About me

Life is not always easy, to me, it is like a rainbow with different colours on it which can be our emotions; sometimes, we feel alone, and anything seems to go downward.  Having had therapy myself, I understand how important it is to have support to help us get through challenging circumstances.  I can say that having therapy can provide you with a space to be listened to, to be you and express any difficult feelings you might have.  Whether from feeling down, having strains within the family, parenthood, struggling with changes or new stages in your life, even a life-threatening illness or coping with an illness.   Having a space to talk is the most self-loving action one can do for ourselves.

How I work:

As an integrative psychotherapist, I use the arts and any approach that suits your needs and preferred form of expression.  I am also inclined to psychodynamic, person-centered, humanistic, attachment, mindfulness, arts, and body-mind approaches.

I can provide confidential, non-judgmental, open-minded sessions. It could be short-term, long-term, face to face or online sessions. 

During the first session, you can share specific issues you might want to work, as well as your hopes and goals for therapy.  We can discuss your commitment to a limited number of sessions, or you may want a more open-ended approach. In the sessions with me, I won't suggest what you should do, but help you to explore your options and increase your resources to progress and cope with your problems.  

The sessions are 50 mins long, we can use the arts or talking therapies, whatever suits you best.  My fees start from £55; concessions can be done depending on your circumstances. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I have supported children, adolescents, and adults for 7 years. I have gained significant experience working therapeutically with people of different ages, social and cultural backgrounds. I have worked in the education, private and public sectors. I have been supporting charities and public entities in English and Spanish.  As part of my work ethic is to make sure that I provide a supportive space where clients can find relief, become themselves, and feel empowered.

I have a BSc in Psychology at City University, a PGDip. in Integrative Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy (Middlesex University) and I am completing a MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy at TERAPIA (Middlesex University).

My experience includes supporting adults at MIND, Teléfono de la Esperanza (UK) and my own projects: Family Emotional Wellbeing project C.I.C. and "The Space".  In addition, I have supported therapeutically parents, adolescents and children at secondary and primary schools.  I worked for Kids Company and Schools Counselling Partnership Ltd.

I can offer support for a wide spectrum of psychological issues but are not limited to my experience.

  • Personality disorders
  • Depression, anxiety, stress, feeling sad
  • Low self-esteem
  • Identity/sense of self/dissociation
  • Learning disabilities, such as autism
  • Behavioural problems
  • ADHD, global developmental delay
  • Selective mutism
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Experiences of loss, such as bereavement and complicated
  • Bereavement and life transitions or change
  • Immigration and issues faced by people who are refugees
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Immigration problems
  • Domestic Violence: physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect
  • Life transitions and feelings of displacement

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Low fees can be review according your circumstances. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

I can offer session in English or Spanish

290 Mare Street
London
E8 1HE

London
Hackney
E5

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Additional languages

Spanish

Online platforms

Zoom

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