* COVID-19 update*
Our world is changing rapidly at the moment. Given some of the news coverage it would be hard not to worry about what it all means for yourself and those you love. Worry & anxiety are common problems at the best of times. During this very difficult time I am lucky I can continue to provide support in a safe way. I offer various ways to connect including video and telephone sessions if face to face (I have a large spacious office) does not feel appropriate. We are in this together.
A little about me
I am a Humanistic Integrative therapist with a special interest and knowledge in the treatment of Personality Disorders, including Borderline Personality and Narcissistic Abuse Recovery. I help many people with a wide range of psychological problems at my private practice in Hertford, Hertfordshire and online via Skype or FaceTime.
Humanistic means I believe all human beings to have potential. Humanistic therapies focus on self-development and growth. We need the right environment to reach our potential, which is not always there whilst we grow up. Humanistic counselling, therefore, aims at providing an opportunity to recognise your strengths, creativity and choice in the ‘here and now’.
Psychodynamic counselling uses the therapeutic relationship to gain insight into unconscious relationship patterns that evolved since childhood. Memories, dreams and other evidence of early relationships are used to make sense of current concerns. This practice aims to help you make sense of your existing situation and of the feelings and thoughts and associated memories that are brought about by this situation. In psychodynamic counselling, these feelings, thoughts, images and even dreams can be looked at to gain a deeper understanding of how you relate to yourself and to others.
Integrative means that as a counsellor I use insights from a variety of models depending on what feels right for you. My approach is supportive and involved, empathic and sensitive. I talk in a straightforward way, often inviting you to explore patterns of behaving and relating with others. I aim to create a safe space for you to share and reflect, to increase awareness and deepen understanding of what is going on for you and what you truly want, and to find your own way forwards towards solutions, acceptance and healing. I may also help you to identify practical approaches which can help you in making changes in your everyday life.
I am able to help with a vast range of issues including complex trauma, anxiety and panic, depression, difficulties with relationships or with parenting, affairs and betrayals, personality problems, narcissistic abuse recovery, substance abuse, eating disorders and addiction. I use a wide range of therapeutic modalities to help clients which include Psychotherapy, CBT, DBT and Schema Therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Psychotherapy Training, Experience and Approach
My journey in becoming a therapist started in 2013 where I studied a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Hertfordshire, gaining this qualification in 2015. I then went on to further study Humanistic Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the CPPD Counselling School in Hornsey, North London. I qualified in 2017 with a Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip).
Since this time I have completed many courses, to include, DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), Schema Therapy, Stress Management, Mindfulness, and Meditation. I use a number of these techniques to help my clients be kind and more compassionate to themselves. I have maintained my own daily meditation practice for a number of years and use mindfulness techniques with many of my clients as I find this vastly assists with a wide range of psychological difficulties.
I have a vast amount of experience; working with the elderly in a residential care environment; a Womens’ Centre with those who have suffered domestic violence, both psychological and physical abuse. I have worked with transition and bereavement in a hospice setting. I spent time working with those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their rehabilitation back into society. Before setting up a Private Practice I spent two years working within a NHS doctors’ surgery based in North London where I had a very busy and varied practice. After the Grenfell tragedy in 2017 I worked with the victims and survivors with acute trauma for three months, offering intensive support throughout the night. Regardless of any prior experience, I am very happy to work with whatever you may bring and I welcome a diverse range of clients.
I have a very holistic approach, I am a keen Yogi and enjoying walking in nature with my dogs. I very much believe that moving our bodies and staying active is imperative for optimal mental health. How we live our lives, from looking at what we eat (I believe it important to follow a diet which is well balanced and rich in vegetables and nutrients) along with looking at our sleep habits, are imperative factors which if not quite right, can almost certainly hinder our emotional wellbeing.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework.
My private practice is based in Hertford East, Hertfordshire, SG14. The practice is in my quiet home office and is very easily accessible by road (local free parking) bus and train.
Data Protection and Privacy
I am committed to the protection of your data and privacy. Details on how I manage client data is available on request.
Please do remember that you are not your thoughts and feelings. You are the space in which they come and go.
If you would like to make an appointment, please do get in touch.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
£55 - Individual session
£70 - First session (initial assessment session lasting 60 mins)
Individual sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually once a week – wherever possible at the same time each week. On our first appointment, we will meet for 60 minutes.
Skype sessions can be discussed.
From April 2020
Monday to Friday appointments SG14 9am to 8pm (evening appointments are limited)