I am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, a qualified professional integrative counsellor, a qualified bereavement counsellor and have trained in CBT and Mindfulness. I additionally trained in the Master Practitioner Skills Award (equivalent to an MA) with the National Centre for Eating Disorders, which is approved by the British Psychological Society.
I work in a GP surgery in Wimpole St, W1, and in an established private practice in Esher. I work with private and corporate clients and have built successful long term working relationships with ex-pat clients using Skype.
Past experience: I have worked in primary care in an NHS GP practice for three years, at Kingston Bereavement Service for four years and Kingston Women's Centre for three years.
Current: In the past eight years to the present date I have a created a successful private practice in Esher and combine this with a role at Wimpole St, where I have worked for five year as part of a multi agency team in a doctor's practice.
The counselling relationship I offer is non-judgemental, warm, supportive, truthful and authentic.
I aim to work with you in a sensitive and respectful way to negotiate through the challenges that life's watersheds present, to resolve unfinished business, or address an immediate and identifiable issue.
I work within a safe and confidential setting supporting you towards well-being. I draw on a range of approaches to help you unravel chaotic feelings and thoughts and find more authentic ways of being, feel in control and choiceful.
I do so by combining body psychotherapy and CBT to enable you to connect thoughts, feelings, and emotions that may feel really difficult to locate on your own. I support you to see what may be an unhelpful belief which is keeping you stuck. I work with mindfulness, an approach which can really change how you think about 'things'.
I aim to help you through sticking points and support you through the unknown and 'why's?' towards greater understanding and acceptance. I work with you to find the key that brings about change in your self that you may be searching for.
I do so by drawing on psychodynamic theory, through which you can identify patterns, gain insight into the way your past is threading through your present, assess what would be more helpful to 'let go' of now, and work with your body and mind processes using body psychotherapy and CBT to help you make connections between the 'then and there' and the 'here and now', supporting you to make different choices, bringing about your change process towards real and lasting personal growth.
I offer both long and short term counselling for individuals once a week for 50 minutes in a safe professional and confidential setting. An initial assessment may take 60 -75 minutes. I work in private practice in Esher, and at a GP surgery in Wimpole St, W1. I am a registered and approved practitioner with the following insurance companies: Cigna, Aviva, PruHealth, and WPF
I am an accredited member of the British Assocation of Counselling and Psychotherapy and UKRCP bound by their code of ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Advanced Diploma in Professional Integrative Counselling
Master Practitioner Skills in Eating Disorders (NCFED) (MA equivalent) certified by the British Psychological Society, incorporating working with Binge Eating; Anorexia Nervosa; Bulimia; Obesity and Nutritional Interventions.
Cognitive Behavioral Certificate in Working with Anxiety (Trainer Dr Christine Padesky Phd)
Certificate in Working with Mindfulness
Person Centered Counselling Skills Certificate Level 3
Certificate in Bereavement Counselling (CRUSE)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate
Certificate in Understanding and Working with Eating Disorders
BA (Hons) English and Theatre Studies
Additional training: I have attended a variety of workshops for continuing professional development including:
Trauma and the Psychopathology of Body (how the body remembers and stores stress)
Compassion Focused Therapy
I have a degree in English and Theatre Studies, and am also a researcher and writer with more than 20 years of experience on both national magazines and newspapers.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
1. Esher, KT10 OBA :£50 for a 50 minute session with concessions for those with low income and students including counselling trainees.The initial consultation make take between 60-75 minutes and costs £60-£65
2. Wimpole St, London, W1: £110 for a 50 minute session, some concessions available.THe intial consultation takes 60-75 minutes and costs £125.