AHD Counselling

Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy designed to meet your individual needs

I am an experienced and professionally qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist offering support in North London and online.

As an integrative therapist I work in a Person Centred way, drawing from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and other modalities, depending on your individual needs. I also offer the option to work creatively and use art materials and movement in session as a means for expression if you wish to.

I offer a safe, confidential and supportive environment where you can explore and make sense of any challenges that you are facing. It is my belief that many of the behaviours and beliefs that urge us to seek help were once coping mechanisms that have outlived their usefulness.

Through dialogue, challenging, humour and willingness, therapy can allow for both client and therapist to explore more meaningful ways to live and meet life's challenges.

I know from experience the tremendous courage it takes to ask for help. I understand pain and the challenge of showing up for life when you feel overwhelmed. My offer is that you don’t have to do it alone.

I work in a LGBTQ+ friendly and sex positive way and welcome clients looking to address issues around sexuality and gender identity and those in A-typical relationship structures.

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About Me

I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London and a Certificate in Counselling Skills.

My experience is varied across several fields. I previously worked as a trainer, helping professionals from different backgrounds to support clients who identify as LGBTQ+. I have worked therapeutically supporting young carers and their families for several years and I hold an on-going consultancy post which includes delivering training on mental health awareness and co-production.

In addition to my professional training I have undertaken Continuing Professional Development in areas that I am interested in.

  • Working with Children who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties – East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Systemic family constellations
  • Motivational Interviewing – East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Making Sexual Health Matter – Shine
  • Anxiety management (Jack Hirose) – Working with anxious clients using T.E.A.M therapy
  • Substance Misuse training – LifeLine/RAPT
  • Sexual abuse and trauma training – Christiane Sanderson – Complex PTSD training
  • LGBTQ+ Mental Health Awareness – METRO Charity
  • Mental Health Awareness and service user involvement – Experts by Experience
  • Suicide and self Harm – RAPT
  • 12 Step Recovery/Treatment – RAPT
  • Anger, Rage and Relationship
  • Introduction to Somatic Experiencing
  • Somatic Trauma Training - Babette Rothschild
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (currently studying)
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FAQs

What is counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners, like myself, who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing. Therapy is time set aside by you and the therapist to look at what has brought you to therapy. You might use the time to talk about life events, (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. As a therapist, I will do my best to help you to look at your issues, and to identify the right course of action for you, either to help you resolve your difficulties or help you find ways of coping. Talking about these things may take time, and will not necessarily all be included in one session.

What do sessions cost?

I offer a 20 minute free phone consultation. If we decide to work together sessions are £80 for 50 minutes (evening) and £70 (day time - before 5pm). My practice is in North London in the Kings Cross/Camden areas and online sessions are also available.