Hello, COVID 19 is causing an unprecedented amount of anxiety and distress, loneliness and financial insecurity. If you are in need of a qualified therapist to speak to in confidence at this worrying time, do contact me. I am offering shorter online or telephone sessions at a lower cost until further notice.
If you are reading this you may simply be curious, have a concern, a problem or situation that is affecting your life. Perhaps this is a new realisation or a lifelong sense that 'something is not quite right'. There may be an unprocessed trauma that leaves you feeling ‘stuck’. You may be interested in therapy as a process of self development or a way to find your voice.
Understanding your vulnerability, detaching from an unhealthy relationship, or addressing an addiction, yours, a partner or loved one. Therapy and counselling can support you by us working together to shine a light on aspects of functioning, thinking and emotional states which you may not consciously be aware of or understand. In psychotherapy we look at how your experiences, choices and behaviours are contributing to where and how you feel.
Working with me:
A good therapeutic relationship is central to the process of change and transformation.
I work from a client led perspective, which means there is no prior agenda, you bring what you need to bring to the session. I work with your unique material using empathy and respect to support you through our work together. I have many years of experience working with a full range of emotional issues which include but are not limited to: addiction, loss, stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, relational difficulties.
Art therapy is used to deepen the understanding through harnessing the symbolic nature of the arts. Experience of art making or considering yourself creative in any way is not a requirement for art therapy, all that is required is an open mind.
Art materials are not always used as dreams, metaphors and symbols all contribute to the process of discovery. I offer a range of materials to support the exploration of the unconscious which can allow the client to become aware of their inner world, using this creative process.
If you have any questions at all, please get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist using art materials to support the therapeutic exploration, working with adults, young people, couples and groups. My Masters degree was obtained at IATE (Institute Art Therapy in Education) in London, and subsequent trainings include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is valuable for PTSD, phobias, traumatic experiences, panic disorders, performance and other anxiety related disorders.
In addition to my private practice, I work with a low cost charity providing support for people suffering from a wide range of psychological issues. I have experience within the NHS Mental Health services; inpatient and community settings, offering 1:1 art psychotherapy and supporting a Dance Movement group. I attend regular supervision, Continual Professional Development seminars, training, workshops & lectures.
• Master of Arts - Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
• Advanced Diploma in The Therapeutic Application of the Arts
• Certificate in Counselling skills
• Certificate in Psychosynthesis
• EMDR level 1. All three levels will be completed by December 2020
• CATT [Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment]
• UKCP - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
• HCPC - Health and Care Professions Council
• BAAT - British Association of Art Therapists
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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.
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
Fees: Reduced fees for NHS workers
1:1 sessions £80-£100 fifty minutes
Couples: £160, ninety minutes
EMDR: £120, sixty minutes
Group: to be discussed
Non-therapeutic mentoring: £60, sixty minutes
Payments are made on the day by cash or bank transfer.
I offer a free twenty minute telephone consultation:
This is to discuss what you would like to focus on and the logistics of our first meeting, including location, session times and fees. I can answer your questions regarding how I work, however, I do suggest a first meeting to decide if we are a good fit for the therapeutic relationship that is necessary for building a trusting, safe environment for the work to progress. The first meeting will be charged at a lower rate, to be discussed during the telephone consultation.
Short, long term and open ended therapy are offered - together we can decide what suits your needs.
Concessions offered for
London NW1 - Marylebone or Edgware road station. Buses: 139, 189, 13,
London W2 - Bayswater or Queensway station. Buses: 70, 94, 148, 27, 23, 7