Talking with other people about our problems can be difficult, but we all go through times in our lives when we could benefit from allowing someone else to help. Whether you have a specific problem that feels urgent or a general feeling of unease in your life that you cannot make sense of, I can support you in finding a way forward. Whatever reason you have for seeking therapy at this point, it is valid.
I believe it is just as important for me to listen with my heart, as well as with my head, in order to make the therapeutic experience a safe and valuable one.
The starting point in my work is you. Everyone comes with their own unique dilemmas, conflicts, anxieties and traumas; their own unique way of dealing with them and their own unique way of seeing the world.
We would work together to explore current problems. Part of this work might entail identifying whether they have any connection with past experiences and events. This can enable you to work towards a more meaningful and fulfilling way of life.
I offer short term counselling and open-ended, long term psychotherapy. I currently work face-to-face and online.
How do I get started?
You can take the next step by contacting me via e-mail, telephone or the contact form on my website. If I do not pick up the phone I am more than likely with a client so leave a message with your details. Whatever your method of contact, I usually am able to get back to you fairly promptly but on occasions it could be up to 24hrs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified as a Psychotherapist with a Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling, a recognised UKCP (United Kingdom Counsel for Psychotherapy) accredited qualification.
Over twenty years ago I gained a B.A. in Social Science which led to many years working in a community setting and to my membership of the British Psychological Society, the professional body for clinical psychologists.
For the last 5 years I have been working for Cruse, a local NHS funded bereavement support service. I currently work with clients and also in a supervisory capacity to a group of other bereavement supporters. Both roles are certificated by Cruse and Ascentis.
As required by the BACP I also continue my professional development by taking a variety of courses including, trauma, the inner critic, anxiety, working online during a pandemic; and more.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £50 per 50-minute session for individual therapy.
I offer sessions at £40 for trainee therapy students, both for individual therapy and supervision.
Covid-19. I offer face to face sessions from rooms just off Sidcup High Street, but the current situation dictates that that could change at any time. I also offer telephone or online sessions if you also have a confidential time and space for this to work.