I am a BACP Accredited and Registered Counsellor / Psychotherapist who offers short and long term therapy. Referrals come from EAP schemes, Healthcare companies, GP practices and private clients. I am also an Advanced Practitioner Member of Addiction Professionals [AP APM]; with extensive experience working with those who have addiction and childhood issues. I have particular interest and experience working with Introverts, introversion and those working through the mid-life transition.
Sessions take place at Sheen Therapy Centre [SW14] on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. Cost is £65 per session, and I work on a one-to-one basis with people aged 18 years and above. I also offer video sessions whilst Covid restrictions continue to be in place.
Psychodynamic; Relational; Existential; Jungian; Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc [Hon] Applied Psychology. University of Wales, Cardiff. 2001
- MSc Drugs in Society; policy & intervention. Middlesex University. 2007
- PG Diploma Counselling Psychology. Roehampton University. 2009
- British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Accredited Member [MBACP: 024221]
- Addiction Professionals. Advanced Practitioner Member [AP APM: 1733]
- Counsellor & Psychotherapist [Private]
- EAP Counsellor [Private]
- Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapist [NHS]
- Staff Counsellor [NHS]
- Addictions Therapist [Voluntary]
- Addictions Care Co-ordinator [Voluntary]
- Dual Diagnosis Worker [NHS / Voluntary]
- NHS Team Leader [Learning Disabilities]
- Assistant Psychologist - Forensics [Private]
Recognised Healthcare Provider for:
- AXA PPP, Bupa, Aviva, PruHealth, WPA, Exeter Family Friendly, Cigna, Simply Health.
- Health Assured [EAP]. WSM Well Being [EAP]. Care First [EAP]. Workplace Options [EAP].
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Introversion, Highly Sensitive Personality, Introverts.
£70.00 per session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Initial Assessment & Regular Sessions
£65 per 50 minute session [face to face]
Concessions for Key Workers
Mondays, Tuesdays [online only], Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.
Mondays, Tuesdays [online only], Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.
Is Short or Long term therapy the most appropriate?
Short term therapy focuses upon recent or "out of character" issues. For example, coping with a recent bereavement, highlighting and managing sources of stress, or a difficult aspect of a relationship, may be things which bring people for short term therapy. There is [usually] a fairly clear focus agreed upon from the outset and this provides a framework for the subsequent sessions.
Employment Assistance Programmes and Healthcare companies normally fund between 5-8 sessions and whilst the goal is ostensibly a return to employment, what you actually discuss may have nothing to do with work. It may be stress at home, financial or physical health difficulties to mention a few. People come to therapy for all number of reasons.
For issues which have a longer history such as repeating patterns of behaviour in relationships, a difficult and traumatic childhood, or a long standing addiction issue for example, the duration of therapy will be longer. There are many reasons why this is the case, not least because the actual experiencing of the relationship between therapist and client [which takes time] is fundamental to effective long term therapy.
What's the right approach to search for?
Although there are numerous theoretical approaches to therapy, it is the quality of the relationship between therapist and client which can account for up to 80% of "success". It can be good to read a little before choosing your therapist, if only to see if you intuitively agree with their ideas and theories, but ultimately it is how you feel in their presence which counts.
Will I be told what to do?
No. While this can be a real disappointment to people coming for therapy it is a basic fact that no-one can make decisions for you but you. Intentionally therapy takes place within a relationship whereby decision-making and responsibility is geared towards the patient/client.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes - but with conditions. It’s a fundamental part of therapy that you feel comfortable and trusting enough to share embarrassing, crazy thoughts or feelings. We all have them. The only caveat to this is that if there is the potential for real harm to oneself or another person then confidentiality may be compromised.
What if I cannot make a session - will I be charged?
If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice then you will be charged.
How often do sessions take place?
Usually once weekly.
Can I refer a family member or friend?
It’s best if the person requiring therapy makes contact.
Can I get sessions by way of my GP
You may be able to; but this will normally only be for short-term therapy [8-12 sessions]. Discuss the possibility with your GP [some will agree to funding therapy of your choice].
How about healthcare insurance?
Yes, the companies I am registered with are listed on this page. Each pays for a different amount of sessions. Usually this is around 5 - 8 sessions.