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MSc MBACP Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Counsellor

About me

I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor based in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire and Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire.  Alongside private practice, I work as a university psychotherapist in Greater London. 

I offer both face-to-face and remote psychotherapy for either open-ended or time-limited practice, working primarily in a psychodynamic way and letting you take the lead whilst creating an environment of warmth, empathy and understanding.

Sometimes life can feel unmanageable- you may feel overwhelmed, troubled, or are experiencing emotional difficultly. Perhaps your thoughts feel confused and you don’t know where to begin. Talking in a safe, quiet and non- judgemental space can help to make effective changes in our lives and enhance our well- being so that life feels less difficult and better understood. Exploring unresolved issues and conflicts through psychotherapy can reduce fears and anxieties leading to the experience of a more fulfilled life.

Beginning therapy can feel like a big step and can feel frightening as well as hopeful. Finding the right therapist can enable you to understand things with more clarity, using this understanding to develop a different image of yourself and to help develop stronger relationships. 

Why Psychodynamic?

The psychodynamic frame aims to offer a holistic treatment approach, a more thorough examination of the self and recognises how current feelings can be linked to earlier life experiences. It is a way of thinking about ourselves and also ourselves in relation to others, allowing the opportunity to explore behavioural patterns and relationships where it might feel helpful. As a ‘talking therapy’ this can help us to understand how difficulties from the past can impact our present, therefore affecting our day-to-day habits, emotions, behaviours, relationships and our physical & mental health. 

About Me

Prior to psychotherapy, my career as a nurse working in the NHS, the private sector, schools and across clinical specialties has supported my understanding and compassion of both physical and mental health. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling (Birkbeck, London. BACP accredited course) 
  • Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF, London)
  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (UWE, Bristol) 

I am a member of BACP and BCA. I adhere to the code of ethics and professional conduct of these bodies

I have full professional indemnity insurance.

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

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Fees

Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Initial consultation session: £70

Ongoing sessions: £65

In some circumstances I may be able to offer lower cost sessions, please do discuss this with me if necessary.

Further information

If you would like to discuss beginning therapy then please telephone or email me and I will contact you to organise an initial consultation session. I aim to respond as quickly as possible and will arrange a brief conversation with you on the phone prior to our meeting. 

The initial consultation session will be 50 minutes long. It is an opportunity for us to talk through your reasons for seeking psychotherapy, for me to gather a brief background and for you to decide whether I am the right therapist for you.

For face-to-face sessions I practice from Little Chalfont and Rickmansworth. Both clinics are easily accessible by car and walking distance from the tube station (Metropolitan line). 

All contact with me is confidential. The only exception is if I believe you are at serious risk either to yourself or to others.

Little Chalfont, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7

Rickmansworth, WD3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom