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(Reframe Counselling)

About me


I am an experienced Relationship, Couple and Psychosexual therapist trained at the TCCR in London.

At the heart of my work is a profound interest in the dynamics and complexities of relationships - those in the arena of work and career as well as the more personal family ties and sexual partnerships. We are social beings, thus the part that relationships play in our lives underpins the foundation of our individual wellbeing.


In private practice between London and Brighton, I work within a psychodynamic framework and integrate behavioural and coaching techniques where required.
The help that I offer ranges from short term, goal orientated work, to a more classical, long term approach focused on a deeper and more personal exploration of either oneself or the couple.

My work covers the lifespan of our relationship issues.

Pre Marital Work -

With the changing face of our relationships making the chances of long term success of relationships difficult, it can sometimes be helpful for couples to think about the pre marital contract.  The conversations around a shared value system , gender roles, career and child care decisions alongside the longterm  financial implications of the marital status, can sometimes be helped by a trained third party. If these issues are aired at the very beginning it helps build a solid basis for the marriage rather one based on assumption.

Relationship Crisis-

During the lifespan of a relationship there are the milestones that can really benefit from a safe space to explore. Disconnection, parenting challenges, loss of sexual drives, affairs,  illness, career stress are just some of the difficulties that couples face and they change the couple dynamic causing stress, crisis and difficulty. Having a trained person to talk these through with can make the difference between withdrawal, loneliness and disappointment to increased communication, reconnection and a rekindling of the relationship.

Sexual Difficulties -

Again the changing face of relationships is challenging attitudes to sex, fidelity and gender. Unite this with the stress of career and relationships and couples are looking at sex and its role in their relationships in an entirely different way. From sexual dysfunction to pornography, polyamoury vs affairs, loss of desire to cyber sex, there are new challenges to be faced. As a psychosexual therapist I hope to be able to help individuals and couples face, discuss and find ways to manage these new issues.

Divorce & Seperation -

It is sometimes highly effective to work with me before mediation and/or lawyers. Sometimes, these conversations provoke thought and perhaps a rethinking. However if not, when the emotional issues can be explored and contained before the work of practical separation is done, it can help a couple make the transition from their couple relationship to its new form.

Autistic Spectrum Conditions & ADHD.

Over the course of my practice I have developed an interest in how these conditions impact a couple dynamic. I now offer couples specific education and behavioural  techniques to help understand and manage the difficulties that can rupture the relationships if not managed.

This work is highly specialised and I have learnt these skills from therapists based in the US where some of these  conditions have been recognised longer than here in the UK.

Training, qualifications & experience

Member of COSRT (accred), BACP, UKCP.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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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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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

Fees range from £80.00 - £195.00 per session. The fee structure is dependant on the specific issue and the location.

When I work

Within two weeks of initial contact

1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5DY

23, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BD

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults