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About me

As an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor I offer therapy to individuals, couples, and families who feel held back from leading healthy, fulfilling lives or are unable to enjoy rewarding relationships. I work collaboratively to bring into useful focus the important changes needed to move forward, possibly rebuild, and enhance your life.The work includes reducing toxic shame, developing connection, healing the inner child and rebuilding attachment wounds .

Clients include people who work in the creative industries many of whom appreciate flexibility in scheduling and my own experiences in working as a successful freelance photographer and freelance writer on film. I am a regular contributor to the American Journal PSYART and their yearly conferences, which combine my interest in film and psychoanalysis. I have led film and creativity workshops at Birkbeck College, and City University.

My Clients may be going through life transitions, such as divorce, relocation, the arrival of a new baby, work challenges or bullying, creative blocks, or struggling with the balance of family and demanding and challenging jobs.

Training, qualifications & experience

Drawing on the many inspiring teachers I have had the good fortune to work with, train under and feel inspired by; most notably the groundbreaking American psychologist John Bradshaw and the pioneering psychiatrist of Dr. Carl Jung. I have developed a unique form of inner child therapy that can help people with deeply wounded and shame based sense of self reconnect with their inner strength and wholeness. The work helps explore options by overcoming blocks that may have been buried under layers of depressive self limiting beliefs and incapacitating anxiety.

My trainings have been in Jungian psychoanalysis at Birkbeck College London University and Cognitive Analytic Therapy CAT at St Thomas’ Hospital 

I am a senior accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP

I am a regular contributor to PSYART where I write about films from a psychological point of view. Many of my clients work in the creative industries and find this useful.

I am a recognised  BUPA  insurance provider

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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

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From £80.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Health Assured
  • Saga
  • Vitality

When I work

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Folkestone, Kent, CT20

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

Psychodynamic and cognitive integrative supervision

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