Online and Face to Face Counsellor/ Psychotherapist BACP Accredited
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I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and have worked with many clients who have sought help for a wide range of problems such as abuse, affairs, addiction,anxiety, bereavement, cultural difficulties, depression, divorce,gambling, infidelity, intrusive thoughts, difficulties in relationships, 'people pleasing', narcissism, sexuality and trauma.
I believe that talking to a perceptive and skilled listener can make a real difference. I also maintain that one of the most important factors in your therapy is the relationship you establish with your counsellor since, if it is one of trust and frankness, it can allow for a unique kind of exploration rarely possible outside of this situation. Therefore, I aim to offer you my undivided attention and will do my best to understand you, your inner world and the things which trouble or confuse you.
I am most influenced by psychodynamic approaches to understanding distress. In other words, I will be interested to explore with you how the past may be affecting you in the present, how your original styles of attachment might influence current relationships, including the one you form with me, and the patterns which may be repeating in your life. The defences which you have developed to protect yourself will be of interest to me and we may consider how well these are serving you and to what extent they have become obstacles. I will respectfully challenge you where appropriate and will support you in the changes which you would like to make.
I offer face to face sessions and am also able to offer Skype counselling if appropriate.
Training, qualifications & experience
EMDR Practitioner (2019)
Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
Primary Certificate CBT
Bachelor Education (Hons)
BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Cruse Bereavement Training/Accredited Counsellor
Certificate - Counselling for Problem Gambling-University of Salford
I work part time as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with staff in an NHS Trust and am also Staff Counsellor at a London university and I am a qualified EMDR practitioner.I worked for 8 years at Gamcare, an organisation which offered counselling to problem gamblers and I have been an online therapist with Big White Wall from 2012 until 2018. I have worked in private practice since 2007 and operate from Sidcup, Kent and Canary Wharf, London, E14.
I have worked as an NHS Staff Support Therapist, provided counselling to NHS GP patients and have been a Palliative Care Counsellor at a hospice, working with people with life limiting illnesses. I am currently an EAP Affiliate Therapist.
Before qualifying as a counsellor/psychotherapist I worked for over 20 years as an English teacher and Head of Year in inner London secondary schools.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Unresolved childhood issues, trauma, cultural issues,jealousy, infidelity, loss and separation, pornography addiction, 'people pleasing', dating problems. EMDR can be offered for experiences of trauma, such as road traffic accidents, assault, childhood abuse and domestic violence.
I work with individuals in private practice at two locations, Sidcup and Canary Wharf.
Fees at my Sidcup practice are £70 per session and I am available during weekday evenings and in the daytime on Fridays. EMDR sessions are £80 per hour.
My fees at Canary Wharf are £75 for a 50 minute session.
Skype sessions are £70.
I work from a dedicated, private, counselling room in my home in Sidcup. There is ample unrestricted parking in the road and Sidcup station is approximately 10 minutes walk.
My Canary Wharf practice takes place in a pleasant therapy room on floor 37 of One Canada Square. I am currently offering online sessions only until a return to face to face work is possible.
If you decide to contact me to arrange an initial meeting I will ask you to provide me with some preliminary information by telephone or by email. This will allow me to gain some understanding of your particular difficulty and whether it is within my power to be of help to you or whether you may need more specialist support. I see the initial face to face session as an opportunity for you to decide whether you feel comfortable with me and for me to find out more about you and if and how I can help you. If we decide that further sessions should follow it will be your choice to opt for a set number of sessions or to proceed on an open ended basis.