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Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP

About me

I am a fully qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist working with adults. I have a special interest and experience in the stages of Early Adulthood and Pregnancy and Parenthood. 

Why seek counselling or psychotherapy?

We can all have times in our life when we experience emotional difficulties or situations we struggle to work through. 

Perhaps you are feeling anxious, tearful, low in mood or depressed. Perhaps you have noticed other changes in your mood or are simply 'not feeling right' at present.

You may be aware of the cause of your distress or are otherwise confused about why you feel the way you do.

How can counselling help?

Seeking counselling or psychotherapy can feel daunting. You may find it difficult to confide in and trust others.  You may feel that no-one will understand you. Or you may feel embarrassed, ashamed or guilty about how you are feeling. 

Counselling provides a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to be listened to and understood.

Sharing your thoughts and feelings with a trained counsellor can provide relief. It enables you to explore and gain insight into your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Having this deeper understanding of yourself can help you to…

  • work through your difficulties,
  • feel more in control,
  • make changes to patterns of thinking and relating to others, and
  • live a more fulfilled life.

What issues can I help with?

I am able to work with a wide range of issues, including: anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, intrusive and disturbing thoughts, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, self harm, trauma/PTSD, loss and bereavement, identity issues, body image, eating disorders, parenting issues, relationship issues, life changes/transitions, work anxiety and chronic illness.

My experience in pregnancy and parenthood includes: struggling to conceive, baby loss, anxiety in pregnancy, birth trauma, postnatal depression and anxiety/depression during parenthood.

Whatever your circumstance, I encourage you to get in touch so we can discuss your individual needs.

What happens next?

If you are interested in counselling or psychotherapy, please contact me and we will arrange for an initial consultation.

The initial consultation will take up to 60 minutes. Here we will explore what brings you to counselling and any relevant past experiences and emotional difficulties. We will also establish if I can help you or if I recommend other areas of support.

​Following the initial consultation, we can establish a program of therapy to suit your needs. This usually takes the form of weekly sessions, lasting 50 minutes in length.

I offer both short-term and long-term/open-ended counselling and psychotherapy. Short-term counselling focuses on specific outcomes or goals. Long-term psychotherapy offers greater time and space to understand the more unconscious aspects of yourself and any unresolved issues connected with your present difficulties.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified BACP registered Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist.

I have experience working in different settings, including a student counselling service and perinatal counselling service within the NHS. I am also an ongoing volunteer for a pregnancy crisis and support charity.

My training and qualifications include:

MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Birkbeck, University of London

Diploma in Integrative Counselling, AIPC (Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors)

BA (Hons) in Psychology, Management and Organisations, Lancaster University

Prior to becoming a Psychotherapist I worked as a Qualitative Market Researcher, exploring the unconscious aspects of consumer behaviour.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

The initial consultation and all subsequent sessions are £55. 

St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Online platforms

Zoom