I am based in Hampton Village TW12 , in the London Borough of Richmond. Currently, I have some availability, either face-to-face in Hampton or online, via the Zoom platform. Please contact me for more specific details of days or times.
so after an initial telephone or email conversation, I offer a first online consultation and assessment for a reduced fee. Then, if you decide that I am the right fit for your needs, sessions will usually take place on a weekly basis, at the same time each week, and last 50 minutes.
This is a space for you, and I tailor the work to your needs and what you want to achieve, so therapy might be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, with a fixed number of sessions agreed in advance (from 6 weeks to three months, for example) or it could be a more open-ended exploration, with regular reviews of how the work is going. Whatever you decide. But we will go at a pace that is right for you.
This may not be your first experience of counselling or psychotherapy, so you may have a particular expectation of how it will be, or you might be feeling apprehensive. Each therapist will work slightly differently ...
You don’t have to be. No artistic ability is necessary. It isn’t about producing a piece of ‘art’.
Responding to an image offered by me and seeing what it brings up for you, or choosing from a selection that reflects something of how you are feeling.
Playing with a tactile substance like clay can be surprisingly helpful in getting you in touch with your feelings or bringing up subconscious material from the past.
Making an image using miniature objects in a sandtray, moving things around and making changes, seeing what immediately stands out and what seems to want to remain buried can be the beginning of gaining some perspective and making changes in your life. It’s about looking at things in a new way.
Yes - working with puppets is not just for kids - adults can find them helpful too (although it can be challenging and take a bit of a leap of faith!). Just choosing a couple of puppets or objects to represent and explore aspects of your personality that feel in conflict or look at the different ‘roles’ you take on can be all it takes in terms of working with this art form.
There will also be paint, drawing or collage materials on offer for use, if we are working face to face but even if we are working on Zoom, there are still plenty of possibilities. Most people have access to pens, pencils and paper, you may have some playdough lying around and there are online ‘virtual’ sand trays we can experiment with. Clients have even created spontaneous images using objects they have around their home. Or you may be someone for whom music is very important, so we could use a particular song that has resonance for you as a ‘way in’ to exploring your issues or igniting a new sense of purpose or meaning.
I will never tell you what to do, although I may gently challenge you to question any rigid views you hold about yourself, your life path or the possibilities available to you. It is important to point out that therapy is not always a comfortable process. However, we will try to work through any difficult feelings together and I always aim to be non-judgemental and create an environment where you feel safe and supported.