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About me

I have been a practising counsellor in North London for the past sixteen years and I offer a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space in which to explore your thoughts, worries, feelings, memories and anxieties. Talking with a person not part of your daily life can help you gain insight and understanding of yourself and relieve suffering.  I am experienced in helping clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, abuse, loss and transition and problems in later life after attending boarding school. I specialise in bereavement, loss and people who feel stuck in their lives and want to move on.  Change can be frightening and difficult.  The aim of talking through problems together is not only to relieve suffering but to enable you to enhance your life and live it more creatively.

I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed number of sessions.  We meet once a week on a regular day and time and therapy sessions last for 50 minutes.  I have a private practice on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings.    I do Voluntary counselling at the Marie Curie Hospice one morning a week. I do not work at weekends.

My counselling practice is just off the Caledonian Road.  The nearest tube stations are Kings Cross and Caledonian Road.  I am close to the Overground station so I am easily reached by those travelling from Stratford, the City and the West End.

Training, qualifications & experience

I studied integrative counselling at the Mary Ward Centre and received a Diploma in Counselling in 2004.  I have sixteen years experience as a therapist in North London and have worked for CCIWBS from 2004 - 2017 and Marie Curie for three years.

I also trained to be a bereavement counsellor with the Camden, City, Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service in 2004 and completed Bereavement Counselling Training with the Marie Curie Hospice in 2010.

I have attended courses with Nick Duffell on the difficulties encountered in later life after being sent to boarding school at an early age and how it impacts in a negative way on behaviour and relationships.

I am especially interested in bereavement counselling and helping people who find it hard to get over their grief and move on in their lives.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

There is a fee of £30 for the first consultation payable at the first meeting,  I work on a sliding scale and if you wish to have therapy with me we will agree a fair fee of around £30 per session (including missed sessions).  In special circumstances I can offer concessions.

When I work

I am available on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays  9 - 12. I do not work at weekends.

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults