Clinical Psychologist providing therapy in
Crouch End & North London
Crouch End & North London
Struggling with our feelings, or with patterns of thinking and behaviour, is an inevitable part of life, whoever we are and whatever we do. It is nothing to be ashamed of, it is part of being human.
Although we can't avoid painful feelings and experiences, we can choose how we deal with them. I see seeking therapy not as an admission of failure, but rather as a brave step, a move towards trying to understand oneself more fully and towards trying to take more control over how one lives one's life. Therapy can help us all, whether we are just feeling a bit stuck in a particular area of our life, or utterly overwhelmed and unable to function.
I was a Psychologist within the NHS for over 12 years and I gradually moved further into private practice. I now run my own psychological therapy practice in Crouch End. As a Clinical Psychologist I have skills in a range of different psychological therapies and I tend to work by drawing on different models depending on what seems most helpful for a particular person at a particular time. My main areas of interest and further training are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) , Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).
Whilst working within and outside of the NHS I have helped a number of people with a wide range of difficulties.
Examples of some of the difficulties I work with as a psychologist/therapist include:
- Anxiety, including, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive and generalised anxiety disorder
- Trauma, traumatic experiences and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Difficult childhood experiences
- Experiences that are hard to overcome, such as the end of relationships or problems at work
- Self-defeating cycles, such as low self-esteem, self-harm and self-sabotage
- Depression, both short and long-term
- Relationship problems, building and maintaining relationships and balancing your own and others' needs
- Eating difficulties and problems with body image
- Bipolar disorder or difficulties managing mood and patterns of behaviour
- Bereavement and finding meaning in life after the loss of a loved one
- Addiction and other behaviours that damage both the self and other people
- Sleep problems
- Or... you may have no "name" for your difficulties, yet experience intense feelings such as anger or guilt, or you might feel confused, stuck or empty
The task of finding the "right" therapist can feel extremely daunting and is a very personal choice. I believe therapists need to be deeply committed to doing their best to understand and help their clients. I think they need to bring a warmth and resilience to their work and the ability to introduce new and sometimes challenging ideas, from a position of care and respect. I am dedicated to working in this way and believe that it is through a genuine connection between two people that the therapist's skills and techniques can be of benefit.
Completing a clinical psychology doctorate means that I have been trained in the key models of therapy known to be helpful, and also in the theory and research that underpin them. However, this does not mean that therapy is "done to" you. Just as no two people with "anxiety" are the same, we would need to develop the best possible understanding of you and your unique needs, strengths and struggles. The therapeutic approach and strategies most suited to you can then be used.
My therapy practice is in Crouch End, which is easily accessible from Muswell Hill, Finsbury Park, Highgate, Hornsey and surrounding areas of North London. Crouch End is on a number of bus routes, the W3, W5, W7, 41, 91 and 210.