Many of us experience difficulties at one time or another during our lives. You may be feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or have relationship/family issues, or there has been a significant life event such as a bereavement, illness or redundancy. Or perhaps you just have a general sense of feeling low, lonely or isolated and don't understand why. Seeking help is a positive step.
I am an integrative practitioner which means that I use a number of different theories and approaches when I'm counselling, including psychodynamic and humanistic therapy. I adapt my approach to suit the needs of the individual client - because every person is unique. However, I believe that if you feel listened to, that I empathise with you and that you can trust me, you will feel more able to talk about your most private worries and concerns without fear of being judged. Exploring difficult thoughts, feelings and issues can help you to understand why you feel the way that you do and to work out, in a safe and supportive environment, what you can do to feel better.
The clients that I see are from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and are of all ages. I have considerable expertise in working with the 18-26 age group and with clients from creative and performing arts professions. It can take time to work through longstanding issues with a therapist, though at other times some more goal focused work is needed. So I work with clients short-term, medium term and long term basis. This is something we would talk about in our first meeting together.
Before qualifying as a counsellor I worked for many years in business management in the corporate sector. Since qualifying I have gained several years experience working as a Counselling Service Manager and Clinical Supervisor alongside my private practice. I also have experience of delivering workshops.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Diploma in Clinical Supervision
I am actively committed to continuing professional development to ensure that I keep up to date with best practice. This involves participating in additional training courses and workshops.
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.
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
I may have additional availability for practitioners looking for clinical supervision.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and we will normally meet at the same time, on the same day every week. I offer both daytime and evening sessions.
My practice is centrally located but in a warm, quiet setting, 3 minutes from South Woodford tube station on the central line. There are also excellent transport links via the jubilee and district lines, DLR and overland rail services.
I also have several years' experience of providing 1:1 and group clinical supervision in person, online and over the phone.