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BSc, MBACP, UKCP Registered

About me

I am an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor and offer both short and longer term therapy depending on the needs of the client. During our lives, we meet many challenges and difficulties. Sometimes these worries pass and we can move on; at other times they are harder to understand. This can leave us feeling confused, anxious, isolated or depressed and may prevent us from living up to our potential.

Counselling can provide a safe place in which to tell our story, to explore the things that we are finding difficult at the moment, and to have the experience of really being heard by someone else.

Being heard with a compassionate and professional understanding is one of the most healing elements in a talking therapy, and in itself can allow us to explore the more painful aspects of our lives. This may lead to finding ways of being more at peace with ourselves, living more creatively and consciously, and freeing ourselves from the unhelpful emotional patterns that hold us back in our lives. Through this deep exploration, this soul journey, we can not only heal our deepest wounds but can possibly access hidden sources of wisdom and strength that can enhance aspects of our lives.

Although my approach in integrative, I would describe my predominant style of working as psychodynamic. Our relationship will often mirror relationships in your day-to-day life as well as those of early childhood. This means that the way that we work together and relate will be an important aspect of the work. Amongst other approaches, I also like to work with dreams and the creative imagination. It is through these that the therapist and client can explore both the psychological and soul issues that are calling to be addressed.


Counselling is an intervention which can help bring about constructive change. It can help you to discover your own answers and feel more in control of your life and relationships.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and am also a member of the UKCP.

Member organisations

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

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

For individual clients my fees are £50 per session and the sessions are 50 minutes.

For couples my fees are £75 per session and the sessions are 60 minutes.

I do offer concessions in certain circumstances.

Further information

I have private consulting rooms near the centre of St Albans and there is available parking.

50 Portland Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4RB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples