Hello and welcome..

 

As a therapist who is both a counselor and a shiatsu practitioner, I understand personal health and well-being to be a holistic and integrating process that never ends and can be approached from various perspectives.  I feel passionate about a philosophy of care which treats people and not diseases, a philosophy that understands mind and body are a reflection of each other and that crisis, illness and failure, offer a great opportunity for authentic change and growth.

Professional Accreditation

British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP)  – Registered member (no.092902)

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Centro Português de Psicossintese (CPP)Associate member (Treasurer) – (Portuguese Association for Psychosynthesis) Shiatsu Society (UK)  –  Student Member

Some background...

While living in several countries, my journey to becoming a therapist involved many unique experiences. I began an entirely different career in consulting, marketing and charity; before life and seeming crisis helped me to find meaning in working with people as a therapist. While living in London, I completed a certified training in Counselling and Psychotherapy (specialising in Psychosynthesis), and began to work in several support roles. Over time I worked within education, community and corporate settings, but eventually also starting my own private practice in 2011.

Although fascinated by mental health, I quickly realised that my deeper interests lay in working not only with the mind but also the body, or more importantly the mind-body connection. This led me to pursue training in Shiatsu Therapy and Chinese medicine. A truly holistic approach to therapy which provides a framework for understanding how specific emotion and psychological functioning, is mutually dependent with specific physiological health and vitality.

Presenting Themes: Counselling
I have gained relative experience in a variety of themes which can naturally overlap. The following are examples of presenting issues bringing clients to therapy:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Abuse, harassment and manipulation
  • Alcohol or addiction(s)
  • Low self esteem / confidence
  • Bullying
  • Existential crisis
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Search for meaning and purpose
  • Creativity and blocks
  • Coaching / career counseling
  • Depression and sadness
  • Difficult emotions: (anger, anxiety, guilt, shame, etc.)
  • Spirituality
  • Significant life changes
  • Grief and loss
  • Loss of hope
  • Critical thinking
  • Child or adolescent relaated issues
  • Workplace issues
  • Relationships and attachment
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sexuality or sexual issues
  • Emotional or physical trauma
Therapeutic perspectives

Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy with Psychosynthesis 

Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy and Counselling, is one of several effective modalities or psychological approaches recognised by the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP). Often described as a “psychology with a soul”, psychosynthesis has wide applications and draws on several integral perspectives of mind, body and spirit.

Shiatsu therapy and TCM

Unlike western medical science, Shiatsu Therapy / Traditional Chinese or Oriental Medicine, incorporate a mind-body perspective and more person-centred approach to healing, versus a symptom, or disease centred approach followed in the west. These traditions tend to be more holistic or integral in nature, they work on the more subtle underlying patterns of disease; caused by environmental and emotional factors which can become chronic over time. Hence they can preventative unlike the Western approach to healing, which relies more on pharmacology and surgery to treat symptoms.

Mindfulness and meditation

 

Collaborations

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