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MBACP Humanistic Counsellor & Psychotherapist

About me

I have both evening and daytime appointments available and provide a place where you can explore your feelings, thoughts and experience. I am a humanistic therapist with over 16 years of experience working in London. I work with a focus on the relationship with myself and the client, acknowledging that the client is the expert on themselves.   
My training is integrative and my work reflects and is influenced by Gestalt, T.A. and Formative psychology.

Counselling and Psychotherapy are linked and similar, I am trained in both.

Counselling is often described as a type of talking help for particular issues and support is given with a focus of working within a time limited framework; it is sometimes viewed as short term support.

Psychotherapy is also concerned with issues, however as a psychotherapist I view my role as working with the whole person, how they experience themselves and who they are in the world. I am interested in and work with behaviour, actions, thoughts and attitudes, and our emotional self.
One person experiencing depression may feel 'stuck' or 'shut down' and have difficulty coping with everyday responsibilities. Whereas another person describing depression may be experiencing anxiety, and feelings of being overwhelmed which they are struggling to manage in a life that is busy. One individual's pace and journey of exploration can be very different to another’s, therefore psychotherapy is open ended and can continue for as long as the client desires it.

As a humanistic therapist I am interested in each persons uniqueness and seek to get to know and understand his/her story and their process. I do this through engaging with dialogue, and developing a working alliance so that we can explore together the issues that you bring.
Our history is connected to who we are today; working with difficulties from our past with a view to how they impact our current life we can transform our relationship to these experiences by forming a new perspective. Facing hurtful or painful experiences often takes courage and therapy can provide a safe and confidential place where you can take risks with someone beside you.

We form ourselves and shape our lives in our individual way and therefore I value difference and work in many different ways. The theory and practice of gestalt therapy and formative psychology inform my work. I have an integrated approach to my work and seek ways of working that will best support each unique client. I bring qualities of compassion, empathy and care to my work and my clients.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified and BACP registered humanistic psychotherapist

My training, supervision and ongoing professional development is at Spectrum, a UKCP accredited centre for humanistic psychology

I have been working as a therapist since 1999. For several years I worked with adolescents and their families in a school setting. For four years I worked with adults who are violent, facilitating a programme that offered individual and group work. In 2004 I started working in private practice with individuals and couples, I also run an on going women's therapy group.

Member organisations


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

Relationship with self
Personal development
Couples work

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£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fee is £70 for individuals and £75 for couples.
I work for 45 minutes individual sessions and 1 hour couple sessions.

I do offer limited spaces for those on low income and will negotiate my fee.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday to Thursday

Further information

I am a humanistic therapist with over 15 years of experience working in London
I work with a focus on the relationship with myself and the client, acknowledging that the client is the expert on themselves.   
My training is integrative and my work reflects and is influenced by Gestalt, T.A. and Formative psychology.

I continue to engage in personal therapy, supervision and ongoing post graduate training, and I see these elements as essential in supporting me and my belief in on going personal and professional development.

I work with individuals, couples and families.

My practice is in Lower Leytonstone E15

I work for 1 hour sessions.

Stratford, London, E15

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults