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UKCP Reg, MBACP (Snr Accred), LLB Pg Dip

About me

I'll be continuing to work online during the lockdown. I'm finding that some people are seeking online therapy because the extra time to take stock of things is bringing up questions and a need for change. Others are finding that the isolation and lack of distraction are making underlying issues harder to deal with. Extra time with family, or away from them, can both be challenging.

I like to offer a safe, calm and supportive space to people who are facing difficulty in their lives. Do you have a sense of feeling confused, stuck or disappointed in relationships? Perhaps you want to talk about a disturbing loss or new circumstances. You might be facing change as you take on an unfamiliar role or pursue a new goal. Some people come to see me suffering from a lack of meaning or enjoyment in their lives.

We can discuss what you’re going through, begin to make sense of things, and find a way forward in your life. Some emotional difficulties and challenging situations are too much for one person to cope with by themselves. However, the two of us working together can help you manage how you feel, think creatively and consider the different choices you could make. Our time together is confidential, and you can take things at your own pace.

I can help with a variety of personal issues and relationship difficulties. I’m also happy to work with people who don’t yet know what the matter is – or who feel like everything has gone wrong. My particular interest is in people who are facing a change in their identity – perhaps a loss, a transition or a new role in life. I also specialise in workplace issues and the emotional challenges of professional life.

I'm based in SW2, and my practice location is convenient for Brixton, Clapham, Herne Hill, Dulwich, Battersea, Balham, Norwood, Tooting and Streatham.

Training, qualifications & experience

I’ve been working as a psychotherapist since 1999. After a number of years employed in private sector and NHS therapy services, I’m now in full-time private practice.

I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist following a psychoanalytic training at The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. I am also BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor following four years of training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute.

I’ve held various roles offering assistance to people suffering from difficulty or distress in their lives. I have experience as a practitioner, manager and supervisor across NHS, not-for-profit and private sector provision of therapy services. My previous roles have included managing the counselling service that provided talking therapies across GP surgeries in a London Primary Care Trust. Before my practice as a psychotherapist, I worked in the legal profession dealing with domestic violence, family and welfare issues.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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).

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a particular interest in workplace problems and organisational issues, such as workplace stress, bullying, redundancy and career change. I offer executive coaching and employee support, helping people to address the many pressures they face in the modern workplace. I have experience as both a manager and a trainer. I originally trained to be a solicitor and my workplace issues expertise is informed by my legal experience in the commercial sector, which has included roles in a city law firm and a large plc.

I offer clinical supervision to a wide range of qualified therapists as well as trainee practitioners. I have experience of supervising NHS, EAP, insurance and private practice work. My supervision qualification is The Minster Centre Diploma in Supervision.

As well as supervising psychoanalytic practitioners, I also enjoy working with therapists from other orientations who would like to integrate more psychoanalytic thinking into their practice. I work with trainees who are preparing for qualification or who are working on placement. Another area of interest for me is supporting practitioners who wish to go into private practice or transition into management roles.


£75.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

I see clients weekly or twice weekly and my fee is £75 per 50-minute session. A lower fee is possible for clients who would like to attend sessions twice-a-week or who can attend in the afternoon.

I’m a registered provider with all the main private medical insurers. If your policy covers psychotherapy sessions, I’d be happy to discuss the referral process when we first speak and, if you’d prefer, also contact your insurer to confirm the details of your referral.

I have a clear Enhanced Criminal Record Check from The Disclosure and Barring Service.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I currently have some spaces Monday through Thursday.

Further information

I’m always happy to hear from a potential client who would like to discuss whether the work I offer is suitable for them. Initially, we can arrange to have a conversation over the phone to explore what you’re looking for and whether my work could suit you.

I offer an initial face-to-face assessment over one or two sessions, during which we can explore any expectations or concerns that you have about therapy, and respond to any questions you have.

I work from a dedicated practice premises in Brixton Hill, a short bus ride from Brixton Tube. There is free parking during my practice hours. My consulting room is comfortable, quiet and private.

Brixton Hill, London, SW2 2TZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

There is a flight of stairs to access my consulting room.


In person

Coronavirus – during this period of restrictions on direct social contact I will be continuing to work online.

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