I am an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor which means that I have studied a range of different therapies and how to put them together to best meets each client’s individual needs. Everyone is different and with each new client, I attempt to be the therapist they need.
I am an experienced, qualified and registered counsellor. I am committed to providing a space where clients can be heard, and where clients can contact and explore their emotions safely while feeling fully supported.
Two of my main influences are person-centred counselling which is about really listening to clients, hearing and accepting them and therapeutic bodywork. We carry a lot of emotion and unresolved feelings in our bodies and working with this actively can be powerfully transformative. I also have a long-term interest in mindfulness and meditation; I have benefitted from an active meditation practice for over 20 years.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked as a teacher with young adults for many years. In that role, I saw that the most valuable learning happens when pupils feel heard and valued. I now bring that non-judgmental attention to my therapeutic work.
How Counselling and Therapy Can Help
Lots of research shows that the real decisive factor in generating positive results in counselling and therapy isn't the type of therapy, it's the quality of the relationship between therapist and client. I can testify from my own experience that been heard and genuinely understood by another person can be really powerful. I really value, and strive for, moments of genuine emotional contact with my clients as I think these moments can help us think and feel differently, and feed into growth and change.
Your first session
I begin with really trying to hear the client and work out what's going on for you emotionally and cognitively, and to look for moments of genuine contact. I will try and hold onto and explore these emotions as appropriate, and perhaps ask questions to deepen your experience here. I will attempt to clarify what's occurring for you, and I may draw attention to any conflicts or contradictions that I notice. I might direct attention to the body as a way of exploring here. I will also try and hold in mind or discuss any broader, longer term goals as to where you want to the work to go, how you want to be, alongside any other problems that present themselves and need solving. I will finish the session with an assessment of how it's gone for you and trying to form a plan for future work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the University of Roehampton in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, graduating in 2021.
I have several years of experience working as a counsellor for The Centre for Better Health in Hackney since 2018, seeing a wide range of clients from the area. I have worked with clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, BPD, alongside many others.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I charge £60 per hour after a free initial telephone consultation. I provide concessionary rates for low waged and students.
I'm available Tuesday and Weds evenings, Weds and Friday days.
I work out of premises in the centre of Hackney in addition to sessions on Zoom.
What to expect from counselling and therapy
All of us experience life as difficult and painful. A counsellor can lend a ear to your problems, deepen your experience of what you are feeling and hep you negotiate how to face you future. Having someone to see, to talk to, and over time to trust, can in itself be very helpful.
Working directly with the body, via work with the breath and directed attention, can be very powerful, and access emotions and feelings that have perhaps long been hidden. I aim to provide a space where you can begin to explore your relationship with your body gently and safely.