My aim is to offer you acceptance, care, trust and a non-judgemental attitude. Together, we can explore your issues and work towards what is important for you.
I am a BACP Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist with MA, MEd and BEd (Hons) qualifications.
To support you, I will draw on my 15 years experience with clients' issues of anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, panic disorder, abuse, addictions, bereavement, anger management, attachment disorder, low self-esteem, emotional abuse, low self-confidence and relationship issues.
As an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist I use Person Centred, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive (CBT) approaches. To simplify these, I have summarised them.
You are the expert on your own life experience, and have the resources to cope with your issues and for your own growth. I will offer you unconditional positive regard, empathy and honesty .
Cognitive therapy (CBT)
Through this I would help you to see how your thinking can impact on your moods and behaviour. We can look at how negative thoughts can create distress for you. We can then challenge this thinking.
It may be that what happened to you when you were a child has affected your behaviour or thinking in your daily life. If you would like to explore anything in your past, I will share this with you. It could help you to try and make sense of some of your experiences and understand yourself a little better.
After attending an 8 week course of Mindfulness I found the experience quite profound and decided to incorporate it into my practice whenever it could be helpful for you. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally. I think it can be a valuable and practical way to manage many difficulties.
- I work with adult individuals.
- I offer 6 sessions initially. Further sessions will be discussed.
- I work during term-times only.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia), 2014 UCL Institute of Education
MA Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2010
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2008
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2005
MEd Special Educational Needs, 1999
B Ed (Hons), 1991
I use my experience from working with Sutton Counselling and Psychotherapy, GP surgeries, Re-think, Croydon carers, Wimbledon Guild, Wandsworth and Brixton prisons and in my private practice in SW London.
I have attended courses on eating disorders, self-harming, Transactional Analysis (TA), sleep, mindfulness, psychopathology and narcissism.
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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a passionate believer in the close connection between mind and body. I have practised yoga for over 15 years. Sometimes I suggest that yoga and mindfulness can help clients to cope with their issues.
£50 per 50min session.
£40 for students/unwaged/those experiencing financial difficulties.
Evening and daytime appointments available. I work during term-times only.
Easy access by car, bus or metro.
First floor access.
I am happy to answer any questions you have by e-mail or over the telephone,
if you are unsure whether to make an appointment.
The First Session
The first session is for assessment. I want you to feel free to ask any questions about counselling or raise any concerns. You can express whatever issues are troubling you, and decide if you think we can work together.
I see clients in a quiet, comfortable room, working from Peel Psychological Consultancy premises on Gosforth High Street.
There is a spacious waiting room.