More about Judi
Choosing a therapist can be daunting and confusing, so here I seek to explain a little of what I do and demystify some of the questions you may have about seeking counselling or therapy.
Why would you come to see me?
The current COVID-19 situation can provoke various difficulties such as anxiety and relationship issues and you may find it helpful to talk to someone who can be alongside you whilst you navigate the weeks and months ahead. Or it may be another reason that has prompted you to seek counselling but whatever the reason we will focus on your particular circumstances and experiences.
Sometimes life doesn't work out the way we've expected or wanted and having a confidential space to talk about that can be helpful. You may have fears, worries or anxieties about aspects of your life that are making you feel low or depressed; therapy can be a place to explore this. It's an opportunity to engage in discussion of what's possible and often to acknowledge what isn't; seeing life through a different lens can at times be challenging but hopefully rewarding.
It takes courage to seek support, therefore I offer a confidential space where you can safely explore the particular situation you find yourself in. Everyday life does not always leave room for reflection or questioning, therefore carving out a regular space to wonder, alongside another person about yourself, can be a powerful way to uncover how past experiences and relationships may have impacted the way things are now, whilst identifying how you would like things to be in the future.
My approach is a compassionate and collaborative one. Through our conversations, we will focus on furthering your understanding of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to uncover what makes life worthwhile and meaningful for you. We gently allow any difficulties you may have experienced to come to the fore, whilst bearing in mind the changes you seek.
It can be hard to talk freely to others in our lives, thus I offer an opportunity to discuss any aspect of your life that you wish to bring. This may be on a short term or open-ended basis.
What qualifies me to be a therapist?
I spent six years training to become a fully qualified, accredited psychotherapist. I completed a Foundation Course followed by an MA/PgDip in Integrative Psychotherapy (this means I have studied various approaches to therapy), this was followed by an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (an approach to therapy that has its foundations in philosophies that seek to ponder the questions of our existence).
I continue to regularly attend counselling conferences and workshops.
In addition to my private practice I have extensive experience working in a variety of settings including the NHS, the charity sector, within the Jewish community, working with patients and their families impacted by cancer and in the field of further education.
I am happy to work with you on either a short, fixed term basis or an on-going basis depending on your circumstances.
I am a member of the UKCP and an accredited member of the BACP-which means I have been through a rigorous accreditation process and abide by their Ethical Frameworks. I am a member of the Society of Existential Analysis.
Judi offers video calls via Zoom
. Sessions will begin by phone, and you will then be offered the choice to switch to a video call.
London, NW4 2TB