I am an experienced, accredited humanistic psychotherapist who works with adults on an individual basis in North and Central London. My training was a rich experiential process of learning and growth at Spectrum, a London-based psychotherapy centre. Since starting my practice, I have continued to develop my work in ongoing professional groups over many years. I use a range of approaches, including Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Stanley Keleman’s Formative Psychology®. Read more about how I work.
I’ve worked in the statutory and voluntary sector in health and social care settings, community development, communications and consultation. This has included working with older people, people who have had strokes and people with HIV/AIDS. I originally went to art college and more recently have worked with art and design students affected by mental health problems and disabled students. As part of my training I worked as a volunteer at the West London Centre for Counselling, a free service for Hammersmith and Fulham residents.
I continue to have individual therapy to further my own personal and professional development. To ensure I work as effectively as possible, I engage in regular supervision with UKCP-accredited supervisors.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – this means I have gone through a rigorous process to meet its higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner. I work within the BACP Ethical Framework. and hold professional indemnity insurance.
I have completed six years’ core psychotherapy training, including the following courses:
- Oxford Cambridge and RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Spectrum Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Spectrum One Year Course in Psychotherapy
- Spectrum Post-Graduate Course in Psychotherapy
- Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced Sexuality
- Childhood Sexual Abuse – Occurrence and Prevention
- Reparenting Intensive
- Developing Clinical Skills
My interests as a psychotherapist
I’m curious about how we grow, change, come alive and influence our own experience. I am also interested in how you are in your relationship with both yourself and with others. I particularly love working with Stanley Keleman’s Formative Psychology® as a way of growing new possibilities for ourselves: for me, it’s a rich, profound philosophy and practice that can enable us to directly influence our experience and direction throughout the course of our life.
A key interest for me is how we can manage and appreciate difference in relationship. This could be difference of culture, perspectives, gender, for example. It also includes difference in our constitutional type, how we function, our pace or timing, or our day-to-day needs and wishes. It can also include difference in how we like to give and receive love and how we communicate.
While I work with people of all genders, I happen to work a lot with men. From my personal experience, I understand the factors, challenges and complexities involved in living our lives as men at this time, whatever our stage of life, background, sexuality or current situation.
Experiences, issues and people I work with include:
- Abuse and neglect
- Anger and rage
- Anxiety, worry and panic
- Boundaries, with ourselves and others
- Childhood sexual abuse
- Co-dependency and being overly-responsible for others
- End of life and death
- Grief, loss and bereavement
- Managing illness or disability
- Men and our emotional life
- Our relationships with ourselves and others
- Self-worth and self-esteem
- Sexuality and gender identity
- Shame, embarrassment and guilt
- Spirituality, meaning and existential dilemmas
- Stages of life
- Feeling stuck
- Transitions and change
- Work, stress and burn-out
I’m a gay man of mixed heritage who grew up in London, now in my fifties. I’m aware of the broader, increasingly turbulent, unstable context in which we are all living our lives: the climate and ecological emergencies, the increasing pace and influence of technology, increasing social and economic divisions and polarisation.
I know what it’s like to experience loss and grief having had someone close to me die. I’ve had to face my own vulnerability and mortality through the experience of a violent, traumatic attack. My experience is that engaging in therapy can be a key way in which we can grow and deal with often painful, life-changing experiences.
I have been drawn to working as a therapist through my own experience of psychotherapy, and bring with me a breadth and depth of life experience.
If you’re interested in working with me please email me to check my availability. I treat all contact between us as confidential from the start.