MA (Cantab) MSc MBACP (Accred)
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I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist with more than 14 years experience working both in the NHS and in private practice.
I am also a trainee supervisor and offer low cost psychodynamic supervision whilst doing my supervision training at The Society Of Analytical Psychology.
Based in Acton W3 and Hammersmith W6 in West London, I offer one-to-one counselling/psychotherapy on either a short or long term basis to those experiencing a wide range of symptoms and problems including:
- anxiety and stress
- bereavement and loss
- relationship and family difficulties
- work and career issues
- traumatic events, abuse
- low self-esteem, identity, body image
- physical health problems
- life transitions including mid-life crisis, retirement
I am a fully accredited member of BACP, (this means I have a substantial level of BACP-approved training and experience), I abide by their professional code of ethics and practice, and hold full indemnity insurance. I am also a registered member of the Association of Analytical Psychotherapists (APP).
How does counselling/psychotherapy work?
I provide a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgmental place for you to explore, understand and work through problems and difficulties to foster a greater sense of wellbeing.
As a psychodynamic practitioner, I work with an emphasis on relationship – how we relate to ourselves and others. This can be affected by our early experiences and may link to symptoms of depression and anxiety. Sometimes we find it hard to connect to, and work through, difficult and painful feelings and we form defences to help us cope and manage them – not all of these defences are helpful.
My approach will encourage you to understand underlying emotional conflicts and to develop new ways of coping with difficulties, to find meaning and where appropriate, make changes in your life.
Gaining insight into the nature of your difficulties can bring enormous relief as you begin to address unhelpful, often negative patterns of thinking and feeling.
My work draws on ideas from Jungian Psychology, CBT and Compassion-Focused Therapy as well as being informed by my passion for, and background in, classical music.
We would start with an introductory session to give you the chance to see if therapy might work for you; the session involves no commitment beyond this first meeting. Initially, we would explore what you wish to get out of counselling/psychotherapy and how we could do this together. The relationship between the individual and the therapist is of paramount importance in therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSC in Psychodynamic Counselling/Psychotherapy - Birkbeck College, University of London
Certificate in CBT skills
DIT (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy) Practitioner with BPC registration (NHS and private)
BA Hons (Cantab) and MA (Cantab) in Music - my background and passion for classical music both informs and complements my work as a therapist.
Accredited member of BACP
Registered with the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (APP)
Accredited Practitioner for BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine)
I have worked in the NHS in Primary Care - both individual and group work - and have also worked with staff in the NHS and for charities. As part of my Private Practice, I work for a number of insurance companies including Axa and Bupa (in Acton), and also work with trainee therapists and music therapists.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£70 per session in Acton, £85 per session in Hammersmith.
£50 per session for supervision in Acton.
Some concessions available for students, low income and unemployed.
When I work
Appointments are available Monday - Friday, during the day and in the evening.
I am close to tubes, buses and mainline stations including Acton Mainline and Acton Central, plus free parking is available at most times.