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BA (Hons) / MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Psychotherapist

About me

Asking for help can be hard.  Sometimes it may be difficult to make sense of what is going on in your life and within yourself. You want someone to listen to you but find it difficult to chose the right person. My aim is to help you gain a deeper understanding of whatever is troubling you, and to help find a positive outcome no matter how deep you feel you have sunk. In essence anything that involves you is appropriate to bring to therapy.

Irrespective of what my clients bring I always see them first and foremost as people, and not a set of symptoms with a diagnostic label. 

About Me

When I started my journey as a therapist I had no idea what to expect but it felt right. As an intuitive person who is also quite practical, I truly value and appreciate the realness of people.

Everyone experiences change in their life and even when we want change the transition can be difficult, as I discovered when I decided to leave my career in Public Relations after 20 years. With any change we will encounter loss, so it's not surprising that we sometimes chose to resist it. Letting go of my familiar way of life was at times painful and isolating, but also enriching, opening up opportunities for growth.    I am glad that the path has not been an easy one, after all, my clients are real people with real issues and I trust that my life experiences and professional training have qualified me to support another human being on their journey.

I work with individuals and couples going through significant life changes e.g. relationship issues, job loss, career change, life-threatening illness, bereavement, mid-life crisis, which result in feelings of isolation, insecurity, desperation and depression.  I also have experience of working with sexual abuse, trauma and violence. I have several years experience of working with different social and cultural client groups

My focus is to help you feel heard and accepted and to make sense of what is happening.

What is my approach?

My approach is humanistic/person-centred with the focus on the client as a whole person rather than a combination of symptoms.  I offer the client a safe and accepting space and work according to their needs.  I have chosen this approach as it accords most closely with my own experience and philosophy. I believe that respect for my clients and providing them a nurturing environment will allow them to fully access their own resources. I believe that working in this way will facilitate the development of greater self-awareness and provide a greater capacity to address changes in life. it is important for me to be sensitive to meet my clients wherever they are in the moment, and this may change from session to session.



Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling - Middlesex University

Diploma Person-Centred Counselling - Metanoia Institute

Diploma in Psychological Counselling - Roehampton University

Practitioner Certificate in Couples Work - Metanoia Institute

Specialist training in Relationship Therapy

Specialist training in Bereavement and Trauma

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Part 1, 2 & 3

Specialist training in Play Therapy

Accredited Member of BACP

Listed on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors /Psychotherapists

Member of Metanoia Institute, a well-established educational charity, specialising in the professional training of counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists, supervisors, coaches and organisational development consultants.


Experience

I have worked for a number of organisations including: Wandsworth Bereavement Service, Cruse Bereavement Care, Wimbledon Guild Counselling Service, and Wandsworth Prison. I have a particular interest in working with loss and bereavement and feelings of isolation, loneliness, anxiety and depression.  I also have experience of working with people going through life changing experiences.  I continue to work as a therapist within the Wimbledon Guild Counselling Service, and also Place2Be, working in primary schools giving children the opportunity to express their feelings through talking, creative work and play.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKRCP

United Kingdom Register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists (UKRCP) (UKRCP)

The UKRCP is a voluntary register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists held by BACP. A condition of registration is accreditation with either BACP, COSCA, UKAHPP or FDAP.

Registered practitioners are entitled to be known as a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor / Psychotherapist.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Some of the issues I have experience working with include:

loss of sexual desire
communication problems
commitment
Autism
Anger management
power issues
cultural differences
loss
fertility and IVF
sexual difficulties
infidelity
illness
divorce
family pressures
work stress
financial worries
Jealousy
resentment
violence
isolation
loneliness
life changes

Fees

Additional information

My fee is currently £55 for individual fifty minute session or £80.00 for couples. However, I also offer a reduced fee if you are on a low income or unemployed which is negotiable according to your ability to pay. This is also applicable for students or counsellors in training.

When I work

I am available during the week from Monday to Friday - my last appointment is at 8.00p.m. I recommend that we have a brief telephone conversation prior to making the first appointment.

Wimbledon, London, SW20

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

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