I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Practising as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist means that I recognise that there are significant links between all approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. As different clients have different needs, one single approach does not suit everyone; I aim to be flexible, working in a way which most benefits my client.
I believe that the quality of the relationship between counsellor and client, rather than any particular theoretical model, is the most successful aspect of therapy. I encourage people to explore their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions.
*What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The term 'therapist' is used to include counsellors and psychotherapists: there is a significant overlap between the two in terms of the skills and approaches used. Counselling is often shorter term, sometimes focusing on a specific issue. Psychotherapy is a longer term process, involving a deeper exploration of past experiences in order to make sense of the present, and understand patterns which lead us to behave or experience life in certain ways.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited training) at CPPD Counselling School in 2006 and have worked in private practice since 2007. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I completed an Advanced Diploma and an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Minster Centre in 2012 (UKCP accredited training). My training involved humanistic and psychoanalytic approaches.
I am also a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (MA Hons) and also hold a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the University of Bristol. I have a background of working in education.
In addition to my private work, my counselling experience includes working as a counsellor in a school, a youth centre and in a GP practice.
I am fully insured to practise as a counsellor and have regular supervision in accordance with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) guidelines.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Cross-cultural issues, Disability, Family Issues, General Counselling, Identity, Illness, Life Changes
The fee for a 50 minute counselling session is currently £65 in the daytime and £70 for an evening session.
A concessionary rate may also be available, depending on your circumstances. Please ask for further details.
If you are interested in beginning counselling or psychotherapy, you can contact me to arrange an initial consultation. This will help us to establish what you want from the process and to see how we could work together.
I see clients in West Hampstead, London NW6 near to both underground and overground train lines.