We all face periods in our lives when we feel stuck or overwhelmed. You may be facing a period of depression or anxiety, having difficulties in relationships, finding yourself repeating unhelpful or destructive patterns, or just looking for a change.
Finding a qualified therapist to address these issues with is important. When it's right, therapy is a space to explore and grow.
I offer a safe and confidential space where we will move at your pace. I work in a way that is open, honest, supportive and allows for lightness and challenge.
How I work
People often find it hard to find a therapist because the variety of models and accrediting bodies can be confusing.
There are a wide range of approaches to therapy but broadly speaking the most reliable predictor of whether any therapy will be useful for someone is whether they feel an alliance with the therapist they are working with.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist which means I am trained in, and I draw on, a range of approaches to psychotherapy and counselling. The way I work is dependent upon the client I am working with and what is required moment to moment. Key influences include humanistic and person centered approaches, psychodynamic, behavioural, existential and relational models. These models meet and diverge at various points.
In practice this means that:
- In our sessions we’ll probably spend some time talking about how your past relationships and attachments have shaped how you are today and the choices you feel are available to you
- I am interested in how you see things and I see you as the expert in your experience, sessions are typically led by whatever feels most significant for you
- Change comes about in many ways, sometimes through specific problem solving strategies, at other times through expressing and “working through” difficult feelings
- We will meet at the same time each week for 50 minutes except for agreed upon - holidays, for a fixed term or open ended basis
- You can speak to me in confidence, I will be honest, upfront and committed to our work
- You will need to be curious and willing to be open to new experience!
Who I work with
I work with a wide variety of people having all sorts of experiences. Issues I work with include: abuse, anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, trauma, stress at home or in work, relationship breakdowns, questions around sexuality and gender, family difficulties, alcohol or substance misuse, finding purpose and more. If you are unsure whether I can work with you please ask.
I am committed to ensuring my practice is an inclusive and respectful space for all; regardless of sexuality, gender identity, race, religion, age, body size or ability.
Training, qualifications & experience
I've worked in mental health and social care in some capacity for most of my working life. Before I trained to be a psychotherapist I worked in and managed rehabilitation and recovery hostels for adults with complex needs who were coming out of psychiatric units, prison, or, who were homeless. Later, I was a director of a charitable organisation providing services for people who were socially excluded, after this I worked as a commissioner of mental health services for the NHS and social services in south London.
I found what I enjoyed most was working with people at depth, and outside of the bounds of rigid models or institutional expectations. This is why I chose to train in psychotherapy.
In addition to my private practice I have worked for two years as a counsellor at London Metropolitan University & two years at The Minster Centre Therapy service.
Relevant Training & Qualifications
My post graduate counselling & psychotherapy training took place over 6 years
- Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Minster Centre
- Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Minster Centre
- MA in Integrative Psychotherapy from Middlesex University
- BSc in Psychology from Cardiff University
- Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility
- The Relational School
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
£85.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
My fee is £85 per session. I charge a reduced rate of £40 for introductory sessions.
I keep a number of lower cost session slots for those on low income, please let me know at the time of enquiry if you are looking for this.
I am based in East London but at present I am offering online sessions only
I have one or two available slots during office hours. I do not currently work into the evenings or weekends.
Please get in touch to arrange a no commitment introductory session, this is the best way to decide if working together will suit you. Questions are welcome!