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MBACP Accredited

About me

**I am currently offering therapy online and in person.  When working in person, I have a process in place to help keep each other safe in relation to COVID-19.**

Is life feeling too difficult for you right now?  Maybe you're struggling with anxiety or experiencing relationship issues or just not feeling 'quite right'?  Whatever is going on for you I would like to help.

My aim is to provide you with a 1-2-1 therapy space where you feel safe enough to explore what is going on for you and, from this, create positive change for yourself.

I find that the experience of being truly heard is so often missing from our lives – therefore feeling listened to, and understood, can provide fresh insight that helps bring about deeper personal understanding.

This, in turn, can lead us to see our difficulties more clearly and help us make changes that enable us to manage our lives more happily and successfully.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been practicing as a counsellor & pyschotherapist since 2009 and I’ve completed specialist online training in order to provide Online Therapy.  I have gained my BACP accreditation.  I am a Person-centred counsellor & psychotherapist – this means that I believe that you are unique and you have the innate ability to grow towards your own full potential.  Beyond individual therapeutic work, I completed training in working with groups in 2011 and since then I have worked with groups of young people, groups of therapy students and groups of adults within an NHS setting.

I didn’t take a direct career path into counselling. I spent many years working in the IT industry before deciding that I needed a new direction in my life – I signed up for an introductory counselling course and sought my own personal counselling – the experience was transformative. My initial training, and my positive experience as a counselling client, motivated me to proceed further and complete my full counselling and psychotherapy training.

I work in an LGBTQ Affirmative way and I welcome people from all lifestyle choices and sexual orientations.  I am continually informing myself about the breadth of cultural backgrounds and experiences that come together to make each one of us unique – I’d always hope to be able to meet you fully regardless of the differences between us.

My qualifications to date (most recent first):

  • MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications - Metanoia Institute - 2022
  • Working with shame - Carolyn Spring 2020
  • Talking about sex in the therapy room - Meg-John Barker 2020
  • Working with survivors of sexual violence - Rape Crisis 2017
  • Diploma in Online Therapeutic Counselling - Online Training For Counsellors 2015
  • Making Trauma Therapy Safer - with Babette Rothschild 2015
  • General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills - Online Training For Counsellors 2013
  • Group Facilitation - City Lit 2011
  • Diploma in Practitioner Counselling Skills (person-centred approach) - City Lit 2010
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills - City Lit 2008
  • Time Limited Counselling - City Lit 2008

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Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Our initial telephone or email consultation will be free of charge - let's work out whether we're right for each other without a financial commitment.

Standard session price is £55 a session.

I am 'recognised' by Aviva Health Insurance, AXA PPP Healthcare and BUPA therefore you can access my services through your healthcare insurance.

When I work

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I offer sessions during the daytime and evening on Monday's and Tuesday's. I also offer sessions during the daytime on Wednesday.

London, Lewisham, SE6

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

My therapy room is accessed via a large step up into the garden office.

Online platforms

Zoom

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