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Hello, I am qualified integrative counsellor and therapist and I strongly believe that our experiences can be explored and worked through when they have impacted our lives. These may evoke feelings of anxiety and depression which may affect how you feel and live your life. For me it is important that clients have the freedom to explore experiences in a private, warm, safe space.
I work in private practice in Clapham Common and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics.
My beliefs strongly underpins my person-centred non-directive approach, but will use psychodynamic approach and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) if and when required. As a counsellor I am aware of the difficulties clients face and the stigma attached to seeing a counsellor, but I strongly feel that through these pathways and steps forward into counselling positive changes will occur in client’s lives.
I am passionate about helping clients explore and work through their difficulties and issues they may be experiencing or have experienced in their life. I have extensive experience of working as counsellor with the following issues such as anger, loss, low self-esteem, and self-confidence. Prior to this depression, substance abuse, anxiety, bereavement, domestic abuse, sexual violence and self-harm. My approach enables clients to be aware of the strengths they have and through this process develop and build trusting relationship where clients can freely explore your feelings where I support positive long term change.
I believe counselling can help clients explore and work through those experiences that impact upon them as an individual and with my warm, empathic and non judgemental approach I am sensitive and committed in supporting clients work towards making positive steps of change in their life.
“I can’t thank you enough for always being there for me Hugh. Over the past year during the pandemic lot’s of things came up for me that I needed to work through. Thank you for always listening and helping me understand and accept who I am. Thanks for changing my life and giving me hope for my future”.
‘Deciding to find yourself a therapist can feel like a surrender; ending a shouting match you’ve been having with your own head by simply throwing the toys out the pram and asking somebody else to pick them up and put them back in. It shouldn’t be, and therapy with Hugh certainly wasn’t: it was a victory that snuck slowly out of nowhere. It transliterated the battle between me and my brain into a solicitous conversation between the two of us, one that not only let the clouds lift on my anxiety and depression, but gave a gilt edge outline to a proud sense of self my own neuroses had up until that point forced me to repeatedly detour around. With Hugh I went from getting lost in myself and losing myself in the process to being able to elide my past and present selves into a cohesive and honest conception of who I am that I am continually proud of without even realising it. Now when I stare inside I don’t have to flinch and look away, thanks to Hugh I simply smile.’
Continual thanks for everything you’ve done!