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About me

I am an integrative therapist, which means I am trained to be able to use a number of modalities and deliver a variety of approaches depending on your individual needs and circumstances. Typically, the type of approaches I would use are humanistic, person-centred, gestalt, Jungian, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused. 

More generally, I am a BACP registered counsellor (MBACP), with over 18 years of experience in the health, social care and caring professions. I am also a qualified social worker, the founder of my own mental health charity and have worked as the director of a mental health charity in East London. Previously, I also qualified as a massage therapist and worked in the financial advisory sector. 

My practice is an online (Zoom) and telephone counselling service. After the initial session, if you are happy for our work to continue, I would arrange a regular weekly time for our sessions. Online sessions would always be my preferred option, but telephone counselling is definitely available should online sessions not be possible for whatever reason.

During my counselling sessions, I will provide you with a safe and highly supportive space to be able to express what you are going through, and in particular those issues that are difficult to share with others in your networks.

I fully understand that even trusting and feeling safe with a counsellor may take time, and I will always ensure that the counselling sessions will go at a pace that you are comfortable with.

Using this as a platform, the counselling sessions would then be a co-created journey. What this means is that my way of working is not just about imparting my professional knowledge and expertise. Instead, it is also about helping you access your own innate wisdom in terms of what would be best for you, as ultimately you are the one who is living your life and going through your experiences. It is facilitating this process that I find leads to genuine empowerment.

While the counselling I offer will help you identify ways of managing and overcoming those issues which are causing you distress and difficulties, I would also be helping you achieve overall psychological well-being.

This means that we would go through the various aspects of well-being, and identify whether you feel things need to change over and above the initial problem or set of issues which brought you to counselling. As part of this, we would explore concepts like meaning, purpose, living authentically and how you would like to pro-actively approach and engage with the different areas of your life, both now and in the future.    

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling 
  • Masters (MA) in Social Work
  • Diploma in Ki-Massage Therapy
  • Financial Planning Certificate
  • BSc (Hons) Management Sciences 

Member organisations


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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

Initial session - £30. Please allow up to 90 minutes. 

Subsequent sessions - £40 for 60 minutes. 

Further information

Prior to the first session I would send you a client contract which covers the general guidelines around counselling e.g. confidentiality etc.  

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