever more relevant.
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life."
Love after Love Derek Walcott