During this unsettling time of Covid-19 I am offering online counselling. Either call or email me to arrange an initial video chat before committing. At times we can feel stuck in our lives, and within our relationships, maybe a situation has becomes intolerable, or we simply want to make some changes. Choosing to start counselling is a recognition that someone may be able to help, instead of struggling to deal with the issues alone. There may have been a recent crisis, however sometimes it can be difficult to identify the reasons why we feel unhappy, and at these times talking to a counsellor in confidence can be hugely beneficial and enlightening. Together we can identify patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviour which may be contributing to your current difficulties.
Sometimes we need help to access our resources and capacities in order to deal with our problems. I work collaboratively, and together we will explore your experiences in order to bring deeper understanding to your way of relating and responding. This offers an opportunity to recognise and manage your feelings and behaviours.
At the heart of effective counselling lies a warm, honest and trusting relationship, where uncomfortable or difficult matters can be explored. Feeling comfortable enough to put painful or confusing thoughts and feelings into words to identify your experience can bring understanding and relief. So whether you are experiencing relationship struggles, anxiety, a loss in your life, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, stress, feeling low or alone, or coping with illness I hope to provide you a space where you feel understood and change can be facilitated.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Integrative counsellor so I will be able to support you by drawing from a variety of counselling approaches that include Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Attachment, Gestalt, T.A and CBT. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) (registration no. 145704), whose ethical framework and guidelines I adhere to (www.bacp.co.uk).
Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates in Counselling Skills.
Certificate in CBT
Certificate in Couple Therapy
I have undertaken further studies in Relationship therapy, focusing on effective communication within relationships whilst exploring the issues. I work with individuals and couples who want support in dealing with their relationships in a safe and non-judgmental approach.
In addition to my private practice in Teddington, I worked for a number of years with patients, carers and the bereaved in individual and group counselling at a cancer support centre attached to a hospital, so I have extensive experience in working with the emotional impact of living with cancer.
I have worked for a number of years within a school environment as a counsellor with Place2Be.
I am experienced in both short and long term counselling
I undertake regular CPD in order to maintain and enhance my skills and knowledge.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with conflictual relationships, for individuals and couples
Loss and Grief
Loneliness and Isolation
Transition stages of life, change.
All individual sessions are 50 minutes long and couple therapy is one hour.
£60 a session for individuals and £90 a session for couples.
Payment is made by cash or bank transfer at the beginning of each session.
I charge a reduced rate of £35 for individuals and £55 for couples for our first appointment when we ascertain whether counselling will be of benefit for you.
How I work
We would have an initial appointment where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions about whether counselling will be of benefit to you, and we will explore your concerns and expectations. Should we decide to go forward then we will agree an estimated time scale and a regular session. We will review our work together at mutually agreed intervals and if I feel it more appropriate for a referral to be made elsewhere this is something we can discuss.
Where I work
I work privately in a dedicated and comfortable counselling room in Teddington, TW11.
My practice is easily accessible from Hampton Hill, Kingston, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham and Richmond.
If you are driving there is ample free on-street parking and a private driveway if needed.
Fulwell BR Station is a five minute walk away, Teddington BR Station is a 20 minute walk.
Five regular bus routes serve us, 33, 281, R70, 285 and R68; the bus stops are a three minute walk away.
Unfortunately I cannot offer disabled access.