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MA/PGDip MBACP AccCOSRT

About me

FACE TO FACE AND ONLINE SESSIONS ARE BEING OFFERED.

Individual psychotherapy - Couples/relationship therapy - Psychosexual therapy
I offer individual and couples counselling and have many years of experience working with clients on a wide range of issues; I am also a qualified sex therapist. I am a member of the BACP (MBACP) and an accredited member of the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) and abide by those code of ethics. I have completed both an MA, Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.

As Associate Director of the London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy and course Director of the Naos Institute's Advanced Couples Diploma, I help train the next generation of specialist therapists.

Working with a qualified therapist can help you gain insight and control, move forward and grow. Together we can work towards solutions when you feel stuck, unhappy or are in crisis or simply want to explore an issue in your life.

I have experience working within the NHS and charitable organisations as a psychotherapist and psychosexual/relationship therapist including Whipps Cross University Hospital and Chelsea and Westminister Hospital (56 Dean Street sexual health clinic).

I have trained with the Couples Institute (USA) for one year under its founder Dr Ellyn Bader Phd author of 'In Quest For The Mythical Mate' and 'Tell Me No Lies'. The institute takes a developmental approach to relationship work drawing on different therapeutic approaches. I was with the Institute for a number of years and now train at the advanced level.

I have two practice locations:

Central London W1: Located in central London and well served by public transport. Stations nearby include Goodge Street (6 mins), Oxford Circus (8 mins) Tottenham Court Road (8 mins), Great Portland Street (10 mins), Warren Street (11 mins). The area is within easy reach of the West End, Soho, Euston, Bloomsbury, Kings Cross and The City.

Kent CT5: On the north Kent coast in Whitstable and just over an hours drive or rail journey from London.
I am located just a 5 minutes walk from Whitstable train station, the harbour and town centre. There is dedicated parking if coming by car. Whitstable is well served by local buses, rail and road and so is easily accessible from Canterbury, Herne Bay, Faversham and the rest of Kent.

Online: I offer online appointments to clients across the UK using Zoom.

I take an integrative approach that incorporates a number of therapeutic schools of thought, including humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in a therapeutic plan designed to meet your needs. The therapeutic relationship is boundaried, confidential and non-judgmental and is the basis from which I will facilitate a process for you to explore your situation and bring about change if necessary. This is done through support, empathy, challenge, analysis and interpretation. This may involve looking at the impact of your past and present circumstances. The process will increase your awareness of, and responsibility for your situation, which will give you choice and enable you to shift your situation while working through any defences and resistance to change. You will be free to explore thoughts and feelings, positive or negative, and use the relationship to explore your authentic self without danger of rejection from myself.

Clinical Supervision
In addition, I work as a Clinical Supervisor offering supervision to psychotherapists and counsellors. I have a Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision. I hope to add value to and support therapists professional development. If you are a counsellor or psychotherapist looking for supervision, please feel free to contact me. I supervise therapists privately, at the mental health charity MIND and trainee counsellors at the University of East London. As well as general supervision, I can offer supervision to counsellors and therapists working with couples, clients with relationship diversity and psychosexual issues.

Teaching engagements

I am a qualified teacher and teach students and qualified therapists. Teaching and training experience is detailed below.

Training, qualifications & experience

QUALIFICATIONS:
MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy (3 years)
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy (2 years)
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (2 years)
Certificate in the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy (1 year)
Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision (1 year)

EXPERIENCE:

Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust: Covid19 Frontline Staff Counsellor

MIND: Clinical Supervisor

Canterbury Christ Church University: Student Counsellor
Kent County Council: Staff Counsellor
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital: Psychosexual Therapist
Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust: Psychotherapist
London Diploma Low-cost clinic: Assessor
London Friend: Counsellor & assessor
British Red Cross: Psychosocial Support Delegate - Part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Rapid Deployment Team. Providing emotional and practical support to British nationals caught up in disasters overseas. Postings include Sri Lanka (Tsunami); Egypt (Dahab bombings); Cyprus (Lebanon evacuation); Saudi Arabia (Coach crash)

TEACHING:

Naos Institute: Advanced Couples Diploma: Director
London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy: Associate Director
British Red Cross: Psychosocial Support Trainer
University of East London: Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy: Visiting Lecturer and Supervisor
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bereavement trainer

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.

COSRT

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)

COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.

All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

Couple therapy: £120 per session

Individual therapy: £80 per session

Clinical supervision: £60 per session

I offer a limited number of discounted sessions

When I work

Face to face appointments in London and Kent. Online appointments for anyone across the UK via Zoom. Weekday and evening appointments.

Whitstable, Kent, CT5

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

I work as a Clinical Supervisor offering supervision to psychotherapists and counsellors, whether in training or qualified.

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