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BSc. Psych, PGDip. Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

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)

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.

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Fees can be reduced according to your circumstances. 

When I work

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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

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Additional languages

Spanish

Online platforms

Zoom

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