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AREAS OF EXPERTISE
The following are some of the issues that counselling can help you with. All inquiries are welcome, and I am happy to assist you with whatever is on your mind.

Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Low Self-Esteem

Sexual Abuse & Trauma
Loss & Grief

LGBTQIA+ Issues, including:
Identity, Coming Out, Shame & Guilt,

Internalised homo/bi/trans/kink/whorephobia
Social Exclusion

Lack of Meaning & Purpose
Relationship Issues & Infidelity
Uprootedness

Life Transitions

MY APPROACH

In a nutshell, relational and affirmative.

Counselling is often described as a safe space. However, simply claiming that something is safe does not make it so. Safety, in my opinion, must be consciously developed and nurtured. As a trauma-informed therapist, my primary concern is to create safety not only in the session but also in the therapeutic relationship. Thus, you can count on me to be consistent and transparent in my approach, questions, and interventions, giving you the option to choose what you want to explore and what you want to put aside for the time being. Consent is important, and I trust you to know what feels right as the expert on your own life. 

During sessions, I will focus not only on what you say but also on how you say it. Indeed, I will pay attention to both spoken words and those expressed implicitly through movement, facial expression, sight, or tone of voice. I believe that how you act in sessions and in the therapeutic relationship we develop will tell us a lot about how you function outside of them. This is something I intend to explore in order to gain a better understanding of your relational patterns and attachment style.

Whatever you bring to therapy, I will observe through the lenses of various modalities (Psychodynamic, CBT, Person-Centred, Existential etc.). These will allow us to explore unconscious thoughts and repressed emotions, challenge thought and behaviour patterns, promote awareness and self-compassion and delve into questions of meaning, purpose, and identity. Integrating modalities allows me to support you in a holistic and personalised way. 

As an affirmative counsellor, I do not diagnose, treat, or attempt to change what makes you unique. Instead, I choose to celebrate differences where others may see deficiencies. Together, we can explore and affirm your strengths, values and needs, all while learning what it means to be yourself without masking. I can also help you develop the skills, self-compassion, and resilience necessary to navigate the challenges of living in a neurotypical, conservative, and heteronormative society.

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  • What to expect in your first session?
    The first half of the session will be spent "contracting," which means discussing and agreeing on the boundaries that will serve as the framework for our sessions. Boundaries are set up to keep the work safe and consistent, not to limit it. One of them is keeping your information confidential, and another is agreeing on the time and fee for your sessions. In the second half, we will discuss your motivation for seeking counselling at this time, as well as any questions, expectations or goals you may have.
  • Do I need to prepare for sessions?
    The simple answer is no. You are welcome to come as you are. If bringing journals, photos, or drawings to sessions helps you, by all means, do so - the space is yours. What I would suggest is that you consider what you will do after the session and schedule time to relax and practice self-care. Some sessions may be emotional, or things may come up after you leave, and going straight to work may not always feel ideal.
  • How long do I have to commit?
    There is no commitment beyond the current session, but therapy is not a quick fix. It will take time for the therapeutic relationship to develop, for you to trust me as your counsellor, and for you to feel comfortable sharing and exploring some of your emotions or challenges. I usually work with clients for a minimum of twelve weeks, but this can be discussed and tailored to your specific needs.
  • Can sessions be online?
    Yes, I recognise that not everyone can attend in person, and therapy can be just as impactful online. However, you must have a stable internet connection as well as a fully functional webcam and microphone. You should also be in a room where you feel safe and will not be overheard or disturbed. Please keep in mind that your webcam will need to be turned on for the duration of the session for safety and therapeutic purposes.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    If you must cancel a session, please do so at least 72 hours in advance so that I can offer your slot to another client or cancel the room rental. Failure to follow the policy may result in the entire session being charged to cover any losses incurred. Please know that I will always make every effort to provide an alternative, such as a different day, time, or online session, but this may not always be possible.
  • Are sessions confidential?
    The short answer is yes, but there are some exceptions related to safety. If, as a result of your disclosure, I have reason to believe that you or someone else is at risk of harm, I may need to notify a third party, such as your GP or a next of kin. In most cases, I anticipate that we will be able to discuss this and plan the next step together in a way that empowers you and makes you feel supported. FYI, things like terrorism, drug trafficking, and money laundering cannot be kept confidential.
  • How long does a session last?
    Each session, whether in person or online, will last 50 minutes.
  • What if I'm unhappy​ with the service?
    Please let me know if you are uncomfortable or dissatisfied with our sessions for any reason. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss it with you and find a solution that meets your needs and expectations. If you do not feel comfortable doing so and wish to make a formal complaint, please contact the BACP: Click Here.
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