I am a qualified, experienced, and UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, working in Stoke Newington, N16. I have worked online for a number of years too.
Talking therapies can have a reputation for being aloof, or even seen as an indulgence. They are also often misrepresented in the media. There are so many types, it can be overwhelming. You might feel worried about what will happen in therapy, or unsure which approach will work best for you. I hope to de-mystify what takes place in therapy so you can think further about whether it is what you are looking for.
If you've made it this far, perhaps you are feeling something that is getting in the way of things. Maybe you are sad, angry, anxious, low or struggling to like yourself. Maybe you are feeling ok, but you would like to improve how you relate to other people, face life's challenges, or even parent your children. You may be in a relationship that is struggling and needs help to get back on track.
My experience has convinced me that talking about your concerns with someone trained to hear them, and respond to them, in a particular way, can be very helpful. It won't "cure" you, or delete a painful past, but it can equip you to move on with greater ease, and pave the way for further positive change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an Advanced Diploma and a Masters Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy. (I also have a BA Hons Jurisprudence and LLM in Law) and a Diploma in Supervision. I have worked in University counselling services, WHCM Forrest Counselling service and for two NHS Trusts as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I have been a Trustee of both the Miscarriage Association and the Minster Centre - a pioneering training institute of Integrative Psychotherapy.
I have particular experience working with depression, anxiety and infertility and pregnancy loss. My book, The Brink of Being: talking about miscarriage was published by Virago Press and Penguin USA in 2019. I am now writing a book about self-criticism.
Many moons ago I began my professional life teaching law, and as a solicitor in the City.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest and experience in working with depression, anxiety, and anyone struggling with a deep sense of shame. I also have particular experience in working with women who have struggled with their fertility, pregnancy or birth.
I am the author of The Brink of Being - talking about miscarriage (Virago Press/Penguin USA)
I charge £80 a session (50 mins), including the first. I have a small number of concessionary places, so please do ask if the full fee would mean you can't work with me. I charge £100 a session for couples (60 mins).
I ask for 24 hour cancellation period or my full fee is payable. I charge a £10 fee for all other cancellations to reflect the running costs of holding a space for you.
No fee is payable where I cancel for any reason.
I charge £80 an hour for supervision, and have concessionary spaces.
I am registered with PPP AXA, AVIVA and some other health insurers.
Concessions offered for
I don't expect you to lie down on a couch (although you are welcome to), nor do I sit in silence. I hope to be in dialogue with you, and welcome a creative approach to our work. If you don't want to talk, you are free to bring drawings, dreams, journals, poems or music - or whatever feels right.
I don't set formal 'homework' each week, but often suggest something in particular to focus upon and return for us to think about together again.