I am welcoming new clients. During COVID-19, I am counselling people on line (using Zoom) or phone. If your wish to find out more about me or counselling, or are ready to start counselling, please contact me to arrange an initial brief Zoom or phone call. This initial contact gives us the opportunity to explore what brings you to counselling and what you may wish to gain from attending. It's a time to discuss your specific needs and goals and an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have.
In my online or phone counselling, I continue to offer a quiet, calm and confidential space where you will be supported to explore what ever feelings, challenges or difficulties you are experiencing at this time. I have more than 20 years experience counselling children, young people and adults. This includes working with disabled people and those from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and faiths.
I believe counselling is a collaborative and creative process. With me, you will be accepted and listened to with patience and attentiveness. You may choose simply talk or you might want to try some simple activities, like drawing. When I work in person, some people find it helpful to use other creative activities, that I can offer, like art, crafts, puppets or mini world creations in sand. Children are drawn to my easy going friendly nature. Adults have told me that I am "patient", "calm" and "compassionate".
I believe that each person has the capacity and desire to become the best they can be. As your counsellor, I will support you to express yourself and feel better about yourself.
There are many different ways counsellors work. My way of working is called "person centred" counselling. This means I believe you know yourself best. But with difficult experiences or struggles you may not be trusting yourself, or life is appearing too confusing. Counselling is your time to talk about what you think or feel you need to say. You decide and choose what topics, issues and experiences will be discussed, and I support you to do this through listening attentatively and checking I'm understanding you clearly. I don't ask you lots of questions. I relfect on what you say.
Each person finds their own way into counselling. It may be by talking (or creating something) about your experiences, or memories, or thoughts. It's not always easy to talk about feelings or concerns. I will support you to feel safe in saying what you need to say, and help you better understand what is troubling you. Through my careful listening to all you say and ensuring I am understanding you as best I can, you will begin to know yourself better, and in time feel better about yourself. I believe that each person is their own expert but sometimes we need to be listened to extra deeply and appreciated, to be helped through difficult times or experiences. My job is to support you to understand yourself better, and to support you to become happier with yourself.
I believe counselling is a collaborative and creative process. With me, you will be accepted and listened to with patience and attentiveness. You may simply talk or you may choose creative means which could include art, crafts, puppets or mini world creations in sand. Children are drawn to my friendly nature. Adults find me patient, compassionate and down to earth.
I prefer to work with the whole person and not specific diagnostic issues. Life and relationships are complicated and often defy tick box compartments. Many of those who come to me for counselling have said they want to feel more confident, less lonely, less depressed, less scared, less anxious or less angry.
As a qualified and experienced counsellor/therapist I can support you to explore whatever your concerns or challenges might be.
Some of the many issues people have brought to me include:
- bereavement and loss
- feeling sad or depressed
- memories of a difficult experience
- struggling with relationship issues
- feeling low about themselves
- experiencing anxiety
- feeling isolated or alone
- needing to make difficult choices.
People who have come to me, tell me it is a great relief to share their worries and fears. Some are surprised that I don't judge them or tell them what they should do. Rather, I acknowledge what they have experienced, what they are feeling, and help them to create a better life for themselves.
There are many reasons for deciding to seek counselling. You might be sensing you aren't quite yourself these days or simply wanting to be happier. My experience enables me to offer you perspective, support you through troubled times and to help you deal with specific issues as they arise.
As your Counsellor, I hope you will feel respected, safe and confident to bring to our sessions all manner of issues including challenges, feelings and moments worth celebrating. Counselling is not about all that's "bad" or "wrong".
Getting Started with Counselling
All it takes is a phone call, text or email.
If your wish to find out more about me or counselling, or are ready to start counselling, please contact me to arrange an initial brief Zoom or phone call. This initial contact gives us the opportunity to explore what brings you to counselling and what you may wish to gain from attending. It's a time to discuss your specific needs and goals and an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have.
If you then wish to proceed with counselling, we would meet for 50 minutes once a week and regularly discuss and review the counselling to ensure that you are getting what you want from our work together.
I aim to respond to any inquiries within 24 hours.
For future consideration, my counselling room in N10 has steps so is not fully accessible but I can and have arranged to use an accessible space near my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified, accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
- Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (University of East Anglia, 2000)
- Certificate in Counselling (University of East London, 1999)
- Diploma in Integrative Supervision (Minster Centre, 2013)
In addition to my private practice, I have counselled in charities, schools, youth and community projects, and bereavement services.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
£55 per 50 minute session (day time, before 5pm)
Concessions may be available for students or those on benefits.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
My practice is easily accessible by tube and bus.
Muswell Hill N10
The nearest underground stations are: Highgate (then an easy walk) or East Finchley (Northern Line), and Bounds Green (Piccadilly Line). There are frequent bus services between these tube stations and Muswell Hill. Finsbury Park station (Victoria Line) is also accessible via the W7 bus which terminates at Muswell Hill. Then it is a short walk or bus ride.
Several buses stop by the practice: 43, 102, 134, 234, 299.
Parking is available on the street, but limited.
I am also a qualified and experienced counselling supervisor. Please view my supervisor profile.