I have over 20 years' experience of working as a professional in Mental Health and have worked privately as a Counsellor since 2006. I have also worked as a Secondary School Teacher with an additional pastoral role, and have many years' experience of training in life and communication skills within the commercial world. I have worked in the private health care sector, with clients suffering from eating disorders, both running groups and working with clients individually, and until October 2013 worked for an Outpatient Eating Disorder Service in the NHS. Apart from running my private practice I have also worked voluntarily in Clapham with NHS clients who are suffering from anxiety/depression, low self-esteem issues and drug and alcohol addiction.
It may be that you feel that you have reached 'breaking point', or maybe you feel 'stuck' in a difficult place and can't move on. Whatever your situation I provide a warm, non-judgmental environment for you to explore and untangle thoughts and feelings, and to confront your fears, enabling you to experience a greater sense of emotional wellbeing, more self-awareness, and a more positive view of yourself. In brief, counselling can give you the 'tools' to live a happier and more fulfilling life.
I am trained in the psycho-dynamic approach, which pays attention to past experiences that may have a negative influence on the present, but I am also committed to working in the 'here and now' to tackle immediate distress. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) which is a recommended approach (NICE Guidelines) for people who have experienced single or multiple traumas leading to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I believe that it is very important to be guided by the needs and preferences of each individual client when thinking about how to move forward.
I live in a quiet, residential road in Kingston-upon-Thames, where there is off-street and unrestricted roadside parking. Norbiton (mainline) station is a 10 minute walk away.
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and my work is bound by the BACP Code of Ethics. Contact me in complete confidence by calling the number above, or by e-mailing.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (2006)
Registered Mental Health Nurse (1983)
Registered General Nurse (1986)
Certificate of Education (Reading University) (1975)
Training in Eating Disorders (2004 and 2005)
Clinical Assessment Training (2008)
EMDR (Europe Association Approved) Training 2016
Accredited Member of the BACP
Registered / Accredited
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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
Day time and evening appointments
I have 3 years' experience of working as a Voluntary Counsellor at the Richmond Counselling and Psychotherapy Service where I worked longterm with clients suffering with anxiety, depression, anger management issues and bereavement