Cognitive therapy in Highgate, North London
I am a cognitive therapist with a private practice in Highgate, North London. I can help with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, phobias, relationship and parenting difficulties, anger management, a lack of confidence or low-self esteem, panic attacks and agoraphobia, substance abuse, addiction and eating disorders. I offer cognitive therapy for adults and adolescents at my Highgate practice or via Skype.
Before specialising in the cognitive approach I first trained as a counsellor, with a three-year counselling diploma at the Psychosynthesis Trust, followed by a one-year Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling at Regent's College. I later added a Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Coaching from the Centre for Coaching. This style of coaching is based on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and was my introduction to cognitive therapy – a proven, highly effective approach I have specialised in ever since.
I have completed courses in stress management, assertiveness training and a Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy from the Centre for Stress Management; I have also completed a two-year Master Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the Skills Development Service. All of these courses are approved by the British Psychological Society.
I have received specialist training in providing CBT for children and adolescents from the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, one of the world's leading centres of expertise in CBT research and training.
And I have a strong personal and professional interest in mindfulness meditation, espcially mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). I have maintained a daily mindfulness practice for a number of years and my training in mindfulness-based therapies is ongoing. I use mindfulness techniques with many of my clients, as they are so helpful for a wide range of problems.
I am a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and an associate member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Where I work
My private practice in Highgate is based at The Summit Consulting Rooms – in the heart of Highgate Village, at 40 Highgate West Hill, London N6 6LS. The Summit is easily accessible from Highgate, Archway, Kentish Town and Tufnell Park tube stations, with plenty of free and pay-and-display parking nearby. It is also well served by local buses and within easy travelling distance of many areas of north London, such as East Finchley, Hampstead, Hendon, Golders Green, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Islington, Crouch End, Belsize Park, Holloway, Archway, Tufnell Park, Kentish Town, Camden, Euston and King's Cross.
Before retraining as a therapist I was a health journalist for over a decade. I provided features about health, fitness, psychology and parenting for various newspapers, magazines and websites including the Independent, Guardian, Observer, Men's Fitness, NHS Choices, Saga magazine and many more. I also wrote a book, Bipolar Disorder: the Essential Guide, which taught me a great deal about mental health problems and how they are treated. I see this, as well as my years of health journalism, as part of my training to be a psychotherapist – it provided an excellent foundation for the various formal counselling and psychotherapy trainings I later completed.
As well as the blog on this site, I now write a blog for the Huffington Post and provide quotes on mental health and wellbeing for publications including Glamour, Healthy, Good Housekeeping, the Daily Mirror, Metro and the Ecologist; and radio stations such as the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC.