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MSc, BPC registered Psychodynamic Counsellor, MBACP

About me

I offer a safe and confidential space to talk about any struggles or concerns, which affect your life. By giving voice to your feelings, and your experience being acknowledged, we can make our way together to find alternative responses to your experience relating to ordinary life. We work at your own pace and I will be open and receptive to what you say.  By becoming aware of your unconscious self and the relationships and attachments you have past and present, you can discover unexpected perspectives and creative ways to renew your capacity to think about and experience yourself.

I offer time limited and open ended psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy. Please call to arrange an initial exploratory meeting to see how you feel about working with me.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, registered Psychodynamic Counsellor with British Psychoanalytic Council, Member of BACP and BCA

Psychodynamic therapy is about thinking together and finding ways through painful and overwhelming feelings you may be experiencing. It means trying to understand how this has happened and acknowledge that these feelings may need voicing now. By thinking about these experiences in the context of early relationships, and how they return and emerge in the present, you may find new perspectives  on how you feel about yourself and the world around you.

I work in diverse therapeutic settings both as a private practitioner and in different organisations. I worked in NHS secondary care, and in not-for-profit organisations and community psychotherapy. I have worked with a range of psychological disturbances, which includes people with depression and anxiety.  I also work with people who have early onset dementia, and find therapy a useful way of alleviating distress caused by this life changing illness. 

I have been an Impact Self defence trainer, with the charity London Centre for Personal Safety for over 20 years.  I provided personal safety training for many different client groups and organisations to develop skills and effective responses to prevent and protect individuals from violence, when they are often at their most fearful and vulnerable. By working in a supportive team, I encourage people to explore and discover their own agency and reduce the fear and impact of violence on their lives.

I spent 10 years working on a community outreach programme with refugees to support their physical and mental well-being, by acknowledging medical anxieties and past traumas as well as encouraging their capacity towards exercise and health.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BPC

British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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 Psychoanalytic Council

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Psychoanalytic Council

Fees

£80.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I offer a free 15 minute initial consultation by phone 

When I work

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I am only accepting work via phone or online at the moment 

Community Psychotherapy Network C.I.C., 15b Old Ford Road, London, E2 9PL

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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At the moment I am not working face to face or making home visits. I am working through the telephone or on-line

Online platforms

Zoom