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Counsellor/Psychotherapist, MBACP (Accred)

About me

I recognise that at different times in our lives, we may experience issues and challenges that are overwhelming and difficult to cope with. This may be especially so as we face the challenge and experience of Covid-19.  I am finding that Covid-19 is adding another layer of stress or anxiety to whatever else is going on in people's lives, whether it be in relationships, work related stress, redundancy, bereavement or adjusting to life after contracting Covid-19.

I also acknowledge that it may be difficult to find the space or privacy to take your concerns or to focus on your own needs. I  offer therapy either face to face, by Zoom or telephone where we can explore any issues and difficulties or painful feelings you may be experiencing in a confidential environment where you will not be judged.

We may also explore past experiences as these may be linked to current difficulties. Although my core training was psychodynamic I will often incorporate some aspects of person-centred, solution focussed, or CBT theory into my practice.

I have extensive experience counselling at a Hospice and at a Cancer Support Charity, a GP surgery, and in my Private Practice. I have worked with many issues including: abuse, anger management, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, cancer and other chronic and life threatening illnesses, child related issues,  low self esteem, loss, relationship and family issues, stress, trauma, work related issues and more recently Covid-19.   I have worked with individual adults of all ages and from many different cultural and social backgrounds.

If you are looking for therapeutic help or are unsure whether it is for you, I hope that you will allow yourself to contact me.   Initially I will offer you an assessment where we can think about your difficulties, and decide together whether counselling/psychotherapy is appropriate for you at this time. 

I offer both long term and short term therapy.

I am a recognized Healthcare Provider with Aviva Health, BUPA, Nuffield Health, Cigna Healthcare, PruHealth and WPA.

My private practice is conducted from my consulting room in Stanmore and is accessible by car (parking available) or by public transport from London, Watford, Bushey, Edgware, Elstree, Borehamwood, Hatch End, Pinner, Oxhey, Shenley, St Albans,  and Hertfordshire.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling
  • Counselling for Depression (CfD) Counsellor
  • University of Hertfordshire Diploma in Person Centred and Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Cancer Support Certificate
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
  • I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and adhere to the strict ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • As well as Private Practice, I have extensive experience of counselling for a bereavement service, cancer support charity, a GP practice and in a Primary School.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cancer and chronic and life-threatening illnesses

Fees

From £65.00 to £70.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

£65-70  a session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Daytime and early evening

In addition to face to face I also offer counselling by telephone, Skype or Zoom.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults