Cognitive therapy in East Finchley, North London
I am a cognitive therapist with a private practice in East Finchley, 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 and schema therapy for adults and adolescents at my Highgate practice or via Skype; I also teach cognitive therapy to counselling trainees and write about mental health, psychology and wellbeing. I also teach mindfulness and cognitive therapy, as well as running workshops through my company, Calm Self Workshops.
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.
Schema therapy is a longer-term approach than standard CBT which is designed to help people with longstanding or hard-to-treat problems. It will be helpful if you have tried other approaches but nothing has worked; or your problems are very wide-ranging, affecting your work, relationships or family life.
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.
I also have a strong personal and professional interest in mindfulness meditation, especially 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 currently working towards advanced accreditation as a schema therapist and offer schema therapy for people with long-term or deep-rooted problems.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), an Associate Member of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (AREBT) and a Supporting Member of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).
Where I work
My private practice in East Finchley is based at 4 Bedford Mews, London N2 9DF. The practice is in a quiet mews just off East Finchley High Road and is easily accessible from East Finchley Station, which is a 10-minute walk. There is plenty of free parking just outside, apart from 2-3pm when it's pay-and-display. It is also well served by local buses including the 263, 143 and 102, and within easy travelling distance of many areas of north London, such as Highgate, Muswell Hill, Barnet, 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 write a blog for the Huffington Post and provide quotes on mental health and wellbeing for publications including the Daily Mirror, Sunday People, Scotland on Sunday, the Metro, Glamour, Healthy, Good Housekeeping, Love Sunday magazine, the Ecologist and Access; and radio stations such as the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC.
If you would like to contact me for help with an article, radio or TV programme, you can do so using the details below.