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About me

I am a Relational, Humanistic & Integrative psychotherapist using Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy as my primary therapeutic model, which I complement with Existential Psychotherapy, Gestalt Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). 

I am a Coaching Psychologist, accredited with the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) at the Senior Practitioner level, offering a range of services for personal and business development. I also offer 1-to-1 and group supervision to coaches. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I specialise in supporting clients with complex trauma and childhood issues, providing a safe, brave, and supportive environment to explore difficult and challenging themes.

I work with adults on an individual basis as well as couples. In addition to my core psychotherapy training, I hold an Advanced Certificate in Couples Therapy and work with a range of issues including relationship breakdowns, infidelity, dealing with divorce, communication problems, and sexual issues.

Although I work primarily with adults, I offer a range of therapy services for young people aged 11 - 17 years old. I hold a Certificate in Therapeutic Work with Children & Young People.

I am also trained in Brainspotting: a powerful, focused treatment method that identifies, processes and releases core neurophysiological sources of emotional or body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms.

I work with a Trauma-Informed approach, co-creating and promoting personal empowerment and spontaneity of expression.

As well as clinical work, I offer a range of coaching services for personal and professional development. I use many of my psychotherapeutic skills to dive into deep discovery for growth. 

Empathetic in nature, with excellent communication skills, my personal and professional ethics are based on attunement, independence, autonomy, and inclusion.

​I am committed to working with people whose native language is not English. My practice is disability friendly, as well as Neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ inclusive.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£60.00 per session

Additional information

Sessions from £60

Concessions available

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Supervision

Online

Coaching Psychologist & Coaching Supervisor

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