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Reg. (Accred) MBACP

About me

Relationships in our past influence our present, break the cycle, understand yourself and decide to change. Seeking support can seem like a failure or weakness, but rest assured it is the most courageous thing a person can do.

I have an MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and MSc Health Psychology and have worked in the field of welfare for the last 15 years in corporate, charitable, higher education and NHS settings as well as in my private practice. In each role, I have been involved in the care and psychological wellbeing of children and adults.

I hold a qualification in Clinical Supervision and am a Registered Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As a BACP member, I abide by their ethical framework.

I work with clients to explore emotional experiences. I have worked with the following presentations:

Abuse, Addictions, Anger Management, Bereavement, Childhood issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Low self-esteem/confidence, Relationship issues, Sexuality and sexual issues, Stress, Health problems, work related issues, as well as others.

I offer open ended psychotherapy and short term counselling, dependent on your needs. What I recommend is an initial consultation where we meet and explore if we can work together. I assess your needs and give you feedback, based on this we decide together what would be most beneficial for your wellbeing. I offer one to one counselling for individuals and couples.

Once counselling/psychotherapy has begun we meet weekly and explore what you bring, I use interpretation and analysis to explore what may be underlying and make links between your feelings, behaviours both historic and present. After this you may wish to make changes to your relationships or self, but you will begin to assess your life in different ways. Your perceptions may change or you may become more self-assured, whatever the result, I aim to connect your unconscious behaviour to your conscious mind and help you develop the skills to do this without me.

When we end, you will be more able to support yourself, and also seek the correct support from others should you need to.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Trauma
  • Data Protection / Caldicott Principles
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • MSc Psychodynamic Counselling
  • MSc Health Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Biosciences

Current Experience:

  • Director of Student Wellbeing Services, University of Reading

Past Experience:

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapist - Richmond, Surrey
  • Operations Manager at Anchor - The Counselling Practice
  • Student Counsellor at Roehampton University
  • Clinical Team Lead, Europe at Workplace Options
  • Voluntary Psychodynamic Counsellor at Wimbledon Guild

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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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

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£70.00 per session

Additional information

My rates reflect my years of experience and increase annually to reflect the same. 

For in person or online Psychotherapy/Counselling: Each 50 minute session is £70, (for twice weekly sessions my rate is £60 per 50 minute session). 

For in person or online Couples Counselling: Each 50 minute session is £120

For Supervision: £70 per clinical hour for one-to-one. Group rates vary.

For Continuing Professional Development: Please contact me to discuss what CPD you are looking for.

When I work

I am currently offering Online only appointments until further notice. 

Further information

Please feel free to visit my linkedin page.

I am registered with BUPA and AXA insurance as a provider.
I am registered with Validium Group as an associate counsellor.

I have space for Therapists to use the room on days when I am not in practice, contact me for further information.

Brentford, Brentford, TW8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I work in an office in a lift operated building close to two stations, Brentford overground and Boston Manor.

Additional languages

Urdu, Hindi.

Online platforms



In person

I am psychodynamically trained, but offer Supervision in Integrative style to suit Counsellors and Psychotherapists from all modalities.

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