About

I am a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and AFT (Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice) registered therapist who is qualified to work with individuals, couples and families. I offer counselling and psychotherapy for all relationship and mental wellbeing issues. I originally trained as a nurse, later as a mental health nurse and then a health visitor.  In my latter role I worked with parents with mental health issues in a specialist role with a strong focus on antenatal and post natal illness, domestic and historic abuse.

Alongside my systemic practice I incorporate simple mindfulness and cognitive techniques. I believe that education about managing mental health and relapse prevention is a significant part of any treatment.

In 2008 I completed my MSC in Family & Systemic Psychotherapy.  In 2016 I retired from the NHS to develop an independent Psychotherapy practice.

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Contact

Tell me a little about yourself by completing the form below and I will be in touch.

Alternatively, if you’d prefer, you can call me on 07899 941 264.

FAQs

What is therapy?

Psychotherapy involves talking to a trained therapist, either individually, in a group with your partner or as a family about feelings you have about yourself and others.

Systemic therapy views the individual in relation to a larger system . The system could be a family, a couple, an organisation or a community.   Therapy focuses on communication and internal influences. It is not about deep exploration of past issues but about the individual’s experience of the present. Therapy can be short or long term.

Read the Association of Family Therapy’s Leaflet on Family Therapy.

How does it work?

When you initially contact me we will have a brief telephone conversation to discuss your reasons for therapy and whether I am the right person for you to see. We will also discuss costs and will set up an initial appointment.  The initial appointment can take place during the daytime or evening, during the week or at the weekend.

During the first appointment I will ask you to complete a basic form with your details, those of your GP for emergency purposes, and exclusions to confidentiality. We will again discuss costs, expectations of treatment and methods of payment. If you are being seen through your health insurer we will discuss what they have agreed to offer. I am registered with 4 of the major health insurers.  The first appointment has the same cost as all other sessions but can take longer to allow time to complete the above mentioned tasks.

Thereafter we will meet regularly for as long as we all agree is necessary. Most sessions last about 1 hour including time for payment and rebooking.

Where does it take place?

I am based in Enfield, Greater London which is easily accessible by rail, underground and bus.  There is free parking available.

What type of issues do you cover?

Some of the issues I have experience of working with are:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • confidence and self-esteem
  • bullying
  • domestic abuse
  • childhood abuse
  • relationship difficulties
  • bereavement and loss
  • child behaviour and life cycle changes
  • antenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression
  • stillbirth and miscarriage
  • pet bereavement
  • chronic illness and disability
  • workplace issues
  • post traumatic stress and trauma

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Reviews

Carolyn helped me work through my anxiety and depression after I had my first born. She was very supportive and through her years of experience she had a range of strategies and methods to help. Carolyn was with me every step of the way she was very non-judgement and trustworthy and I always felt comfortable talking through any issues with her.  Thank you Carolyn.

~ Emma