I have worked as a counsellor within the NHS and in private practice for over 14 years. I also supervise counsellors and have taught on counselling training courses. I have worked with people coming to counselling for many different reasons including depression, anxiety, and feeling sad. The Pandemic has impacted us all and many more people are struggling with social anxiety, loss and isolation.
How Can counselling help?
Counselling offers a confidential safe space to be able to explore what might be troubling you and to feel really heard. We would work together to understand your experience and gain insight into what has brought you to seek help at this point. This can lead to a deeper understanding of yourself which in turn can bring about change.
Sometimes in an effort to feel better we can engage in old coping behaviours that ultimately make us feel worse. Understanding more about our past and how it impacts on us can help make sense of what may be happening in the present and in turn can lead to having more choices and adopting more supportive coping strategies.
The first step is to telephone or email me and if you then decide you want to have an initial meeting I would arrange an assessment session where we can look at what has brought you to seek counselling and what it might involve .
I offer counselling face to face or online,
What to Expect in the first session
In the first session we would look at what you hope to get out of the sessions and I would be asking important questions about your present and past to gain an understanding of what has brought you to seek counselling now,,
If you decide to have more sessions then we would set up a second session and a regular time to meet weekly,
It is important to also look at whether you are wanting short term counselling ( 10-12 sessions) or more longer term open-ended counselling . I will explain how I work and will welcome any questions you have.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor and I abide by their code of ethics and professional practice. I am registered as a psychotherapist with major health insurance companies
Training, qualifications & experience
My Counselling Qualifications
- BA Hons degree in Integrative-Relational counselling
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling 2007
- Certificate in CBT 2008
- Certificate in Humanistic counselling 2002
- I'm a qualified supervisor and have attended the CSTD supervision courses
- I have been in private practice for over 14 years .
- I have worked as a tutor on counselling certificate training courses for 10 years, and I taught and supervised on a counselling degree programme.
- I have worked as a counsellor in a GP practice in Kingston running the counselling service from 2008-2010.
- I worked as a counsellor in a G.P practice in Surbiton from 2005 during training until after I qualified.
- I Worked as a counsellor for Kingston council from 2005-2007
- Mentor for Kingston university 2008-2016
Continuing professional development
I attend workshops and training courses as part of my ongoing professional training as a qualified counsellor.
These have included training in;
- Internal Family Systems
- loss and bereavement,
- relationship breakdown,
- transactional analysis,
- attachment, trauma,
- transference and countertransference,
- body work
- group work.
- I am in regular supervision.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
IVFand fertility issues.
i charge £60 for a 50 minute session
I am registered as a psychotherapist /counsellor with major insurance companies
All enquiries are in strict confidence, either by email or phone .
Parking is available.