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.
Corona Virus Update:
I am able to 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. As part of my professional development I have experience of many of the major schools of psychotherapy. 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 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
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
Being over reactive
Feelings of dissatisfaction or pointlessness
Managing work and life around a serious illness or a bereavement
My fees are £60 per 50 minute session both for face to face, phone and video counselling. Some concessions are available.
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.
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.