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About me

I'm a qualified, accredited counsellor offering open-ended therapy. Counselling is a confidential relationship for the purpose of discussing problems in your life.

What happens during the counselling process?

During our first session, we can discuss your difficulties and what you hope to get out of the process. We’ll also need to talk about how the counselling relationship works e.g. confidentiality. After that, I’ll follow your lead and you decide what we’re going to talk about. I’ll ask questions and make observations about what you're saying and how you're saying it. I might offer alternative viewpoints to help you work out what your options are too. What I won't do is give you advice or guide you in a particular direction. We’ll assess your progress as the relationship develops.

How I work

I provide an integrative therapy which is based around the humanistic models and transference issues. This means I pay particular attention to our relationship and its development as well as the content of our discussions. If you’re not familiar with these terms, it won’t be a problem as I'll explain the process during the sessions.

I offer open-ended counselling. There is no set number of sessions. We continue to work as long as you need the support.

Credit for my work

In 2017, I got a mention in the Evening Standard for my work with a student experiencing PTSD. The article is featured below in the Photos & Videos section.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Accreditation
2011 Accredited Member of BACP

Counselling Qualifications
2017 Diploma (Trauma Therapy)
2009 Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies (CBT/Counselling Supervision)
2003 Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)

Other Qualifications
MA, PGCE, BA(Hons)

Experience
Since qualifying as a counsellor, I gained profession accreditation with BACP and continued to train in CBT, counselling supervision and trauma therapy models. I have a wide range of practical experience in public sector, corporate and voluntary settings. As well as working with clients, I train and supervise counsellors and publish articles on therapy. Special interests include working with people experiencing psychological traumas, including PTSD.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Photos & videos

Fees

£70.00 per session

Additional information

Individuals
£70 per session (50 minutes)

48 hours' notice is required to rearrange a session and I charge for cancellations.

When I work

Weekdays & evenings

Brentford, London, TW8

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Supervision

Online
Phone

I am a qualified counselling supervisor with over ten years' experience providing supervision to trainee and experienced counsellors, and counselling trainers.

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