Looking for change? I am trained to listen and will be fully focused on you. Counselling can help you discover more about yourself, including any distressing feelings, thoughts or behaviours you might be experiencing. It can support you to find your way to greater inner strength, joy and freedom.
My background and experience
Before training as a counsellor, I worked at Victim Support and supported survivors of rape, sexual assault and domestic abuse, in addition to many other types of crime. I have also been employed in schools, addiction recovery settings and a prison, primarily as a teacher but also incorporating mind-body approaches such as shiatsu and meditation.
As a counsellor in an NHS medical practice, I assisted clients with many issues, for example, bereavement and trauma. I have studied a range of counselling theories, so I create an individualised approach to meet your unique needs. My areas of special interest are depression, anxiety, family issues and low self-esteem. I have also engaged in workshops on discussing sexual problems in an inclusive, open and sensitive way.
For new clients, I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation, in which you can tell me about what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to achieve. Together, we can explore whether we are a good fit, and if not, we can discuss other ways for you to move forward.
I have had counselling myself, so I understand that it can take a lot to reach out for help and will treat you with kindness and respect. Clients have told me they have especially appreciated 'really being heard', and 'never being judged or told what to do'. I will relate to you with warmth, empathy and compassion.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) in Integrative-Relational Counselling (first class) awarded by Middlesex University
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills awarded by CPCAB
- MA in Teaching (UCL Institute of Education)
- Talking about Sex in the Therapy Room Workshop with Dr Meg-John Barker (1 day)
- Shrinks love talking about sex - or perhaps not? with Anne Power (1 day)
- Supporting People Experiencing Domestic Violence at Victim Support London (4 days)
- Supporting Female Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault at Victim Support London (4 days)
- Brief Solution Focused Therapy at Phoenix Futures (1 day)
- Motivational Interviewing at Phoenix Futures (2 days)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at Phoenix Futures (1 day)
As a registered member of the BACP, I am committed to abiding by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and Professional Conduct Procedure. This includes their comprehensive guidelines on confidentiality. I also engage in regular supervision, peer supervision and counsellor networking groups to keep my knowledge and skills up to date.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 for a 50 minute session.
I practice from a peaceful, spacious, well-ventilated room on the ground floor. There is unrestricted parking in the local area.
I offer face-to-face sessions and this is my preferred option. However, if there is a second lockdown, I will offer telephone and online counselling to existing clients. I am also able to work outdoors. I offer sessions of 50 minutes on a weekly basis. Occasionally, for practical or financial reasons, it can be helpful to have less frequent sessions.
Please message or text me to arrange your free 15 minute consultation. Following this, with no obligation, you can decide whether you would like to book an initial session.
I wish you well.