There are so many counsellors to choose from. Deciding who will be right for you can feel a bit overwhelming. So why choose me?
I work in a warm, down to earth, conversational way. As a Humanistic therapist, I respect the individuality of each person with whom I work and their unique life experiences.
While our histories continue to impact us in the present, this is not all we are. I am interested in how we manage ourselves in response to our experience everyday.
I use appropriate and effective ways of working to ensure therapy is specific to your needs. Therapy can be open-ended or short-term for as long as you find it valuable and useful in your life.
Areas of particular interest include:
- Building self-esteem and learning self-care techniques.
- Managing anxiety and panic.
- Creating and managing satisfying relationships with partners, family, friends and colleagues.
- Conflict and anger management.
- Work and career issues.
What previous clients have written:
"I feel like a small cloud has been lifted, so thank you for that."
"Thank you for your time and support. I know we've only been having these sessions for a short period of time, but I'm finding it so helpful."
"Just thought about you recently and wanted to send you a quick “thank you” email. Now, with certain perspective, I appreciate our sessions even more. I think you helped me a lot. When I look back I can see now how much I have changed during the last few months. And I guess it all started during our sessions. So – thank you very much!"
"Thank you for your support, wise counsel and guidance over the last few months. You have helped me to navigate through some very bumpy roads."
"I don't think I have ever done something as rewarding and valuable for me in my whole life... I wanted to be able, by letter, to hopefully get across how fantastic i think you are and that I couldn't recommend you highly enough. I really don't know how to thank you for the journey you've helped me start."
"Thank you for all your support and for being there. You have really made a difference."
"Many thanks for all of your time and expertise."
"Probably the most important thing for me to say is thank you, although the words themselves seem hardly enough to convey my gratitude for all you have done for me. In my darkest hours, you were my lighthouse offering me all kinds of illumination, including sometimes simply the reassurance that it was okay to feel my feelings, however uncomfortable or difficult they might have been. I learned to face some of my biggest fears, by dragging them into the light, I found myself stronger and wiser than I'd thought possible. For all this I am grateful, and these are the reasons I will now face the future confidently. I'll miss the safety and warmth of our time together over the years, our shared and familiar humour...I want you to know i'll never forget the time we have spent together. In the end, you've been a force in my life of such brilliance."
"Thank you so much for all your support this year. I've enjoyed our work together and look forward to future sessions."
Training, qualifications & experience
I became involved in my own personal development in 1996 and psychotherapy training in 2003.
In 2006, I worked as a therapist in the voluntary sector for Richmond Borough MIND for a year before starting in private practice. I have been working with individuals for over 12 years.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). This means my practice meets the standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner committed to professional standards of behaviour and practice.
I graduated from the Spectrum training programme which is a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) member organisation. I abide by their code of ethics & practice.
As part of my training, some of the courses I completed were:
- Oxford Cambridge & Royal Society of Arts (OCR) Certificate in Counselling Skills.
- Spectrum Course in Counselling Skills.
- Spectrum One Year Course in Psychotherapy.
- Spectrum Post Graduate Course in Psychotherapy.
- Spectrum Working with Couples.
- College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) Introduction to Working with Couples.
I have a strong commitment to my own ongoing professional development, supervision and personal therapy.
With a BA (Hons) in Corporate Communication, Post Graduate Diploma and MA in Marketing, I previously worked in UK and international Qualitative Research for more than 13 years. My work involved moderating discussion groups, providing strategic consultancy and actively listening to and connecting with a diverse range of individuals. I also gained a rich understanding of career and workplace issues.
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.
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
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
- Managing relationships with friends or family members affected by schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or psychosis.
- Multicultural and identity issues.
- Movement Disorders inc. Dystonia.
£75 per hour for Individuals
£80 per hour for Couples
This may be the first time you have considered therapy, or you may be returning to it. Either way, you can call for an informal chat about how we might work together. If I am not available to answer your call, please leave a message and I will call you back.
If you decide to book an initial session, we will explore what brings you to therapy at this time. At the end of the session, we can decide if we would like to continue working together and book further sessions. You are not obliged to continue if you are not completely comfortable. And I will tell you if I think someone else would be a better fit for you.
I currently practice from two locations; Spectrum - A psychotherapy practice and training organisation in Finsbury Park and Parkway House - A private office in East Sheen.
Concessions offered for
Why choose psychotherapy & counselling?
Often a crisis or major life event starts us thinking about therapy or counselling for ourselves. We can also choose therapy at any point in our lives. We may want to learn more about ourselves, gain greater clarity on our thoughts and feelings, improve the quality of our lives and relationships, or unburden, have someone to talk to and tell our story.
Therapy gives us the time and space - in a safe, supportive and confidential environment – to reflect on what works for us in our lives and recognise changes we might like to make.
Therapy gives us greater awareness of our emotions and our behaviours. With this awareness, we feel more in control of our lives, are able to make informed choices as well as recognising more options available to us.
"Life is made of millions of moments.
We live only one of these moments at a time.
As we begin to change this moment, we begin
to change our lives."