Shirlee Kay has been bringing emotional insight to her work with individuals and couples for over twenty years. Her personal ethos and aim is to provide clients with the tools they need to discover their own internal resources and to develop their emotional resilience. Gaining clarity allows her clients to make better and more informed choices for themselves and within their relationships.
Shirlee is an accredited BACP counsellor, a Relate Licensed practitioner, a BASRT sex therapist, Imago couples therapist as well as a trained Supervisor.
In her private practice in West London and also within the NHS, Shirlee works with couples and individuals focusing on issues concerning relationships, sexual problems and issues of fertility, IVF and miscarriage. She works both long and short term with clients offering face to face,online, by phone or Skype. Shirlee’s objective is always working with her client’s needs
Shirlee began her training at the London Marriage Guidance (now TCCR) and through the years has followed a path which has taken an eclectic mix of psycho-dynamic, psychoanalytical, behavioural and mindfulness practice, allowing her to read and meet the needs of clients in ways best suited to their particular issues and personalities.
Believing professional development both as individual and therapist is an intrinsic part of what she does, Shirlee has continued to study until this day.
Alika has a very strong academic background combined with broad clinical experience. She obtained a First class degree in Psychology whilst working as a counsellor in a primary school and undergoing a foundation degree in psychotherapy. She also obtained a further foundation degree in group analysis. Alika has experience working in a counselling setting with clients struggling with anxiety, depression and general relational difficulties. For the past two years she has worked in the NHS with borderline personality disorder having been trained in mentalization based therapy (MBT).
Alika has a great appreciation for multidisciplinary team working and holistic healthcare. She works with her clients with empathic curiosity and a dedication to tailoring treatment to the unique and evolving needs of her client base.
Alika is in the final year of doctoral training to become a Counselling Psychologist. She works within the ethical framework of the BACP and the BPS.
Alika uses an integrative approach, meaning she uses a number of therapeutic techniques (either in isolation or combination) tailored to the individual. She believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and the role this plays in effective therapy. Alika works within a person centred framework providing a safe, containing and supportive environment for her clients to explore and work through their inner struggles.
Alika helps clients to make sense of their feelings, thoughts and patterns of relating. She takes a relational approach with a view that individual distress cannot be separated from the relations the person has with themselves, others and the world.
Alika works with evidence based treatments, being trained in the main models of working psychotherapeutically (Psychodynamic, Humanist and CBT) with specialist training in Mentalization Based Therapy.
She will explore with the client what has brought them to seek counselling at this point in their lives and what they hope to achieve from therapy. Upon initial consultation, Alika will discuss, in collaboration with you, which way of working may be the most appropriate at this moment in time. She provides both time-limited and longer term psychological therapy and counselling. This can be discussed in your initial consultation. Should you feel you need something other than what she can offer, she will make every effort to refer you to other sources of help.