My professional journey began in 2003, in acute in-patient hospitals supporting people with mental health and drug/alcohol problems, then moving to the NHS working in the community as a senior clinician in mental health teams, providing individual psychological interventions, group therapy and workshops. I spent many years as a Professional Lead and Senior Clinician, working in managerial and advisory roles alongside private therapy practice. I went on to practice as a CBT Therapist and Forensic Practitioner for the London Courts providing therapy for people, producing mental health assessments for Judges and writing pre-sentence reports. I have worked as a Senior Practitioner Trainer and Therapist, designing and teaching CBT to support people and their loved ones to overcome a range of mental health conditions.
Alongside my private practice in Kingston & central London, I also work in a London University supporting students with their mental health problems and people on the Autistic Spectrum and those with Asperger's. Coupled with this I consult to a Psychology practice in the City of London.
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy with Merit
London Metropolitan University
Oct 2006 - May 2007
Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
London Meditation Centre
April- July 2012
BSc (Hons) Degree Mental Health Nursing (RMN) with 1st Class Honours
London South Bank University
Sep 2000 - June 2003
Diploma in Teaching, Supervision, Mentorship & Assessment in Clinical Practice with Distinction
Sep 2003 - July 2004
BA (Hons) Degree Fine Art, Photography & History of Art with 2:1 Honours
De Mont Fort University
Additional Professional Development Training
CBT for Worry & Clinical Perfectionism, Undercover Strengths and Build Resilience with CBT, Clinical Reflection & Supervision, Overcoming Depression, Mastering Psychosis - living with and beyond voices and unusual experiences, Teaching clients Mindfulness Skills, Motivational Interviewing, Deaf Awareness & Sign Language Training, Recovery Training for Trainers, CBT for Anger & Irritability, Emergency Life Support, Mental Health Act Capacity Training, Safe Guarding Children & Adults, Beating Worry & Procrastination, Care Programme Approach (CPA), Solution focused Therapy, Emotional Regulation and understanding Self-Harm, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
I have extensive experience of supporting people, (including people under the age of 18 years - with no upper age limit), to overcome and master a range of mental health difficulties and emotional problems including, depression, anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, worry and perfectionism, anger and aggression, psychosis, personality disorders, self-harm, relationship problems, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol and work or life stress.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Helps you change the way that you feel, through making changes with how you think and your behaviour. Let's give an example, if a person feels really down or anxious, it's not that their thinking is wrong or bad, but it's likely that the person experiences very critical, worrying or negative thoughts. This in turn affects the way that they feel and what they feel able to do. I would help you find ways of thinking about yourself differently, supporting you to develop more balanced thinking. We all see the world through our own eyes, based partly on our past experiences. If our beliefs about ourselves as a person are not so good, then this can darken our view of the world, like putting on a pair of dark glasses. But it doesn't have to be this way, as you can learn to develop more positive beliefs. Often our problems get stronger because of the things we do, or don't do perhaps. Making sense of this and trying out new things gives you the chance to make real changes in your life and feel happier. CBT isn't a complicated kind of therapy and many people have found it so helpful for their recovery.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Has its roots in the far East, from ancient Buddhist practice; but you don't have to be a Buddhist or even have any beliefs to practice being Mindful. Mindfulness helps you to stay in the present moment and to accept yourself for who you are without criticism or judgment. Our minds can be filled with so much worry or anxious thinking or perhaps we feel stuck in the past, beating ourselves up with what could have been or what we should have done. You may find that you are really battling with your thoughts, or trying to push them away. In the end, this can make us feel much worse. It's as if our mind really does have a mind of its own. Before we know it, we can be left feeling so down, upset or angry, without truly understanding how we got to feel this way. Using a Cognitive Mindfulness approach you can learn ways to become mindful in your own life, from practicing different meditations and breath techniques, to learning more about the way that you think and feel. You will discover that you can slow your mind down and give yourself the chance to step aside from these loops of thinking. In doing so you give yourself the space to think about things differently and feel different.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Is based on the idea that trying to avoid negative feelings only makes things worse. If we can learn to accept these feelings, we can free ourselves from emotional pain. Accepting doesn't mean giving up, it means living life in the direction of who we want to be, what & who is important to us. It's about commitment to action & not getting stuck!
Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.
|Psychotherapy||In Person||£80 per 55 minutes|
|Psychotherapy||Online/Telephone||£70 per 55 minutes|
|Counselling||In Person||£80 per 55 minutes|
|Counselling||Online/Telephone||£70 per 55 minutes|
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy||In Person||£80 per 55 minutes|
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy||Online/Telephone||£70 per 55 minutes|
|Mindfulness||In Person||£80 per 55 minutes|
|Mindfulness||Online/Telephone||£70 per 55 minutes|
I also offer Therapy with Instant Secure Messaging and Skype, this can be helpful if it's difficult to travel to appointments. For Instant Secure Messaging you don't need to have any kind of special software, you can get in touch with me directly at www.therapywithpromise.com Each session can last for up to an hour, the fee is £60. How soon would I be able to see you? I will get in touch with you on the same day that you contact me. I am usually able to offer people their first appointment within the week. I would be able to see you during the weekdays and evenings and over the weekends and evenings. I also offer workshops and courses on overcoming Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar, Psychosis, Mental Health Awareness and Mindfulness. Anyone is welcome, whether you are experiencing these difficulties yourself or you care about and support someone whom is. I believe that therapy should be affordable for everyone, so I am able to offer a reduced fee for students, people on a lower income or those whom are receiving benefits.