Hi there, I’m Wendy. I am a qualified Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and Therapist based in London, offering online and face-to-face therapy.
What I offer
As a therapist, I am interested in building a connection with you first and foremost, with trust and honesty, based on kindness and warmth. It is important for you to feel safe to come to me for support and to know you will be accepted and understood without judgment or prejudice.
You might be feeling stuck or hopeless, in limbo, wanting to make a change and to feel differently about yourself but unsure of where to start. Whatever the dilemma, conflict, or difficulty you are facing, I am here to listen to all parts of you, offer insight and support you to find a way through, at a pace that is personal to you.
How will sessions work
Sessions will be unique to us and the relationship we build together. Whether you are new to counselling or not, the sessions may feel challenging at times, there will be moments of discomfort but there will also be moments of surprise and relief, possibly joy, as you understand and discover more about yourself.
Through gentle questioning and offering my own reflections during our conversations we will work together to help you gain a new understanding. I will bring my curiosity and patience in helping you to make sense of and connect with yourself and with the world around you.
I have over 25 years’ experience of supporting individuals and families in a variety of settings, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, Camden Youth Offending Service and a leading visible difference & disfigurement charity Changing Faces.
I have worked with children, young people, adults and their families at all stages of development and life transitions, supporting them to understand, address and move on from their psychological distress and personal difficulties.
Through working with individuals from many different backgrounds, cultural and religious beliefs I see it as important to work with a person’s social and cultural context, and how different parts of a person’s identity come together.
I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues, including Identity, Body Image, Loss/Bereavement, Trauma, Relationships/Dating, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessional Thinking/Behaviour, Confidence and Parenting Issues.
Taking the next step
To set up an initial appointment, send me an email sharing a little bit about your situation, your availability, and any questions you might have. There is no obligation to commit after this initial session.
My standard fee for a 50-minute session is £70. I offer online (Zoom), phone and in person sessions in Hackney. I do offer reduced-rate options for people on lower incomes, however spaces for this may be limited. Please do get in touch with me to discuss pricing.
If you are unsure about counselling or if we can work together, I’m happy to arrange a short (10-15 minutes) telephone or online call free of charge to answer any questions you have about the process and to see if we’d be a good fit.
I work Monday 3-10, Tuesday afternoon, Wed 3-10 and Thursday afternoon. Please contact me for current availability.
My therapeutic approach is relational and integrative. I have developed a blended approach to working with clients over many years. I use psychodynamic theory to conceptualise clients’ needs.
This is while drawing upon a range of theoretical models and techniques, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis to help clients make sense of their inner world and make use of it in the external world.
– Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
– Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory
– NVQ Level 3 Training for Work with Parents
– BSc. (Hons) Psychology
I’m a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. My work is fully insured and professionally supervised, in accordance with BACP guidelines and I adhere to the BACP Codes of Ethics in my practice.
Areas of specialism
My practice offers support for a wide range of difficulties, as well as a particular interest and experience in working with individuals living with a visible difference to the face or body. This includes conditions from birth, acquired at some other stage in life or altered through illness, surgery or treatment.
As a Wellbeing Practitioner and Counsellor for 11 years at the charity Changing Faces, I supported clients to explore a range of issues in conjunction with how their condition/visible difference impacted their day-to-day life, relationships, and sense of self/identity.
This has given me specialist knowledge and understanding in the following areas: avoidance, social anxiety, social interactions, staring, concealment, intimacy, shame, fear of rejection, self-criticism, uncertainty, loss, identity and belonging issues and feelings of ‘not good enough’.
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