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(Dip. Counselling, MBACP)

About me

I am a qualified counsellor and in advanced training as a psychotherapist.

I know from personal experience how powerful the therapy space can be for processing painful thoughts and feelings, and exploring ways in which we feel stuck. It’s a place to share, in confidence and without judgment. I believe therapy can help build self-awareness and self-acceptance, to make sense of your life experiences, or find new ways of being in the world.

I have particular experience working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and the ongoing effects of adverse childhood experiences, including self-harm, addiction and suicidal thoughts. But whether you are struggling with something in particular, or have a sense of something not being right that you can't put your finger on, I can sit with you in exploring and making sense of your experience, and help bring about change.

My approach

Everyone is different and I tailor my approach to you as an individual, but attunement to your experience of the world is at the heart of how I work. I believe that, alongside difficult and challenging events in the present, our early experiences and relationships can have a profound influence on how we feel and behave, what we believe about ourselves and how we relate to others around us.

Therapy can bring about deep and lasting change, through exploring these beliefs and patterns together as they emerge between us.  Working through this can help you to find new ways to cope with the challenges that life throws, release emotions that have been blocked, or discover new perspectives and meanings that allow you to feel more comfortable in your own skin.

What I offer

I offer both time-limited and open-ended therapy, on a weekly basis. I don't prescribe the number of sessions - everyone has different needs. It is your choice, and something we can discuss together at the beginning, and review as necessary as the therapy progresses. However, I would suggest (though it is not compulsory) that a minimum of 6 sessions is advisable in order to gain any benefit from the work.

But you don't need to commit to anything before we've had a chance to talk: I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation to discuss what you might be looking for and to see whether we would like to work with each other.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • In advanced training towards MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)

I am also a Registered Member of the BACP and a trainee member of the UKCP.

Member organisations


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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Personal growth and exploration

Maybe you have a sense that something is wrong but can't put your finger on what the problem is. This is very common too, and something we can explore together.


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 per session. I have limited space at a lower rate for people on reduced income or out of work.

Further information

If you have any other questions about how I work, there is more information on my website:

And please don't hesitate to email me or call me on 07812 543383.

I offer an initial, free, 20-minute phone consultation to discuss what you might be looking for and to see whether we would like to work with each other.

Dragonfly Place, London, SE4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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I am now working face-to-face.

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