Life can be so busy, leaving little or no time for nurturing our mental health. Therapy is the ultimate in self care.
It’s been a tough couple of years, on top of whatever else might have been going on for you, and it’s understandable not to know where to turn next. It’s important to know you’re not alone.
I am a qualified counselling psychotherapist. I offer a safe, neutral, non-judgmental space to explore any thoughts or feelings that have been prominent in your life, whether in the past, the present or quite possibly both. Together we work to create a therapeutic relationship, meeting as equals to empower and encourage you to explore and recognise patterns of behaviour that may be helpful for you to address. We can work together to set new, achievable goals for a different future and to implement change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work with a diverse range of clients from many differing backgrounds and cultures, as well as the wide range of issues they bring. Clients describe me as warm, safe and non-judgemental, creating a comfortable environment to allow people to talk openly, often about things they have been carrying their whole lives and had never felt able to speak about before. A client once said to me, ‘I can’t wait to tell my friends that counselling actually works!’
After the things we have all endured these past couple of years, people have suffered losses in many capacities. Perhaps you have been left with feelings of uncertainty in your job or possibly relationships with family members, partners or friends. Maybe these relationships are more strained than usual. Losing someone or something you love can be very painful and may come with difficult and unexpected emotions, such as shock, anger, grief and guilt. I have an in-depth knowledge working with all kinds of change, including loss and bereavement.
Therapy can help and support you through any difficult period of your life.
My first session
Our first meeting together is an opportunity to see if you feel comfortable talking with me. It gives you an insight into the experience of therapy and enables you to ask any questions you may have about the process. It’s understandable to feel nervous whether you are new to therapy, or even if you aren’t. Wherever you are, I will meet you there. Our first session together allows me to make a thorough assessment of your situation and goals so that I can determine how best to help you in subsequent sessions.
I use an integrative approach, which means I use a combination of therapeutic styles that bring together different elements of specific therapies. As an Integrative therapist I believe no single approach can treat every client in all situations. Rather, each person is considered within the context of their own individuality, and counselling techniques are tailored to each client’s needs and personal circumstances.
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
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
Free initial telephone or online session
£60 per session. I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for a shorter time-limited period - usually a minimum of six sessions works best to get the most out of working together. The length of the therapy will depend on the client, their therapeutic goals and the types of issues being addressed.
I offer a 20-minute free telephone or Zoom introduction meeting, during which I’ll listen to what you’re hoping to get, explain a little more about the process and answer any questions you may have. There is no obligation to decide there and then, you are welcome to go away and think about whether we are the right fit.
When I work
I welcome clients who are facing any number of issues. I have experience working with bereavement, loss, child-loss, miscarriage, depression, cancer, anxiety, family, relationships, divorce, identity including supporting LGBTQ+ and BAME clients, sexuality, suicidal feelings and ideation, self-harm, sexual assault, clients in crisis, abuse, addiction, anger, PTSD, personal development, self-esteem, sex-related issues, social anxiety and stress.
I also have experience working with clients to create crisis and safety plans if you’re feeling unsafe or suicidal. Safety planning is a structured and proactive way to help you plan a range of activities and sources of support you can use at the right time to help you prevent or manage a developing crisis.
I have experience in working with young adults as well as people with greater life experience.
I am currently working only via phone or on Zoom, providing weekly 50-minute sessions to clients. All you need is a quiet, confidential place where you feel safe to talk.
I currently have openings for new clients available from Monday – Thursday, including Monday and Tuesday evenings. I regularly work with people on their lunch breaks.
I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) having demonstrated high standards of competent practice by working under their ethical framework. I am committed to ongoing professional development and my work is fully insured. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate, which means I am suitable to work with children and adults in a therapeutic capacity.