I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist with a supportive and practical approach that I am able to adapt to suit your individual needs and lifestyle.
I qualified as an Integrative Psychotherapist. This means I am trained in a variety of different therapeutic approaches that I am able to integrate and tailor to suit your specific needs. These approaches include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Psychoanalysis, Person-Centred/Humanistic and Existential therapy.
I also have an interest in the benefits of exercise, music and art on psychological well-being.
Making the decision to begin counselling is never easy and I respect the courage and commitment required to undertake this process. Therefore, it is my starting point and fundamental aim to create a safe, confidential environment where you can speak freely about anything you wish without fear of judgement.
In doing so I can provide you with regular and consistent support and help equip you with the tools you need to feel psychologically strong and emotionally healthy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been seeing clients in individual therapy for over 10 years and currently work as an NHS Psychotherapist in Hounslow, taking referrals from GPs. This has given me the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds, with extremely challenging personal circumstances and to learn what is most effective in helping them. I also work as a psychotherapist at www.theschooloflife.com.
Previously I have worked as a counsellor for the mental health charity Mind and spent 4 years with Cruse specialising in bereavement counselling.
Before (and during) my psychotherapy training I worked in advertising analysis and consultancy. I also have a degree in Physiology & Pharmacology from University College London.
I completed all 6 years of my psychotherapy training at Regent's University School of Psychotherapy & Psychology in London and am a fully accredited member of the UKCP and a registered member of the BACP.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
Each session costs £80 for 50 minutes.
If you would like counselling the first step is to call or email so we can arrange to meet.
The first meeting will be an opportunity for us to discuss what has brought you to counselling and what you would like to get out of the sessions. It will also provide you with an opportunity to ask me any questions.
I will give you some information about my practice and how I work so you can make an informed decision about what is best for you. Then you can contact me when you feel ready to take the next step. There is no commitment to continue after the first session.
I offer short term (6-12 sessions) and open-ended counselling. Some people find it useful to try counselling for an initial 6 sessions after which we can discuss whether you wish to continue.
When I work
I am currently available every Thursday at the Brackenbury Natural Health Clinic in Hammersmith. I am also seeing people online. My Liverpool Street practice is currently unavailable.