Currently offering Skype and telephone sessions.
I am an Integrative Counsellor and specialise in depression, stress, anxiety, relationships and bereavement along with many other presenting issues. Research has shown that the talking therapies are beneficial to all individuals. When you feel that you can’t work out your emotional problems alone and are experiencing difficult life events, it is sometimes easier talking to a stranger. As a fully professional accredited counsellor, I will help you explore the issues, find your own answers and recognise choices that are available to you. Many of my clients have difficulties in coping with daily activities but through our work together, they find the support that I am able to offer them helpful and extremely beneficial. Significant life events impact on personal wellbeing, counselling can provide clarity, understanding and coping strategies to see you through these difficult times. I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for my clients and this promotes the development of a trustful and respectful relationship. I realise that meeting face to face can be very difficult for some clients and therefore, I also provide online Skype counselling.
So what happens in the first session?
There is an informal assessment. I will ask you to begin by telling me what the issues are that have brought you to counselling. I know it can be a very daunting time meeting a counsellor for the first time but I will try to make you as comfortable as possible. We are just two people that have come together in a therapeutic setting, an opportunity for you to tell me your story. I may ask you some questions but these will be minimal. If you feel that you would like to continue with the sessions then we can meet at a mutually agreed day and time.
I currently work within my own private clinical practice and offer short term and long term therapy. I attend supervision which allows me to reflect on my practice in order to maximise my clients’ experience of therapy and assist them towards therapeutic change.
I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I adhere to the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training was completed at Roehampton University within the school of Human and Life Sciences and I was awarded a BSc Honours degree in Integrative Counselling. My core training has been in Psychodynamic, Person Centred and Existential Phenomenology. Utilising different modalities allows me to work effectively with clients and their presenting issues. The following is a brief outline so that you can get a sense of how I work.
Psychodynamic Counselling – is not as long term as Psychoanalysis. In a counselling setting, the psychodynamic counsellor places importance on the presenting issues but also places great importance on past experiences. The counsellor aims to assist the client to understand how past experiences may have contributed to present day issues.
Person Centred – Non-directivity is central to the person centred approach. It allows the client to take control and feel empowered in the process of therapy. In order for therapeutic change to take place, the counsellor applies the core conditions of genuineness, empathy and unconditional positive regard to the client.
Existential Phenomenology – Focuses on concerns that are rooted in an individual’s existence. It helps people look at responsibility and freedom of choice in moving forward and changing their way of being.
I worked for a children's charity in London and I counselled parents and teaching staff of supported children; counselling adults was seen as an extension of the child's support. I was attached to three inner London schools and have worked with many diverse ethnic groups, therefore, I recognise the importance of transcultural counselling. I am able to enter the therapeutic space with my clients without any preconceptions or cultural assumptions.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session (Individuals)
£90.00 per session (Couples)
Lower cost sessions offered on Mondays and Tuesdays 09:00-16:00 hours
£50 per session (Individuals)
£80 per session (Couples)
Concessions are offered but are dependant upon the client's circumstances.
Please call me anytime. If I can't take your call, please leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.