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, relationship and parenting difficulties, anger management, a lack of confidence or low-self esteem, substance abuse, addiction and eating disorders.
Before specialising in the cognitive approach I first trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist, 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 also completed short courses in stress management, assertiveness training and a Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy from the Centre for Stress Management; and I am currently developing my CBT skills further with a Master Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the Skills Development Service, which also leads to accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
As a certified cognitive-behavioural coach I also offer a highly effective style of coaching based on CBT and approved by the British Psychological Society. I provide coaching for health and wellbeing, problems with confidence or a lack of self-esteem, as well as parenting and relationship difficulties and help making major life decisions such as career changes or retirement.
I am a member of the Association for Coaching and an associate member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework. I am also an affiliate member of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy.
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.
And I am the author of Bipolar Disorder: the Essential Guide. It's written for anyone who has either recently received a diagnosis or is concerned they might have bipolar – and, crucially, for their friends and family too, because the illness can be extremely tough on everyone concerned.
I also 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.