Life moves quickly. Often there doesn’t seem to be time to absorb what has happened or how it has affected us. Other times we might have a sense that something is wrong without being able to articulate what it is.
Therapy provides a space to slow down and reflect, whether in a time of crisis, such as a relationship breakdown or job redundancy, or for personal development, where people seek to know themselves more deeply.
Little by little, Gestalt therapy seeks to give the client a greater awareness of themselves, their circumstances, and their ways of relating. Counselling can also provide support during difficult or trying times.
I believe counselling can benefit anyone who is genuinely curious about themselves and provides a place where personal growth can occur. I often describe counselling as ‘work’ to clients, and it can be some of the richest and most rewarding work a person can do.
I am available for counselling sessions via Zoom during the pandemic, and for face-to-face sessions in Chelmsford and Shoreditch.
Why not give me a call or drop me an email for a consultation? We can then book an initial session and you can get a sense of how I work and if I am a good fit for you.
Counselling sessions are fifty minutes long and require a weekly commitment to attend. The session will be at the same time and place each week wherever possible. I initially suggest to new clients that we work together for twelve weeks, but this is not set in stone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my training with Birkbeck and then went on to study a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling with the London Gestalt Centre (a BACP accredited course). I have worked with men and women on a variety of issues such as family dynamics, difficult relationships, break ups, infidelity, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and work place harassment. I have also supported clients in recovery from eating disorders and alcohol dependency.
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
From £50.00 to £70.00
Concessions offered for
Each session is payable in cash at the beginning of the session. I operate a sliding scale for fees depending on location and I offer consessions for people from low income backgrounds, keyworkers, and students.
I am currently seeing clients face-to-face on Thursdays in Central Chelmsford and on Friday afternoons and evenings in Shoreditch, London. I am open to seeing clients over Zoom at other times, but my preferred method of working is face-to-face.
Sessions are confidential but I may discuss issues with my supervisor from time-to-time in order to serve my clients to the best of my ability. This is a requirement of the BACP (British Association of Counselling Practitioners) of which I am a member. The client’s anonymity is protected in supervision.
When I work
I have a background in performing arts and in publishing, so I understand the problems faced by creatives and people in the public eye. That said I am happy to work with people from all walks of life.