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About me

I am a qualified counsellor with the primary aim of helping you to feel heard and understood in a world that doesn’t always listen. I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental and welcoming space where you can feel free to unload your burdens.

In collaboration with you, I’ll create a safe space for you to express, explore and process issues that are creating distress, confusion or difficulty for you.

As an integratively trained counsellor, I use traditional talking therapy as well as more creative techniques such as drawing and guided imagery to help you to understand the root cause of the problems you’re facing.

I believe that therapy can help you to achieve an increased self-awareness, elevated self-esteem, and empower you to achieve personal growth and an improved quality of life. I will work with you and support you to overcome the difficulties you’re facing.

These are some of the areas I provide  counselling in:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Family & Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress-related matters
  • Culture & Identity
  • Guilt & Shame

What to do next?

I offer a FREE 20-minute telephone conversation, where we can discuss your reasons for coming to counselling.

If after our telephone conversation you wish to consider counselling, we’ll agree a time for us to meet for our first session.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Approaches

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative), 2013

Certificate in Counselling Skills

Transactional Analysis 101

As a registered member of the BACP I am required to undertake Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) and regularly attend courses/events. I am completing my studies in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Approaches.

My professional background is within education and learning & development, working for both the public and private sectors, so I understand the demands that can be experienced in a busy working environment.

I have experience of working within IAPT and community-based counselling services, with clients from a range of diverse backgrounds on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, loss, self-esteem and relationship issues.

Member organisations

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial Assessment  75 minutes - £55

I charge £55 per 50-minute session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I’m currently available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Further information

I can work with you on a short-term basis (12 weeks minimum) on a particular issue, or on a longer-term basis for matters that you want to explore more deeply.

If you have any further questions, then please do feel free to contact me via email or telephone (please leave your contact details and I will call you back).

Tooting Bec, London, SW17

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Families

Key details

My counselling rooms are a short walking distance from Tooting Bec and Balham tube stations.