As a psychotherapist I draw upon my existential training and on the phenomenological method, which allows my clients and I to gain an understanding of their way of ‘being-in-the-world’. I also draw upon ideas from other disciplines within psychotherapy, and complement my practice with insights from these approaches.
When growing up and later in life we develop various coping mechanisms, which allow us to function and get on with our lives. However, our life circumstances change and in many respects we ourselves also keep changing, but sometimes we continue to use the same coping mechanisms, which instead of helping us, become barriers to our development and self-fulfilment.
Our inner discourse may become stuck in rigid views of ourselves, we can repeat unhelpful patterns of behaviour and become unable to escape our daily mental confinements.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling from 2005 to 2009.
MA Psychotherapy and Counselling - 2009
PGDip Existential psychotherapy and counselling - 2008
UPCA - accredited psychotherapist - 2010
UKCP - registered - 2010
BACP - registered member - 2010
Since 2007 I have worked as an existential-integrative psychotherapist in private practice and for various mental health charities.
In particular I have considerable experience in the fields of:
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.
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.
Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA)
Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
Concessions offered for
£60 per 50 minutes session
When I work
Various days and times throughout the week. Please, enquire about availability.
Beneficial effects of therapy
We live in a very fast-paced society, which through its competitiveness pushes us to be better and more ‘efficient’ every day. This can make us feel inadequate and we often tend to compare ourselves to others and judge ourselves too severely.
Therapy opens our inner conversation to a dialogue with an-other, which takes place in a safe and non-judgmental environment, so we can gain new perspectives on our private and social lives and see that are other ways of addressing ourselves and the world.
We can learn to not be afraid of our emotions, but use them as the best guides to our inner world and employ them to ask questions, see choices and construct new meanings.
Therapy helps us to become self-aware and more honest with ourselves and consequently can give us the balance and assurance to step more courageously into the unknown.