I’m a Registered Psychologist based in London, using a unique approach I’ve developed over the last 20 years.
I believe that, each person is on an inner journey, so I have developed a way of integrating many approaches to psychology which I call Journeybuilding. When people find themselves feeling lost or in a difficult place, I see their therapist as a guide who can help them to get out of the hole they’re in and up to the next level in their life, towards where they want to be. As therapists I have three roles: companion, surveyor and tracker: I am a companion in that I’m here to listen and support you. But like surveyors, I’m also expert in my field, and I give you surveys to find out where your problems are, so I can help you get around or over those problems. And I’m a tracker: my job is also to read what’s happening right in front of us, in the room, in the moment, and to follow those intuitions and emotions where they lead.
Some therapists work mostly as companions and trackers: they listen and they track events in the session without much of a plan. But I prefer where possible, to survey what problems you have, and make a step-by-step plan. Of course, from week to week you will find yourself in different places emotionally, so I will necessarily end up jumping from topic to topic. But so long as we have a plan, we can make sure we’re heading in the right direction, and we can get to where you want to go as efficiently as possible.
To help us in the surveyor role, I use a software I’ve developed called Psycnav, which is like satnav for psychology: it displays the results from our surveys on a grid, to show where your problems are located. This is vital if you want an integrated solution to your problems. All too often, you’ll find specialists claiming that their treatment is the complete answer to your problems. But I find that people’s problems often have many levels: anxiety and depression may have a biological root in genetic susceptibility, which can be helped by dietary changes. It may have a root in internal conflicts between different sides of yourself. It may have a lot to do with your personal beliefs and habits. You may have relationship difficulties, or you may be living and working in a difficult social environment. So a complete solution may include medical, psychological, interpersonal, and social components.
I see my role as not just to offer you psychological therapy, but to provide you with insight into the structure of the difficulties you face, so you can find solutions not just in therapy, but also in other modalities, which may complement the therapy. With such insight will come more skill in recognising and formulating your difficulties, so that now and in the future, you will be quicker to recognise and faster to resolve any difficulties you face.
Areas of interest
I’m an experienced psychologist based in London, offering coaching, counselling and therapy using integrative change methods around a core Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) approach. I cover emotional difficulties, unwanted behaviours, and relationship problems both at home and at work.
My expertise includes Alcohol / drug dependency; Bipolar disorder (aka manic depression); Stress related disorders; Bereavement; Depression; Anxiety disorders; Eating disorders; Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Clinic Canary Wharf, London E14
I can also work with clients by phone and via Skype.