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CPsychol, MPhil (Oxon), MA, FRAI, MBACP

About me

The co-founder of the Box Tree Clinic in the Harley Street area of Marylebone, where I was clinical director, I am trained in the application of several therapeutic modalities and specialise in humanistic and psychodynamic psychotherapy for many issues including relationship issues, anxiety, bereavement, and depression. I am a specialist in trauma and Narrative Exposure (NET) therapy for PTSD and C-PTSD from sexual abuse, complex grief, war, and disaster. I have a special interest in working with adults with ASD/Aspergers. Visit comfortshieldspractice.com for more information.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a graduate of Oxford University, Fielding Graduate University (APA Accredited, California) where I had over 5 years of full-time post-graduate psychology training, and trained clinically at Yale University Medical Centre. Clinical psychology training in the United States is comprehensive and prepares psychologists to be psychotherapists, diagnosticians, as well as academics.

I have published peer reviewed articles in leading psychology journals, and presented research at the American Psychological Association's national convention. I have completed extensive original research on complex bereavement, attachment, and temporality and was awarded the Creative Longevity and Wisdom Fellowship from the Institute for Social Innovation. Psychoanalyst, philosopher, and author of Trauma and Human Existence, Robert Stolorow described reading my research as "an exhilarating experience". I have spoken on dozens of radio programmes about suicide loss survival.

Member organisations


British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Survivors of sex trafficking
  • Adult children of borderline (BPD) parents

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£150.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva

Additional information

I also accept Aetna, Bupa international, Cigna, and Cigna International.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please visit my website to view my online calendar and to make a booking.

Further information

I am a recognised provider of Aviva, Healix, and Vitality Private Insurance.

I am glad to provide invoices to clients to be reimbursed by the following insurance companies:

  • Cigna Global
  • Bupa International

4 Devonshire Street, London, W1W 5DT

Type of session

Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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