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BSc(Hons) Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Supervisor, MBACP & UKCP

About me

Welcome to my website! I am a qualified and experienced integrative counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and relationship counsellor. I am an accredited member of the UKCP and registered with the BACP which is recognised with the Professional Standards Authority.

Since qualifying as a counsellor, I undertook many professional training courses and qualifications in CBT and Mindfulness, Attachment theory, Gestalt training and couples counselling. I believe that my extensive training helps me work well with my client's needs.

If you are new to counselling or psychotherapy, please have a look around my website. Should you feel that this is something that can help you, please contact me using either the contact form at the bottom of the page or by mobile which is in the box on the left.

Could Counselling and Psychotherapy Help Me?

Many of us go through times in our lives that are painful and distressing, or have an addiction where we find it difficult to control certain behaviours leading to harmful consequences, turmoil in relationships, or may have difficult decisions to make in relationships or work life. Sometimes memories from the past present anxiety about the future which can make it difficult to cope with everyday life. We may have experienced trauma, anxiety or depression, social upheaval, an illness or a bereavement. These experiences may affect us in the way we grew up, who we choose to have a relationship with and how we feel about ourselves. We maybe repeating the same patterns of behaviour and negative thoughts, and feel that there is a dark shadow clouding over us. I invite you to talk about yourself. I do not offer advice however my aim is to offer a safe, supportive space where it is non judgemental but can be challenging and lively at times. My aim is to help you;

Have a deeper understanding of yourself.
Have deeper connections with others and help you grow in these relationships.
Understand the relationships we have with others.
Have a more balanced home life and work life.
Have greater achievements and goals.
Have better coping mechanisms with anxiety, stress and depression.
Have a greater purpose

I invite you to talk about your issues, explore your past experiences and relationships, emotions, goals, core beliefs and values, which helps we express ourselves and make sense of many aspects of ourselves; i.e. our anxiety, depression, bereavements, anger, self-harm, abuse and relationship difficulties. By understanding the affects these have had on our lives, helps us reach our full potential and make important changes in our lives.

Initially we meet on a weekly basis for 50 minutes and speak about what is important to you at this time. It is your choice how much you disclose about yourself. There maybe a specific issue that you want to work through and this space allows us to process this and give meaning to it using a mixture of therapeutic approaches, adapted for each client. These include psychoanalytical therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive analytic therapy, person-centred therapy, existential therapy and inner-child work.

Our cultural needs or upbringing may affect us in the environment.which we now live in. This includes our awareness of cultural influences such as age, development, disability, religion, sexual orientation, indigenous identity, nationality and gender.

I specialise in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with. Our work can include the impact this may have had on us. I work specifically with;

Anger Management
Childhood Issues
Eating Disorders
Emotional Abuse
Health Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Panic Disorders
ersonality Disorders
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Relationships and family difficulties
Separation and Divorce
Sexual Abuse

Unhelpful Habits
Work Issues

Training, qualifications & experience

My training began at Roehampton University on a BSc Honours Degree course in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I completed a post graduation course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at the Metanoia Institute, Supervision training at CPPD, and training at the Gestalt Centre. I maintain my CPD and training in the mental health field
I have also continue to attend specialist workshops on eating disorders, anger management and addictions.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

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£50.00 per session

Additional information

My fees are £50 for a 50 minute session for each counselling or online session. We can discuss this in our first initial session.

When I work

Monday to Saturday, daytime and evenings

Further information

My consuting rooms are based in South Croydon and Warlingham. They are easily accessible by public transport.

There is off street parking available.

Therapeutic Words, 70 Mayfield Road, Sanderstead, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 0BF

Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9JA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Ground floor premises with one step


In person

I offer integrative Clinical Supervision in Warlingham and South Croydon.

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