I am a qualified body psychotherapist, counsellor and biodynamic massage practitioner. I am fully registered and accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the London School of Biodynamic Psychotherapy. In addition to my Diploma in Biodynamic Psychotherapy, I also hold a Diploma in Counselling and worked previously as a counsellor for Age Concern and Kensington and Chelsea College. More recently, I helped provide pastoral support within the mental health services of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
My approach is biodynamic, person-centred and reparative. Biodynamic refers to the energy of life within us that seeks freedom and expression. Person-centred assumes that we all have a natural drive towards self-actualisation. Reparative describes a type of relationship between therapist and client that aims to provide the healing experiences necessary for transformation. In all these approaches, my priority is to create a safe and non-judgmental space where the client can begin to know themselves.
While my background is in counselling, I have found that therapy involving touch and the body brings an immediate, tangible and transformative element into the room that talking alone rarely achieves. For me, it is the difference between 'talking about' and experiencing for real. One is about making sense, which is important, the other is about 'living it'.
"A year ago, I found Silole through a friend of mine. I felt half alive, numb and very much lost. I never considered therapy for myself, not really believing that it can help.
But I was very much intrigued by the body/mind approach and decided to take this step. I am so glad I dared to do it. Silole is not only a competent and skilled therapist, but she is a highly empathic, warm hearted and gentle human.
Silole helped me connect with myself and gave me tools to deal with difficult situations in my life. Through Silole, I have a better understanding of my own behavioural patterns and my own body. I wish everybody could have a Silole in their life."
"Working with Silole has been incredible. Despite having confidence that I’d found the right therapist, I still wouldn’t have believed it was possible to heal so much childhood trauma. She has helped me to heal pain that I had otherwise resigned myself to living with forever. The work we’ve done has been life changing and I am so grateful. I never thought I’d say that I love therapy but I do. I look forward to my sessions with Silole and get so much out of them. Knowing I have my weekly sessions also helps me during my week if I come into contact with an undesired situation or experience. Knowing that I have a safe space waiting for me is very soothing. I wish I’d found Silole sooner."
"I first started working with Silole over one year ago during an episode of severe depression. Silole helped me through this extremely difficult period of my life using a combination of talking therapy and bodywork. Her unique approach taught me to access the wisdom of my own body and to feel the inter-connected nature of my mind and body.
As our therapeutic relationship has grown in trust over time, I feel increasingly confident about confronting my difficult feelings, thoughts and memories without being overwhelmed. Silole provides me with a safe and supportive environment in which to explore deep-rooted issues from my childhood and previous difficult experiences and to heal them. Through her deep acceptance of my feelings, coupled with her wise insights and continued reminders to listen to my own body, I am starting to discover a more authentic and whole version of myself. My work with Silole has been truly transformational for me."
"Silole is a highly skilled and empathetic therapist who has helped me navigate an extremely difficult time in my life, and helped me to understand how patterns that originated in my childhood continued to echo in my life today. She helped me get to the bottom of issues I thought I had already worked through with other therapists. The body is a far more powerful tool than the mind for connecting with one's emotions."