Bonnie is a clinical psychologist who trained at Columbia University in New York. She is experienced in working with clients in acute emotional and psychological distress, as well as those seeking self-exploration.
I can help with...
- Addictions – alcohol, drugs, etc
- Anger management
- Bereavement and loss
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality
- Coping with chronic ill health or chronic pain
- Coping with a terminal illness
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship difficulties
- Suicidal thoughts
Types of client I see
Languages I speak
- Room 1 at Elizabeth House, 39 York Road, London SE1 7NQ
Types of therapy I offer
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
- Family/systemic therapy
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
Through my training, clinical work and life experience I have come to appreciate how challenging life is. It can involve difficulty, trauma, disappointment, uncertainty, medical crisis, heartbreak and loss. Romantic relationships are complicated, parenting can feel like a minefield and we can find ourselves frustrated in our jobs, at a loss in our careers and in the midst of an existential crisis.
We all experience suffering to a greater or lesser extent throughout our lives. Often, at the root of adult difficulties are complex dynamics created through early experiences.
Sometimes, in the face of our difficulties individuals can become symptomatic – depressed, anxious, ruminative, addicted, hopeless, angry or even suicidal.
A trained and experienced therapist can help.
Through the therapy process you can diminish suffering, overcome adversity and reframe, reduce or eliminate distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Ultimately, this can enhance your emotional wellbeing and interpersonal relationships. As Helen Keller said: “All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.”
Who I work with
In light of my training and experience I work with a diverse group of individuals and couples presenting with a wide range of challenges and issues.
I often collaborate with other mental health professions, particularly psychiatrists.
Clients who are taking medication (or considering doing so) will benefit from my understanding of psychiatric drugs and commitment to holistic treatment and a multidisciplinary approach.
I am also in a unique position to support individuals with a medical issue following my own health crisis.
Therapy with individuals
I work from a psychodynamic framework and believe the relationship between the therapist and client is an important source of understanding and change.
I am trained in cognitive behaviour therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy. I draw on the ‘practical’ tools for change that these modalities offer.
Through this integrative approach I have seen clients greatly improve their emotional wellbeing by developing insight, new behaviours, self-acceptance and compassion.
Therapy with couples
Sometimes, couples are at an impasse regarding a particular issue (such as parenting, finances, extended family) and need support to resolve their difference. Or relationships may have become characteristically hostile, distant or volatile, where one or both partners feel hopeless, unhappy, betrayed, or criticised.
Reconciliation and recovery are possible.
In couples work I draw on systemic thinking and help couples understand patterns in their relationship, disrupt their negative cycle of interaction and develop practical skills that allow healthier ways of relating. I also encourage individuals to develop empathy and understanding for themselves and their partners.
Training, qualifications and experience
I am a qualified clinical psychologist with a Masters and PhD from Columbia University in New York.
I have worked in a number of settings including:
- an inpatient unit
- psychiatric emergency room
- addiction centre
- state hospital
- community centre
- college counselling centre
- analytic institute
In these settings I have provided therapy to individuals across the life span presenting with a range of difficulties, from clients in acute emotional and psychological distress to individuals seeking to enhance their self-understanding.
Fees and availability
I am based in Waterloo and have flexibility around meeting. I also offer sessions via Skype.
Please contact me regarding therapy fees. As I believe deeply in the value of therapy and its accessibility I do dedicate a percentage of my practice hours to motivated and committed low-fee clients who have financial constraints. I encourage you to reach out to discuss further.
Thank you for taking the time to find out about me. I hope to have the opportunity to learn about you. Hopefully, the information I have shared has been helpful in informing your decision to pursue therapy and selecting a therapist.
One final thought to bear in mind is that ultimately the ‘best’ therapist for you will be subjective, based on whether you feel a sense of rapport and trust with the therapist.
Please do reach out so we can begin to explore whether I might be that person.
I look forward to hearing from you.