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MBACP (Accred), UKCP Reg

About me

I am a BACP Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist, with almost 30 years' experience, who worked in frontline NHS services (Hospitals and GP Surgeries) for the majority of my career, and now works exclusively in private practice. The three issues I am most proficient in treating are anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. (I count myself in the number of people I have helped out of those dark places.)

I chose an Integrative training because I am curious and open-minded about what works, and because research has proven that no one theory is in fact more effective than the others. The effectiveness of therapy depends on the quality of the therapeutic relationship, and, I would argue, the experience of the therapist.

I meet people from very different cultural backgrounds and life stages, with different belief and value systems, so, for me, it is imperative to have a versatile tool kit.

Yet, whilst making use of a combination of approaches and staying abreast of new trends and research findings in my field,  these days I no longer apply theory in dogmatic fashion. Instead, I am led by your unique experience of being in the world, and the inner beliefs that influence how you interpret events.  Years of practice have helped me hone a rather idiosyncratic, very authentic and collaborative way of being with my Clients,  and the Integrative approach I use offers a useful array of intervention points.

If you come to me - whether remotely or in person - you will be heard and taken seriously.

You will never be judged and no assumptions will ever be made about you. Everything you say will be treated with respect and held in absolute confidence.

Together, we will rediscover the inner power you somehow lost along your way, and we will harness it to face the battle ahead. You will remember or learn how to become more robust and adaptive.  And hopefully you will emerge as the hero or heroine of your life. Not the victim you once were.

Please contact me with any questions, I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Modular Certificate in the Fundamentals of Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • (All at Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Psychology.)
  • BA(Hons) in European Studies, French and German (Kent University)
  • French Baccalaureat A1 with Merit (Secondary School, Paris)

I read a lot and attend as many psychotherapy conferences as I can, but I have also become militant about factoring in time for self-care, and I urge my Clients to do the same.  Mindfulness, meditation, gardening and animals are my go-to place for restoration, but I understand that wouldn't necessarily work for everyone.  I have an excellent Supervisor who has been practicing for much longer than me, and who has supervised my (anonymous) cases for the past 15 years.  She never fails to shine the light in any potential blind spots.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, and relationship problems.

Conscious and unconscious difficulties in our relationship with our primary care-givers is where it all starts.  This, along with our unique personality traits, adverse childhood experiences, birth order, genetics and hormones, deeply affects how we adapt to relate to significant others, but also, most importantly, to our own inner Self.  In my view, relationship problems are what underlie all other difficulties such as identity, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addiction, self-harm, suicidal ideation etc.

These are all consequences of early relationship problems.

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£70.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Unemployed

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Weekdays - during the day and evenings, and Saturdays - but please contact me to check my availability as I tend to be fully booked.

68 Berrymead Gardens, Acton, London, W3 8AB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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