I see caring and supporting others as my vocation. I enjoy journeying with people who are presenting with various life’s difficulties. I like walking alongside those who are searching for meaning and deeper purpose in life for themselves, as this is what I am and have been doing for myself for many years now. I am passionate about understanding and assisting people with physical and mental health problems, social care needs, disabilities and complex needs to work towards recovery. I find working with adults with mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety fulfilling and interesting.
I support clients to explore their difficulties in a safe and caring environment by providing clients with genuine, non-judgmental, compassionate, empathetic and boundaried therapeutic environment to support them to gain deeper insights which facilitate therapeutic change. I offer psychological and counselling services that are based on key personal and professional values such as respect, inclusion, love, honesty, integrity, trust and confidentiality. I enjoy facilitating strong therapeutic bond and working alliance with my clients to enable them to feel valued and open to explore, identify and work on our agreed therapy goals. I work collaboratively with my clients, which helps them to take more responsibility in their journey of recovery and their search for deeper sense of meaning and purpose. Working together with my service-users, encourages them to share and to make sense of the issues that bother them in their individual, family, communal and professional life.
I assist adult clients to cope better with their presenting problems by guiding them to gain deeper insights, which inspire hope and motivate them to work towards reaching recovery. I empower my service-users to recognise, understand and work on certain psychological factors such as their triggers, thoughts, behaviours, emotions and physical sensations that are linked to their difficulties.
I believe that both the therapist and the client are experts in their respective experiences. Hence, while the client is an expert in his or her subjective world, the psychotherapist or counselling psychologist is an expert in his or her knowledge and practice of psychotherapy or psychology. Every human being has a capacity for change and individual growth. As such, I cherish individual difference, diversity, inter-connectedness among people and communities, and I strive to promote equality, peace, love and justice for all in society.
I cherish my own individuality and dignity, and consequently I work to enhance those inalienable rights for others. Therefore, I do not impose any psychotherapeutic theory, paradigm or stance on my clients. Accordingly, in my clinical practice with my service-users, I work idiosyncratically and utilise key psychotherapeutic techniques such as guided discovery, socratic questioning and active listening skills including reflection and summarising to facilitate self-actualisation, discovery of new meaning and purpose and the acquisition of new knowledge and better coping skills for the clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have many years of clinical experiences across a range of numerous health and social care settings, such as nursing homes, clinics, addiction services, general and psychiatric hospitals, high secure environments, residential services, adult mental health units, primary care, schools, churches and community centres. I have knowledge and experience of supporting clients who are presenting with various types of neuro-developmental problems with their associated mental health difficulties and complex needs including autism, ADHD and challenging behaviours. I have over four years’ experience of helping people with severe mental health problems, such as psychosis and personality disorder. I have advanced knowledge and skills at assessing, formulating and facilitating therapeutic change for adults presenting with depression and anxiety problems.
Specifically, I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Psychotherapist. I have over two years’ full-time experience of working within IAPT services, assisting adult clients presenting with anxiety and depression problems. Accordingly, I offer evidence-based short-term psychosocial therapies for social phobia, specific phobia, panic, agoraphobia, OCD, health anxiety, worrying problems, PTSD, vomit phobia, etc. and depressive episodes and dysthymia.
Additionally, I am undertaking my Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (DCPsych) with Metanoia Institute / Middlesex University London. Therefore, I offer both short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy services for varied forms of human conditions and life difficulties. I utilise integrative and flexible approach that draws from aspects of humanistic, existential, transpersonal and relational psychodynamic modalities to meet client’s individual counselling needs.
• Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (High Intensity)
• MSc in Applied Psychology
• Higher Diploma in Psychology
• Diploma in Diaconate Studies - Permanent Diaconate
• MA in Theology & Religious Studies
• MA in Philosophy
• BPhil in philosophy
• FETAC Level 5 in Healthcare Support
• Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
• Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
• Accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Areas of special interests, training and experiences
• Depression and dysthymia
• All forms of anxiety problems such as social phobia, agoraphobia, vomit phobia
• Challenging behaviours (currently I can offer indirect support for parents or caregivers)
• Search for meaning and purpose in life
• Adjustment problems
• Coping Skills
• Developmental difficulties
• Life Transitions
• Compassion fatigue
• Complex needs
• Working with core beliefs
Cost per Session:
CBT: Assessment = £120 per hour and Treatment Sessions = £85 – £95 per session
Counselling: Sessions cost £50 - £70 per hour
Wokingham Therapy Clinic Ltd.
49 Denmark Street
I possess a current DBS and have personal professional insurance. For more information please feel free to contact me on my telephone number or via email