I am a Cognitive Therapist and Advanced Accredited Schema Therapist with a private practice in East Finchley, North London. I can help with a wide range of issues including depression, problems with panic and anxiety, difficulties related to trauma in childhood or as an adult, problems in relationships or with parenting, personality problems, anger management, substance abuse, addiction and eating disorders. I offer schema therapy at my East Finchley practice.
I am also the founder of Schema Therapy Skills, which provides training workshops at my large, comfortable office in East Finchley. These workshops focus on specific skills from schema therapy that are extremely useful for and applicable to therapists working in other modalities. They run as either one- or two-day workshops and group sizes are small (maximum six people), so there is plenty of time for questions, discussion, skills practice and help with therapeutic challenges and your most difficult cases. I also lecture on CBT, mindfulness and schema therapy, as well as writing about all aspects of mental health, psychology and wellbeing.
Before specialising in cognitive and schema therapy, I initially 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 University. 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.
I later completed courses in stress management, assertiveness training and a Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy from the Centre for Stress Management; and a Master Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from SDS Seminars Ltd. All of these courses are approved by the British Psychological Society. I have practised cognitive therapy from 2010 to 2018.
In recent years I have come to specialise in schema therapy, 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 been practising schema therapy since 2015 and achieved accreditation as a schema therapist in 2017.
I completed my schema therapy training with Schema Therapy Associates and have achieved advanced accredition with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). I am also a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
I have completed a number of training courses in compassion-focused therapy including Introductory and Advanced Skills in Compassion Focused Therapy, as well as Compassion Focused Therapy for Depression, with CFT's founder Paul Gilbert. CFT combines a number of approaches, including evolutionary psychology, cognitive therapy, mindfulness and compassion-building exercises from Tibetan Buddhism. I use a number of these techniques to help my clients be kinder and more compassionate to themselves.
I also have a strong personal and professional interest in mindfulness meditation, especially mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). I have maintained a daily meditation practice for a number of years and use mindfulness techniques with many of my clients, as they are so helpful for a wide range of problems.
Where I work
My private practice and Schema Therapy Skills are 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 five-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.
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