Life is a journey which can be complex and challenging.
At times we thrive on this journey with enthusiasm and courage. But often we struggle with feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness, despair and shame. We can feel confused or overwhelmed. We may even feel that we are falling apart if a traumatic life event takes place. At such times it can be useful to see a therapist.
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist who brings warmth, energy and sensitivity.
I have worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors for thirty years. I have experience of working with individuals, couples, families and groups. My therapeutic work experience includes working with young people in local authority care, as a drug and alcohol counsellor, a school counsellor, a clinical manager for a counselling service in North London, a telephone counsellor for an employment assisted programme.
In my private practice I work in a way that is described as integrative. This means that I work with clients in a way that encourages the individual to explore areas of his/her life that are causing concern, distress or anxiety. Different theories and techniques may be considered. I see therapy as a journey which the client and myself embark on. This can be exciting as well as challenging and it is my job to ensure the client can stay with this process in a safe and supportive environment.
I offer both short and long term work. This will be discussed when we first meet for an assessment.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate for the qualification in social work (CQSW)
Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Advanced Diploma in Existential Counselling (ADEP)
Currently undertaking training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Repetition of negative relationships
Life changes related to life stages such as adolescence, middle age and retirement
Lack of direction and purpose
Experiences of bullying in the workplace
Loneliness and isolation
I charge £65.00 for 1:1 sessions. Each session lasts for 50 minutes, including the initial session. I charge £75.00 for couples and each session lasts for an hour
If a session cannot be attended, if at all possible I will try to reschedule it. But if this is not possible then the missed session must be paid for if less than 48 hrs notice is given.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA).
I was a member of the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) for the UKCP from 2012 - 2015
I am a qualified social worker and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (hcpc)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer supervison to therapists.View supervision profile