Reasons for seeking therapy are many and varied, but it is probably safe to say that if you are considering therapy, there is something you are struggling with that you wish to be different. You, or someone close to you, might be experiencing anxiety and depression, find relationships difficult, things might have happened in your life that you are finding a challenge to deal with, or you might just have a sense that things could be better.
Exploring these issues can gradually help you to understand your feelings in ways that enable you to live with a greater sense of freedom. Therapy can feel painful and even frightening at times when you allow yourself to look at issues you have struggled with and might have tried to push away and ignore for a long time, or events might have occurred more recently that have affected you strongly.
Therapy can help you handle these feelings better and can also enable you to be more open to the good things in your life and free up your creativity.
Counselling and psychotherapy differ in that counselling tends to be shorter term and focused on specific issues, while psychotherapy is a longer-term exploration of wider and more varied issues, depending on what is relevant to you over time.
My preference is to work face-to-face rather than online, whenever possible, and appointments are always weekly and at the same day and time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy for adults and I have attended further training in many areas, such as bereavement, trauma, parenting issues and short-term psychodynamic counselling.
I have worked with people of all ages in a variety of settings.
The psychodynamic approach considers how unconscious and past experiences play a part in our current feelings and behaviour. I will not be giving you advice or tell you what to do, but together we will explore the issues that are important for you.
I also have a longstanding interest in meditation, mindfulness and creativity. This is not something I teach, but, if this is of interest to you, this could also be part of what we speak about.
I am a fully accredited member of the BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to the BACP code of ethics and am fully insured.
My preference is to work face-to-face rather than online, whenever possible and appointments are always weekly and at the same day and time each week.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life changes, such as new parenthood, relationship break-up, ill health, retirement and aging.
Creativity and looking at ways you might you might be able to live in a way that is closer to how you would like it to be
From £60.00 to £90.00
Fees are charged on a sliding scale, depending on household income and time of appointment:
£60-80 per session for individual counselling, daytime until 5pm
£70-90 for appointments starting 5pm and later.
When I work
The appointments last for 50 minutes and are available weekdays, between 9am and 7pm and are weekly and at the same day and time each week.
Please contact me via email. I usually also respond via email so please let me know if you prefer me to respond via text or phone.
I work in private practice in the Herne Hill/North Dulwich area, with good local transport links via train and bus, and - apart from between 12 and 2pm - there is free street-parking.