Are you feeling anxious, depressed, having problems with your relationships? Or perhaps you're snapping at everyone or relying too much on alcohol to get through the day? Or is there a deeper issue in your life? Maybe you feel lost, lonely (even if you are in a relationship), or don't feel you know who you are. Whatever the problem, there's no need to suffer alone.
I know it's a big step to come to counselling - I've been there myself! And how scary it can be to trust a complete stranger with your innermost thoughts. My aim is to make you feel safe, heard and understood and I will listen to you in a warm and non-judgemental way. I don't give advice - instead, I will encourage you to explore your worries more deeply so that you can understand yourself better. We often don't realise how stuck in our ideas we can be, or that we are repeating the same unhelpful behaviours again and again.
This is a time for you - where you can talk in complete confidence.
Issues I can help with include:
I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and I abide by their Code of Ethics.
Contact me now for a free confidential chat:
t: 07906 576167
I promise I will get back to you!
I work in Chessington and Surbiton:
Chessington - The Surrey Centre for Natural Health, 9a Mansfield Road, Chessington, KT9 2PJ. Free street parking. Times: Mon-Fri between 8am and 7pm.
Surbiton - 96 Ditton Road, Surbiton KT6 6RH. Free parking in road opposite. Times: Tues 8-10am and Wed 5-7pm only.
This depends on how complex the issues are that you're facing. Many people find an improvement in 6 to 12 sessions, while others choose to come for much longer.
Each session is 50 minutes. You usually come once a week, at the same time on the same day, although I will always aim to fit in with your schedule.
Good question! Sometimes, not a lot. But counsellors tend to see people for a shorter time (up to 12 weeks) than psychotherapists, who may see clients for many months, sometimes years.
No! People sometimes think counsellors can read minds. We can't! Counsellors encourage you to talk openly about your worries, fears and concerns so you can live a happier, more fulfilled life.
I spent over 20 years in the fast-paced world of Public Relations and Journalism, working in London PR consultancies. Eventually I burnt out and took a career break to study for a university degree. I then worked in mental health, setting up and running a number of service user groups in mental health and addictions. I have also worked as a tutor at the University of Surrey. My own mental health issues led me to receiving many years of therapy. It was this that sparked my interest in training to be a counsellor.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a change in legislation about how I collect and store information about you. I am registered with the IOC (Information Commissioner’s Office) which means I have agreed what information about you I collect and how I use it. Their register is available to the public and you can access it here: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/what-we-do/register-of-fee-payers/