How can therapy help?
All of us may experience challenging times in our lives that we may feel unable to escape or overcome. Put simply - everyone at some point could use some support, and therapy may be a way to offer this support. Therapy can give insight and help us rediscover the strength and inner capabilities we hold to enable ourselves to move forward – from being at the mercy of painful long- or short-term issues towards an existence with more clarity, understanding and the happiness that each one of us deserves to experience.
What to expect in the first session
For some of us the idea of therapy may be somewhat daunting, as we do not know what it entails, or think that it may not be for us. As I fully appreciate that a strong therapeutic relationship is a fundamental contributor to the therapy process, I always offer an initial meeting to establish if we would both like to move forward with further sessions. In this session present and past issues could be broached and discussed, and we could consider your hopes and expectations for the therapy. It can also be an opportunity to see how comfortable you feel in a therapy setting.
Therapy as personal growth
Therapy is not there to 'fix' a person. Each of us already holds what is needed to help ourselves recover and move forward in life. Through gaining understanding of ourselves we may begin to learn what and when we would like to change about ourselves and/or our situation, and what elements we would like to learn to nourish and accept. We can regain personal purpose and power that we may have felt lacking, retrieving it from whatever it is that has been holding us back.
I am a therapist at the City of London Therapy Centre, the website of which is listed under my name at the top of my profile.
I hold my therapy sessions in this quiet and private Clerkenwell converted townhouse, conveniently located near various transport links.
Old Street station is 9 minutes away, as is Barbican Station. Angel is only 17 minutes walk.
Buses number 55, 243, 394, 43, 205 and 214 all stop near the practice.
There are various cafes nearby to have a relaxing tea before or after your session, should you wish.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a level 5 FdA in Counselling, practicing for almost a decade. As a Registered Member of BACP, I fully adhere to their Professional Ethical Framework. Coming from an Arts background, I also hold a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies and an MA in Creative Writing: Scriptwriting.
I am an experienced and qualified Person-Centred therapist and so work in a client-led, humanistic way. However, the way in which I work with each person will be tailored to them and them alone - I believe the therapy must fit the client and their needs, not the other way round. With this in mind, I may feel it helpful to draw on skills from other therapeutic models.
I have appreciated being able to help many different people, from varied backgrounds and walks of life, with both simple and complex issues. As well as my work in general therapy practice I have worked within the fields of bereavement, school and college environments (staff and students).
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
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
£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
My fees are currently £75 per 50-minute session.
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation before meeting, to discuss what brings you to seek therapy and to arrange an initial session.
I provide long or short-term therapy, depending on the needs of the individual. This can be talked about in the initial meeting, and re-addressed at any point during the therapy.
I am also happy to offer online and telephone counselling, for those who find it difficult to come to the practice.
When I work
I am available to see clients on Wednesday-Friday between 10am and 8pm, and on Saturday between 10am and 4pm.