MBACP, ACTO, Diploma & BA Hons in Counselling, MA
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Choosing a therapist can be daunting, especially when you may be anxious and at a low ebb. If you’ve had no experience of working with one before it can be difficult to know who to choose. One of the most important things is to choose someone you feel comfortable with.
I offer socially distanced face to face therapy as well as via video and phone counselling. Initially I would offer you a free 30 minute introductory session, on video or phone, to explore what you would like to work on in therapy.
My approach is to provide a warm, safe and confidential space for reflection; allowing you to explore your difficulties without judgement. You could feel there is no one to share these with or you may find it too difficult to talk to family and friends because you want to protect them or they may be too close to the problem. I will be your advocate, but not take over or direct you to solutions, helping you find your own answers and ways forward with what might be difficult relationships, troubling internal conflicts or challenging life circumstances.
My therapeutic approach is Integrative and my core training is Person-Centred. I have experience of many of the major schools of psychotherapy and I am therefore able to include aspects of these when it is helpful for you, for example, elements Mindfulness and Neuroscience.
For 17 years, I worked in Relationship Management in the Corporate world. However, my family’s legacy of trauma, anxiety and premature death led me to seek therapy. This caused a shift in my priorities and led to my change of career.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma and a BA Hons in Person-Centred Counselling from Metanoia Institute and am a Registered Member of the BACP. I work with adults from age 18 upwards, around a wide range of issues and I was previously a counsellor at:
The Mulberry Centre - supporting those affected by cancer or bereavement. For example, coming to terms with a different ‘you’; with how your relationship to your family, work and view of life may have changed.
Kingston Women’s Centre - supporting women with issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, relationship issues, suicidal thoughts, addiction, alcoholism, attachment issues, eating disorders, OCD, ME/chronic fatigue syndrome, self-harm, sexual abuse, and trauma.
As well as being a therapist, I am a Masters level qualified Psychological Coach and work with executives on leadership, developmental and well-being challenges.
Lastly, I am a Trustee of ACT International, a charity that trains and supports local people and NGO staff to treat children and young people traumatised by conflict, violence and war. For the last 10 years we have run programmes in the UK, Africa, Middle East and Far East.
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.
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
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
I can also offer support with issues such as self-isolation and within the context of work :
- Stress and feeling overwhelmed
- Lack of work/life balance
- Lack of confidence
- Sleeplessness and exhaustion
- Addiction, for example, to alcohol, food, exercise or work
- Relationship conflict
- Being over reactive
- Feelings of dissatisfaction or pointlessness
- Managing work and life around a serious illness or a bereavement
- Feeling scapegoated
- Imposter syndrome
- Feeling different
£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
My fees are £65 per session both for face to face, phone and video counselling. Please call or e-mail me for an initial conversation. Then, if you would like, we can have a free no-obligation introductory session of 30 minutes. It’s a chance for us to see whether we feel comfortable working together.
When I work
I have availability on weekdays and evenings.
My practice room in Teddington TW11 is about 12 minutes walk from Teddington, Strawberry Hill and Fulwell train stations. It is served by many buses e.g. 33, 281, 481 and 285, and there is free on street parking.