I am an accredited BACP therapist who works with children, adolescents, parents, adults and couples at my Fulham Practice. I also work part of the week in a Mediation Centre, with families who are separating and divorcing. Amongst the families I support are children with special needs.
I provide a calm, safe and empathic space. I tend to focus on more immediate problems, be more practically based and shorter term than psychoanalytic therapy. I seek to increase a person’s self awareness, self esteem, boost confidence and help to understand past influences.
My work with children is facilitated by my training as a play-therapist. I am non directive and follow cues from your child.
I use a wholesome and organic approach tailored to the needs of my client. I am known to make referrals to other specialist such as nutritionists, cranio sacral osteopaths, alternative therapists, Ed Psychs and other such like.
Having worked with children since 2005 and working in a Mediation Centre, I have observed a series of themes and issues I have encountered. Please see blog for further articles.
- MBACP, UKRCP – Accredited since 2009
- Child Safety (frequently updated)
- Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Diploma – Minster Centre
- Psychodynamic Counselling Diploma – Birkbeck University
- MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling – Birbeck University
- Place 2 Be Play-therapy Training
- Tavistock Psychoanalytic Training – Infant Observations (1st year) and invited on Doctorate Training
- TCCR Couples Training – The Tavistock Centre for Couples Relationships
- SPIP Presenter – PTLLS Level 3 (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
It can be useful to talk to someone who is not part of your immediate family or friendship circle; someone who is able to listen with confidentiality and offer an outsider’s unbiased perspective.
Counselling can foster better communication and relationships between children, parents and carers. I have extensive experience with all age groups and specialise in the following areas:
- Bereavement and Loss
- Eating Disorders
- Educational Dilemmas
- General Counselling
- Low Self Esteem
- School Refusal
- Self harming
- Special Needs
- Work Related issues
How it works
You will generally be offered the same date and time every week, although I can be flexible to fit around your schedule. I offer day time, evening and weekend appointments, as well as over the phone or on Skype.
Children, parent, families or individual/adult sessions last 50 min. Relationship and couple counselling sessions last 90 minutes. I can offer classroom observations and home visits.
Sessions at my Fulham Practice are £70 for 1:1 hourly sessions. £100 for couples and that can be for up to 1hr30. 24hours notice for any cancellation.
Sessions are completely confidential and should I see one partner individually the same confidentiality rules apply.
My daughter has benefitted enormously from the counselling and she has very fond thoughts about her experiences of visiting Steph. I am really pleased with the progress that has been made because it has had a direct affect on the tendency to be angry and aggressive. It has helped me to understand some of the issues she is facing. Heartfelt thanks for everything you have done Steph.
Supportive, understanding, empathic and sympathetic. All expectations exceeded and surpassed.
Good ideas for coping and relating. Helped improve understanding of my child.
Less anxious, less alone. I liked having someone to support me and help me through my problems.
I feel like I was supported as much as possible and felt having these sessions with Steph helped me enormously.
Stress relief, less worried, great confidence booster, educational. Friendly and approachable.
I found the service to be unique and very responsive to individual and changing needs. It's been a real plus to have the ability to mix and match i.e. go with the young person, then both separately and together. You have been a terrific support proving insight for both of us and I felt secure and supported.
I was feeling very depressed a lot of the time, often for no reason. I no longer feel so sad and feel I have more confidence. I liked having a session each week with someone I felt comfortable talking to. Thank you so so much for all your help.
Didn't know what to expect but Steph has been brilliant, very gentle and insightful. My son is massively so much better. I am so grateful.
It exceeded my expectations. Total understanding and able to make myself and my two children cope better and be able to get through this first year since our separation. Excellent service - I don't know what my children or I could have done without it.
I have a better relationship with my Dad. I'm not worried all the time and can talk to him about things. Steph was amazing. Very kind and made me feel safe. Thanks.
My daughter was becoming increasingly introverted, obsessive, tearful, withdrawn. I needed her to talk to someone other than me to talk to - Steph was fantastic. Lifesaver. Really helped our family dynamic.
I knew Steph from before so was confident she would help my daughter resolve issues. My expectations were more than met. I think she does an excellent job.
I was hoping for family support as my husband and I were separating and my eldest daughter has been refusing school for the prior one and a half terms. Life is very much improved since our collective time working with Steph and daughter is sooo great! Steph is a gem. Steph makes it feel very personal, non institutional, non bureaucratic.
I was having bad anxiety and feeling depressed. It has helped me learn how to cope with daily life and understand my emotions better. I really appreciated having a down to earth and understanding counsellor. Thank you, Steph.
I came to counselling to resolve worries over my future, my place in the world and the relationships I have with those close to me. I'm more confident about what lies ahead. I have more peace of mind. I've learned how to handle my issues. I liked the compassion and intelligence of my counsellor.
I honestly do not know what I would do without your practice – it has made a huge difference to my son and helped immeasurably.
My daughter was made to feel at ease and comfortable. Steph was excellent and my expectations were exceeded. Our daughter has returned to her former ‘happy self’. Excellent!. Keep up the good work!’
Talking to Steph has been a lifeline not just to help my child to build his confidence and self-esteem but also for me — I can see how much good it does him. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
My expectations of counselling were low — Steph changed my view on this. My daughter has been a different person over the past few months. Steph has restored her confidence and belief. My experience as a parent was totally positive.
I immediately felt I was able to talk, was being understood and wasn’t being judged.
My child was nervous when he first came for session but by the second session was running up to see Steph, bringing with him medals, photos and treasures to show her. He clearly valued his time enormously, felt safe and supported. He said it was ‘his time’…he came out smiling and looking confident.
Thank you so much for helping me with all my worries, it means so much to me. I really appreciate it.
How to start?
Please feel free to contact me and we have a chat without any commitment and if you feel comfortable enough then we can meet up and see from there.
If you are a parent and not sure I would suggest we meet up and discuss further. Should you then be happy to continue I would invite you and your child to come and see whether they feel comfortable and want to come back.
What is my style?
My training is a mix of theories, I have trained in both Integrative and Psychodynamic Counselling. The basis of my work is founded on psychodynamic concepts but value the influences of the humanistic values.
I work with all age groups, adults, young people, the elderly, parents and families with more specialised needs such as additional needs and more physical needs.
What do I focus on?
Focusing on improving a person’s self awareness, self esteem, boost confidence and look at unhelpful patterns of behaviour that inhibit and impede getting the most of out of your life.
When working with children?
In the sessions I work with a selection of mediums to assist the child/adolescent in expressing themselves the best they can; such mediums include painting, playdo, clay, finger paints, puppets and lego. The creative techniques remain age appropriate and suitable for children and adolescents. I can visit schools, offer class observations and offer regular parent feedback.