I am a UKCP Accredited and Registered Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist, with over eleven years post qualification experience in the NHS and more recently private practice.
I work with adults, children and families presenting with a variety of concerns related to emotional wellbeing, mental health and relationships. I work with all ages and I have a special interest in working with parents during pregnancy, postnatally and parents and their children under five. I have extensive experience in the NHS, supporting families therapeutically in a neonatal unit, and a Child and Adolescent Mental Health services for families affected by disability.
I am trained and I work with Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) supporting parents to develop skills in recognising strengths, self compassion and mentalisation. I am a trainee VIG supervisor. I have also recently started a pre clinical psychoanalytical psychotherapy training at the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust.
How can psychotherapy help?
My focus is around supporting clients to think about their relationships, positive aspects of their lives and strengths alongside sharing concerns. I am also an Iyengar yoga teacher and believe that the body is an important entity when exploring our emotional and psychological selves. I offer a bespoke approach, adapting to the needs of individuals drawing on approaches including psychodynamic, trauma focused CBT, movement psychotherapy, mindfulness, narrative and compassionate focused therapy.
What to expect in your first session?
An initial 50 minute assessment online session will be arranged at a time which is suitable to you. This would enable me to learn about you, your background and current situation, what brings you to therapy and your hopes for what you would like to focus on. The assessment period may be up to 3 sessions and we can talk about this in the first appointment.
You may be experiencing a period of difficulty or have a deeper rooted concern that you have been aware of for some time. We will think about your life and experiences together based on what you choose to share and some questions that I may ask. Together, we would reflect on and think about what might be contributing to your difficulties at the moment and come up with a plan for treatment.
At times, developing some understanding through assessment can feel like enough and some people choose not to take things further. However, often people do wish to continue for therapy in order to consider alternative ways of seeing and considering issues together. The approach is to work in an open ended way but we will review regularly how the sessions are going and how we proceed.
I am registered with ADMP and AVIGUK. I am also a member of AIMH, APPCIOS and a student member of the BPC. I am a recognised health care provider with some of the main healthcare insurance providers. Currently sessions are offered via video through zoom or Microsoft teams and are available for individuals, couples or parents with their children.
Training, qualifications & experience
Video Interaction Guidance Practitioner and Trainee Supervisor AVIGUK, UKCP Accredited and Registered Psychotherapist (HIPC: Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College), MA ADMP: (Association of Dance and Movement Psychotherapy), Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. BSc Psychology (Hons) Degree
I have over eleven years post qualifying practice with both adults and children.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer support during the perinatal period for parents-to-be and parents. I have specialised experience working with parents following the birth of their baby as parents transition to parenthood or their growing family. I also support individuals and couples during the period of trying to concieve, considering the decisions of conception, the impact on relationships and during fertility treatment. I see mothers during pregnancy and partners often also to offer support for whatever arises that you wish to think about and process.
I also offer evidence based practice advice and support for parenting during the early years of infancy and childhood particularly
Free initial telephone or online session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
£100 per 50 minutes for individuals
£120 per 50 minutes for couples
Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a time to talk in order to see whether I can help you and if we can work together.
I ask for payment prior to each session (for example the day before or at your convenience).
In terms of guidelines around cancellation, I ask that 48 hours notice to be given otherwise there would still be a charge.
I always note GP details and we can discuss anything related to this when we meet. I will contact the GP with your consent.
Therapy may not be for you at this time if:
- You are feeling concerned about harming yourself or feeling suicidal or worried about harming someone else (Please seek urgent help from your GP about a crisis referral or visit A&E)
- You are seeing another therapist currently
- You are not able to commit to weekly sessions