Thank you for choosing to read my profile. It can be difficult to take the first step towards change, however much that change is desired, so be proud that you are starting on your journey towards self-discovery and growth.
Perhaps the reason you are here is because life feels overwhelming right now and you would like some help finding your way through this new and unknown world. You might have lost a loved one and are struggling with the loss and to find purpose in life. You might simply feel that you are not living your life in the way in which you would choose and are ready to do some self-reflection in order to make some changes.
How I work
My aim is to help you explore your thoughts and feelings and the impact they are having on your behaviour and mood. During our time together, I would aim to help you identify patterns of behaviour and thought processes that may be affecting your relationship with yourself and with others. My approach is gentle, kind and collaborative although when appropriate, together we will challenge your beliefs, processes and narrative to help you move forward.
Over the years, I have worked alongside clients with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship issues, trauma and low self-esteem. I am an integrative therapist and draw upon a range of modalities to best suit your needs. I am trained in several theoretical disciplines including psychodynamic, person centred, and humanistic.
My own journey in therapy began over 30 years ago when I experienced the depths of transformation and empowerment counselling can bring and ultimately, changed the course of my life. At times, therapy can be challenging. There are no guarantees it will be the right path for you. However, if you are willing to trust and work with me, I assure you I will be fully committed to support and facilitate you on your journey, to the very best of my ability.
I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation for you to share with me some details about your issues and outline your hopes and expectations from counselling as well as asking any questions you might have. From there, I will assess if I can help with your needs and you will get an idea if you want to try a first session, with no obligation to continue.
I am to respond to email enquiries within 24 hours so please check spam/junk mail for my reply.
I offer weekly short- and long-term therapy, sessions are 50 minutes
What to expect the first session
The first session is a chance for you to tell me a little more about what has brought you to therapy and an idea of what you hope to gain from it. It’s an opportunity for you to voice any fears or reservations and ask any questions. In turn, I will ask you to share some details of your experiences, circumstances and history to date although there is no pressure to share anything before you’re comfortable doing so. The key to successful therapy is the relationship between the client and counsellor so this is purely for us both to get a sense of whether we are suited to work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (integrative approach) and a certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Profession.
I have received specialist training and supervision in bereavement counselling at St Joseph's Hospice, Hackney where I practiced as a bereavement counsellor.
I also attend continuous professional development courses to expand my skills and knowledge and ensure it is up to date.
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
£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£60 per 50-minute session.
Free 20-minute initial telephone consultation
Some concessions available for young people or those with low income.
From Monday to Thursday, I offer morning, afternoon and some limited evening sessions.