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MBACP (Accredited)

About me

I help couples and adults find relief from pain, gain self awareness and find practical ways to improve their lives.

As a counselling client you might be seeking help with anxiety, stress, anger, low mood, depression, addiction, sexuality issues, bereavement, relationship difficulties, a sense of meaninglessness or low self-esteem. This is not a definitive list. I will work with you whatever you need help with.

Using psychodynamic, C.B.T. (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), transpersonal and humanistic therapeutic approaches, I will help you develop self-awareness, feel more control of your life, improve your relationships and find relief from emotional pain.

If you have work-elated issues such as a stalled career, leadership skills or managing change, I also work as an executive coach and lead team development training too.

I had a positive experience of being in psychotherapy myself after the painful loss of a partner. This overwhelming time inspired me to train as a therapist and offer this life-changing opportunity to others.

I write a column on emotional issues for men at MR PORTER. COM and have written on mental health and relationships for the Guardian, The Times and Telegraph newspapers. I have been on the teaching faculty at Alain de Botton's School of Life since 2010. At the School I lead classes and workshops on love and relationships, the art of conversation, calmness, death, confidence, work-life balance and realising your potential. The School of Life promotes helps people lead more fulfilled lives believing how to live is something that can be learned.

My private practice is in Kent and London. My therapy rooms are just moments from Queensway and Bayswater tube stations although currently all my work is conducted remotely via FaceTime, Zoom or Skype.

Sessions are 50 minutes and are held at the same time and place each week.

Our first meeting - the assessment - will give you a sense of working together will be like. It will also give us the chance to help you find exactly the right therapy for you. We will then form a contract agreeing the time, day and number of sessions - this can be revised and adapted as our work together develops.

I bring all of my academic, clinical and rich life experience into the work that we'll do together. Therapy is a unique healing relationship that is profoundly important as it offers us the chance to manage our lives in healthier and more meaningful ways.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling was BACP approved training. My Masters Degree from Queen Mary College, London University was awarded with Distinction.
I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I work according to the BACP ethical framework. I am listed on the National Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I am a Faculty member of The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com/) where I lead training in Effectiveness, Calmness, Adaptability, Resilience and many other emotional skills.

I have over 12 years of experience and have worked in the voluntary sector as a bereavement counsellor and in the NHS as a member of the Counselling and Psychotherapy team at Kings College Hospital. My continuous professional development (CPD) has recently been focusing on CBT for depression, addiction and working with couples.

I have written on love, relationships, addiction, meaning and families for many newspapers including the Guardian, the FT and Telegraph newspapers.

My rich life experience including living in the States for several years informs my work.

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

The search for meaning. The loss of direction in life, looking to find a new map or model of how to live. I work with couples and individuals.

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

First assessment sessions cost £65 for individuals, £95 for couples.

Subsequent sessions are £65 individuals. Couple sessions are £85.

When I work

Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm

Further information

I am an experienced, calm and able therapist. In a quiet, safe, confidential environment I will help you explore those parts of your life which are causing you trouble and distress. We will work together helping you towards a place of greater self-awareness and relief from pain. You are not alone.

Queensway, London, W2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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