I am an experienced psychotherapist, offering short and long term therapy to individuals, couples, and families. My training (in various models / methods) enables me to provide a safe containing space in which we can, together, explore and work towards sustainable change.
‘The difference that makes the difference…’
Family and Systemic psychotherapist
Family & Systemic Therapy provides effective help for people with an extraordinarily wide range of difficulties. The range covers childhood conditions such as conduct and mood disorders, eating disorders, and drug misuse; and in adults, couple difficulties and severe psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia. Throughout the life span, it is shown to be effective in treatment and management of depression and chronic physical illness, and the problems that can arise as families change their constitution or their way of life.
Humanistic counselling (such as Person-centered) is a holistic approach that believes in the ability of people to reach their own potential. It facilitates growth of personal awareness through the clients experience within the counselling relationship. The integrative approach sees every individual as unique, therefore drawing from other approaches (such as Psychodynamic), enabling me to adjust to the needs of the client. The private practice has risen out of wealth of experience, I have gained over the years, enabling me to provide you with an individual therapeutic experience, opening doors to change and understanding.
My training also included Short Term Counseling, Psychiatry, Psychopathology and Psychodynamics, CBT.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy
Adv PG Dip Humanistic Integrative Counselling
As a member of:
- AFT (Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice)
- UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
- BAATN (The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network)
I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure therein.
I receive ongoing supervision.
Over the past 28 years, I have gained a range of experiences working with children, young people and families. I have gathered this experience in a variety of roles, which has included, family support worker, residential social worker, mobile intervention worker (working with young people within gangs and their families), clinical practitioner, and presently as a UKCP registered Family & Systemic Psychotherapist (teaching and clinical practice role).
I feel privileged to have been in such influencing roles (both on myself, other professionals and clients), as I feel this has enabled and promoted my skills in being a competent practitioner, within teams, interagency working, being able to take on and understand the views of others, but also state my position/views in a constructive way.
I also have a private practice, in which I offer sessions to children, young people, individuals, couples and families, working with a range of difficulties and dilemmas.
"Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped". - African proverb
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Young People / Adolescents
Parent - Young person conflict
Adult, Couples, family relationship issues.
Therapy session fees
This is usually discussed over an initial telephone conversation. I charge on a sliding scale, dependant on the format of the session (individual, couple, family, groups).
I work on 50 minutes sessions for individual therapy, 60 minutes for couple and family therapy. A longer session can be arranged upon request.
Coming to see someone, to talk about highly personal issues and feelings, is not usually easy. However, talking to a trained professional is a good way to begin to ease the anxiety you are experiencing. Having the time and space, just for you to think about you, exploring what is hindering your well being.