Online Counselling and Psychotherapy
"Life is suffering", this is the First Noble Truth according to Buddhist tradition.
Most of us, at some point in our journeys through life, encounter periods of great unhappiness, deep loss or intense challenges. Faced with the difficulties of life, we might experience a lack of purpose and feel stuck and alone, without direction or guidance. We might feel overwhelmed with anxiety, anger, depression, worries linked to work or relationship issues and be at a loss of how to cope and what to do. Even if we decide that soldiering on is the answer, and try to pretend that everything is fine; this coping system will ultimately fail to provide a solution as long as the root of the problem remains unaddressed.
Welcome to my Site
I am a BACP Senior Accredited and Registered online Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I hold an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I am certified in couples counselling and life coaching. I speak English and French and have been in counselling practice since 2010 first engaging in face-to-face meetings with clients and more recently specialising in online counselling. My previous work experience in the field of education in Egypt, the United States and Italy gave me exposure to a wide range of cultures and beliefs. Those opportunities have enhanced my awareness of human diversity and have enabled me to be open to, value and respect traditions other than my own.
Online psychotherapy can help with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, anger, depression, stress, loneliness, relationship problems, abuse, trauma, low self-esteem, bereavement and loss, or lack of direction. In addition, online counselling offers client and therapist flexibility both time-wise and distance-wise. It is essential to have access to a safe and confidential space free of interruptions to benefit from online counselling and, once such a safe place has been created, a relationship of trust between you and your online counsellor can start developing.
Please note that an online counsellor cannot provide an emergency service. If you are in crisis, it is vital to get immediate help. You can contact your GP or your nearest accident and emergency service (A&E), or you can call the Samaritans at 116123.
My Approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy
My core beliefs are grounded in humanistic therapy although my overall approach is integrative which means that I recognise that each of us is unique and so I try to adapt to what works best for you. I specialise in depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, trauma, bereavement and loss and I incorporate thought and principles of Buddhist philosophy into my practice. In all my years of practice I found that, by giving me the privilege of sharing their life experiences with me, my clients not only continue to be my best teachers, but are also an ongoing source of inspiration to me. I offer both short-term and long-term online counselling and therapy and, because I realise that you might not be able to commit to a rigid weekly session contract due to work or other obligations, I am flexible with my time and do my best to accommodate your schedule.
Complimentary Introduction Meeting
Should you be interested in knowing more about me and my therapeutic style, I would be happy to arrange a 15 to 20 minute video meeting at no cost to give you the opportunity to meet me and to help you decide whether I am the right therapist for you. In this meeting you will have a chance to ask me about my experience and views about different approaches such as CBT or relationship counselling. Also understanding your reason for seeking counselling will help me guide you through the process of therapy. This meeting will be rather informal compared to a therapy session, and no immediate decision from your part will be expected.