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About me

flat-entrance-with-border-s.gifI am a qualified psychotherapist/counsellor and have been working in this field with individuals and couples since 2000. I also have experience of providing supervision to others practising in this field, since 2008. I am based at my practice in Welling, near Bexleyheath. In addition, I see clients from the following areas : Bexley, Blackheath, Lewisham, Woolwich, Plumstead, Falconwood, Eltham, Sidcup, Shooters Hill, South East London and Kent.

I believe that it is important to create a respectful relationship with my clients. This means that we will work together in a confidential, non-judgemental space that enables you to express whatever is troubling you. From my experience this way of working at your own pace, can help you to face your issues which can lead to positive changes in your life.

Fundamental to my practice is my view of people that is characterised by an accepting, respectful attitude. This helps to create a safe, secure space that allows free expression of personal issues, or problems.

My work includes :

a) An exploration of how current problems may be connected to past relationships and events.

b) Exploring issues around anxiety. Helping clients to address the cause of their anxiety can improve their quality of life and their potential for change. Kevin Spacey's statement in American Beauty : " it's a great thing when you realise you still have the ability to surprise yourself ", clarifies an engagement with life where change is integral to health.

I am a recognised provider of counselling/psychotherapy services for a number of Private Health Insurance companies, including : Aviva Health, Exeter Family Friendly, Simply Health, Cigna, Pru Health and WPA . Since 2007, I have been able to help many people who hold such a policy. I am also a BUPA recognised counsellor and psychotherapist.

Training, qualifications & experience

1991-1994 London Guildhall University : BSc(Hons) Psychology
1996 (June)-1996 (October) City University : Foundation Training in Existentialism
1997 (June)-1997 (October) Gestalt Centre : Certificate in Counselling Skills
2000 (January)-2001 Regent's College : Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling/ Psychotherapy
2000 (January)-2004 Regent's College : M.A. in Counselling/Psychotherapy
2003 (January)-2006 (January) Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education :
Diploma in Counselling/Psychotherapy
2005 (October)-Present : Membership of BACP
2006 (November)-Present : UKCP Registration

Therapy Related Experience

1997 (September)-1998 (June) : Bondway Housing Association : Volunteer helping/
befriending the Hostel's residents
1999 (September)-2000 (July) : Victim's Support : Befriending/counselling victim's of crime
2001 (July)-2004 (October) : Crayford Centre : Voluntary Counsellor/ Psychotherapist for users of the Centre
2003 (August)-2005 (September) : Dartford Mind : Voluntary Counsellor/ Psychotherapist for Mind users
2007 (May)-2007 (November) : Maudsley Addiction Clinical Psychology Services :
Voluntary Psychotherapist for Substance Abuse clients
2004 (November)-Present : Psychotherapist/Counsellor in private practice
2007 (January)-Present : Employee Assistance Programmes : Short term Counselling
2007 (February)-Present : Supervision provided to Counsellors/Psychotherapists and Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees
2014 (August)-Present : Bupa recognised Counsellor/Psychotherapist

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In my experience as a psychotherapist/counsellor in private practice, I have worked with a wide range of people with a broad range of problems that include : depression, anxiety, stress, self harm, personality disorders and concerns about work/life balance.

I have worked with many people who have had a wide range of issues that impair their ability to function effectively in the workplace. This work is focused on finding specific solutions to defined problems.

I have provided counselling for people training to be counsellors/psychotherapists. The focus for this work has been their personal issues regarding their life, their course and its academic and placement requirements. I have also supervised counselling students for many years.


From £40.00 to £80.00

Additional information

On a sliding scale from £40 to £80 for each 50 minutes to an hour session.
Possible reductions for those on a low income, such as therapy trainees.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss my availability.

When I work

I practice psychotherapy/counselling in the mornings, afternoons and evenings from Monday to Friday.

Further information

The first session is an opportunity for you to discuss your current problems and for me to clarify my therapeutic approach, in terms of how I would work with you.

My practice is a five minutes' walk from Welling B.R. and is on the cusp of S.E.London, being near to Woolwich, Blackheath, Lewisham, Eltham and Shooters Hill.

69a Bellegrove Road, Welling, Kent, DA16 3PG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

Supervision available.

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