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About me

There are times when we all need help with life's challenges and for nearly a year now since Covid entered into our daily existence most of us have faced challenges of some kind.  It is normal to feel anxious during extraordinary times and extraordinary times they have been.

I can offer you a space to reflect and for us to think together with the hope that this will lead to better understanding, self-awareness and change.

We are all responsible for our own lives and I believe it is possible to move from feeling out of control, confused, anxious, depressed and driven to repeat unhelpful or even destructive patterns in our relationships to a place of making the choices that are good for us in our lives.

My approach is integrative. I have over 20 years experience in offering counselling and psychotherapy in private practice and have also worked for a number of organisations, universities and charities. 

I also offer short courses in Mindfulness - a mind/body approach...you may well have read about this in the media.   

The NHS recommend Mindfulness as a way of managing anxiety, stress, recurring depression and pain. Anecdotally those practising often say they notice relationships improve and they are able to enjoy life, get more done and even sleep better.

Consultations usually available face to face, after which it is possible where necessary to work on the phone and using Zoom.  At the moment I am working on Zoom and the telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training/Qualifications

Post-graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice
Time-limited training
Solution Focussed Brief therapy training
Cognitive Behavioural approach training
Mindfulness
Post traumatic stress

Professional membership (Accredited, senior) of the BACP ensuring the highest standard of practice and an agreement to work within a code of ethics.

Experience

Private practice (2000 - present)

Counselling students and staff within a university service (2005 - 2017)

Stress Management training for a large organisation (2016 - 2017)

Mental Health and Wellbeing training for a large organisation (2019 - present)

Mindfulness courses and workshops within 2 universities (2018 - 2019)

Mentoring psychotherapy students BAATN (Black and Asian Therapists Network) (2014 - present)

Coaching/Reflective practice space CEO Bal Asha (charity based in Mumbai, India) (2019 - present)

Previous experience of working within large and small organisations in the private, public and charitable sectors in the UK, Australia, India.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In addition to the areas listed above I have an interest in issues around identity, cultural difference and migration.  Mindfulness and the mind/body link are also of particular interest to me.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial consultation @ £80. Thereafter, to be negotiated. I hold some spaces for low fee paying clients and students.

When I work

Please contact me for information.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme