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Counsellor & CBT Therapist

About me

Hello, my name is Rita and I am a CBT Therapist, a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist offering affordable counselling in South London.

I work with a variety of issues including:

  • anger management
  • relationship difficulties
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • bereavement
  • stress
  • addictions
  • self-harm
  • abuse
  • bullying
  • sexuality

I have had a varied career working in a variety of settings including healthcare services, public services, and charitable agencies and I currently run my own practice from West Norwood and Clapham.

Over the years, I have gained extensive experience supporting people with emotional and psychological issues, working psychodynamically (linking present difficulties with the past). I believe that it is important to understand and accept past experiences and history in order to fully appreciate and make sense of the present situation, and therefore be able to plan for the future.

I offer a safe and confidential space where you can explore what is important to you, and through this increase your self-awareness and knowledge about your own needs.

Getting in touch...

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, then I welcome you to get in touch today. You can either call or text me on 07533874902 or click here to send me an email.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative counselling.
  • Certificate in Person-centred and Psychodynamic Counselling.
  • Foundation degree in CBT, Dip in NLP and Intercultural Counselling.

I have years of professional training, which included substantial clinical experience and personal psychoanalytic therapy, as well as theoretical and academic attainment.

As an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedures therein. I am also a UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor. As an Accredited member of BACP I am committed to Continuing Professional Development and seek to develop and inform my work with my clients. As the Accreditation requires, I have frequent and ongoing supervision of my work.

I have extensive experience supporting people with emotional and psychological issues, I also work with problems arising from cultural difference and their impact on our sense of identity and on relationships.

I worked for 3 years in Wandsworth victim support counselling services and have clinical experience in various therapeutic settings. This included supporting victims of crime, such as:

  • domestic violence
  • sexual abuse
  • bullying

I have also worked for Open Door Counselling Agency in Carshalton, where I gained invaluable experience in working with young people, as well as adults, with depression, loss of confidence, low self-esteem and panic attacks. Alongside this, I worked as a therapist at Croydon University Hospital supporting individuals with anxiety and depression.

As well as having my own practice, I currently work as a clinical supervisor for a bereavement agency.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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)

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

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

Over the years, I have engaged in personal and professional development. This has included:

  • Working with Diversity and Difference
  • Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence
  • Working with Child Sexual Abuse
  • Working with Childhood issues of Attachment and Loss
  • Working therapeutically around endings
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Working with people affected by Trauma, Addictions, Anxiety, Depression and Stress related illness
  • Issues relating to body image, life transitions, womanhood and identity, self-development and personal expression


£65.00 per session

Additional information

  • Individual therapy: £65 per 60-minute session
  • Couple therapy: £75 per 60 minute session
  • Clinical Supervision: £65 per 60-minute session

When I work

I am able to offer early morning, daytime and evening appointments. Saturday morning appointments are available on request. Sessions can also be offered via telephone, Skype and Zoom.

Further information

I work in West Norwood, in easy reach of two train stations in West Norwood and Streatham Hill. The area is served by bus routes 315, 417, and near bus routes 68, 468, 322, 2, 432 & 196 and there is free parking available.

I can also offer counselling in Clapham (SW4), 5 mins from Clapham Common and Clapham South Tube Stations.

As part of my work, I am able to offer clinical supervision, support counselling students and already established therapists.

I can offer early morning, daytime and evening appointments.

Please contact me on 07533874902 or by email.

Uffington Road, West Norwood, London, SE27 0ND

Clapham, London, SW4 7UH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

  Throughout my training I have gained personal experience of being in both group and individual supervision and have worked within NHS, voluntary organisations and private practice settings; I have a range of experience working with counselling students from different courses; ranging from Certificate, through to Diploma qualifications.

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