I offer long and short-term counselling to people seeking support to work through some of the many difficulties and challenges that life presents us with. A new job, relationship issues, the loss of a parent, long-term health issues, family issues, the birth or loss of a child - all these and many other life events can bring up unexpected or difficult emotions. We can feel dragged down by depression or overwhelmed with anxiety following major life events, or sometimes just start to feel that life is unsatisfying and that we need to take steps to feel more fully present in our own lives. I offer a space for reflection on all the things life throws at us, or indeed has thrown at us in the past but that may still be bothering or affecting us.
Counselling offers the opportunity to pause and reflect on things, and hopefully to gain some insight into who we are and the way we manage life events. The therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client is very important to the way I work, and for that reason I offer a free initial appointment to anyone thinking about starting counselling. Come and meet me for half an hour and then decide if you think we can work together.
Sometimes a few sessions can be enough to move forward, and sometimes longer-term work allows more room to explore issues that might relate to childhood or the past.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained my Counselling Diploma from the Gestalt Centre in London in 2004, and am BACP Accredited. I see people privately in Greenwich in a community centre.
Prior to re-training as a counsellor I worked for many years in a large public sector organisation. I initially undertook an Introduction to Counselling Certificate, and volunteered with The Samaritans. I then did my Counselling Diploma, doing my course placement with Cruse Bereavement Care. After completing my studies I gained experience working with students in a university setting and with children, as well as a number of years working in an NHS setting seeing people with long-term health issues.
I have experience with issues such as bereavement, loss, sexual abuse and coping with divorce and separation. I have also worked with mothers coping with issues that arise after the birth of their children, and the changes in status that come with motherhood.
I have several years experience working with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients, and have gained an insight into the psychological challenges faced by people with this long-term illness. Depression, loss, coming to terms with the diagnosis, and the insecurity of the future are common themes.
Every year I undertake continuous professional development to support my work and encourage reflection, and I undertake regular Supervision of my work.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Coping with long-term illness such as MS or Motor Neurone Disease.
My fees are: £65 for an evening appointment, reduced to £55 if you can come during the day. I also offer a limited number of lower cost appointments, and would be happy to discuss these.
I have daytime appointments available on Wednesdays, and evening appointments most evenings.
Because the relationship between counsellor and client is an important element of the way I work I offer a free initial appointment, only asking people to pay £10 towards the cost of the room. That gives both the client and myself the opportunity to see whether we think we can work fruitfully together.