Counselling & Psychotherapy
You may be considering counselling and psychotherapy because you are experiencing difficulties in your life related to your past or present, are feeling stuck, seeking new direction and change or wish to develop greater awareness of yourself and more vitality in life.
I offer a warm and confidential space to listen and support you to explore, reflect and understand your feelings and experiences. The space we create together can enable the exploration of a range of emotions and experiences that can be challenging but can equally involve humour and laughter and lead to insight, understanding, growth and change.
Contact me to explore the possibility of working together on your journey. Learn more about me, my professional experience, how I work and frequently asked questions below. For support in times of immediate crisis, helpful links, articles, self-help tools, local and national organisations and communities see my Support Resources.
Hi, welcome to my website! My name is Jamie. I am a qualified therapist registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. I have worked with adults and young people within both educational and therapeutic settings for over fifteen years.
I offer both one-to-one short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy from my practice in North Finchley, North London and online. I work mindfully of cultural diversity, beliefs and values and I am experienced working in areas including:
anxiety and panic
educational and workplace difficulties
body issues and obsessive-compulsive behaviours
family and relationship difficulties
loss and bereavement
experiences of trauma - childhood developmental and complex trauma, historical - intergenerational, transgenerational and collective trauma
explorations of identity including cultural, LGBTQI+, sexuality, gender, and sexual relationship diversity
disability, neurodiversity, learning differences and long-term health conditions
My Professional Experience
From the start of my career, I have worked in roles that have focused upon enabling growth, change, and self-empowerment for individuals and communities. After completing my degree in applied theatre (educational, community and therapeutic contexts) I worked for a community education project supporting young people experiencing social and emotional challenges to reach their potential.
Subsequently, I worked in higher education both as a lecturer and a disability practitioner where I developed a specialism in working with adults and young people with disabilities, long-term health conditions, neurodiversity, mental health and wellbeing challenges. These roles led me to develop invaluable skills and understanding of the power of authentic and enabling relationships and to complete my counselling and psychotherapy training at the Minster Centre one of the leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe. I have worked as a therapist and wellbeing trainer within a GP surgery, a University, Barnet Mind, and the homelessness charity Crisis.
In addition to my therapy practice, I am part of the Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy core team providing support to the practice and developing training considering difference, diversity and intersectionality including Let's Get Uncomfortable: race, ethnicity, culture and power and Untold stories of adults who have grown up in care. I am mentoring lead and supervisor for Diversity & Ability (D&A) championing (neuro)Diversity and (dis)Ability inclusion, a REES Foundation ambassador and, previously, a Care Experienced Conference team member supporting life-long help and support to those with care experience and enabling a much-needed debate for meaningful change of the care system.
I am co-author/editor of Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia - Support for Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) SAGE Publications based on my experience supporting students.
How I Work
My approach is relational and non-judgemental as I believe that a good therapeutic relationship is based on trust and honesty. Most importantly the way I work begins with listening. I am passionate about getting to know and understand those I work with to fully understand the difficulties they are experiencing and the goals they hope to achieve.
As an integrative therapist, I draw on approaches informed by different theoretical and practice traditions in the field of therapy including humanistic, psychoanalytic, trauma-informed, body-oriented and cognitive-behavioural (CBT) approaches to support your needs. Working relationally exploring the relationship between us can enable understandings of challenges you may experience with relationships and intimacy.
You can expect a friendly, warm and confidential environment working with me. My aim is to support you to explore the relationship between your past and present, greater awareness of your thoughts, feelings, physical and bodily experience. I will be honest, reflective, open, and curious in our work. Together we will create a space for you to look in and experience yourself, then gather the strength to make changes that you hope for, achieve greater vitality and meaning in life.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are you available weekends/evenings?
Are you available on short notice?
We generally have someone available until 6pm each day. We do our best to accommodate all same day and last minute requests.
What do you mean by private or semi-private walks?
We offer solo walks or walks with another dog or two, depending on their proximity and compatibility. We don't walk packs or groups larger than three.
Will I have to give you a key?
Can you feed my dog or give them medication?
Absolutely! As long as it's as simple as putting some food out after the walk, we don't mind feeding your dog at no additional charge. We will also make sure they have water when they come home. We've also given pills in pill pockets and applied drops for those who need a little extra TLC.
What is the window for walks?
What do you do if it rains?
Do you let the dogs interact with other dogs while walking?
Do you go to dog parks?
How do I get started?
My practice is located in North London in North Finchley, N12 - less than ten minutes walk from Woodside Park tube station (Northern Line) and North Finchley bus station.