One of the most common reasons for people to seek counselling is the desire for some kind of change in their lives. Others seek counselling for assistance and support in coping with personal difficulties, which may be relationship issues, anxiety, loss, bereavement, ill health or feeling they are not living the life they find meaningful. They may want to come for couples counselling, following an affair or other betrayal, to improve their communication skills, or to address psychosexual issues.
Whatever the issues, I keep clients’ objectives central to the counselling process.
Counselling may give you a different perspective on the things which are creating difficulties in your life, and the insight and strategies to cope with the difficulties.
I know it takes courage to pick up the phone and to ask for help. When you first make the call to me, we will have a short chat to talk about what brings you to counselling, and make arrangements to meet for the first time
I offer a safe and secure environment where you can talk about difficulties you might not find easy to share with family or friends. I will not offer advice, nor tell you what you should do but I will listen, be non-judgmental and explore with you your feelings and thoughts.
Our sessions will facilitate your gaining an awareness of what might be holding you back or getting in the way of a more effective way of dealing with problems. They could help you make decisions in your life, or make sense of why you have got where you are.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for many years with cancer patients, their families and other health professionals, initially at Cancerbacup and subsequently with The Cancer Counselling Trust, and currently with Cancer Counselling London.
My practice allows me to see clients for a short and long term contract on a wide range of presenting issues. As part of my continuing professional development, I have trained in Somatic Trauma work, Couples Counselling, Narrative Therapy, and Attachment. I have a Diploma in Psychosexual Health from the Centre for Psychosexual Health, and an Advanced Diploma in Couples and Psychosexual therapy from NAOS.
Education and Training
2013 Adv. Dip, Relationship & Psychosexual Therapy, NAOS, London
2012 Cert, Couples Therapy, The Couples Institute, California
2011 Diploma in Psychosexual Health
2007-8 Attachment – Wimbledon Guild for Counselling
2005 Introduction to Narrative Therapy
2004 Cert. Couples Counselling, Metanoia, Ealing
2002 Somatic Trauma Therapy, Chiron, Ealing
1998-present - Numerous short training courses and workshops as continuing professional development
1997 Diploma Counselling (BACP Recognised) Integrative Psychosynthesis, Re.Vision
1993.Cert. (Merit) Creative Arts in Therapy, Institute for Art in Therapy & Education, Islington
1992 Master of Art, Royal College of Art
1972 BA, Univ of New Mexico, Sociology & Anthropology
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.
United Kingdom Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners
UKAHPP is a national accrediting organisation for all those who apply the theories of Humanistic Psychology in their work. The UKAHPP is an independent member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the UK Register of Counsellors.
The Association is made up of a number of different membership classes e.g. Associate Members, Affiliate Members, Full Members, each with different requirements for entry. Full Members may use the initials 'MAHPP' after their names, and have undergone a rigorous accreditation procedure relevant to their discipline.
All members of the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners must commit to acceptance of the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles, the UKAHPP Code of Practice, the UKAHPP Ethical Review Procedure and the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual £60-90 for a 50 minute session.
Couples £80-120 per hour, sessions usually 1 hour, longer by agreement
We will discuss payment in our first conversation.
Accredited with UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP)
Registered with UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Member of College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy
I am working online to see both couples and individuals, using doxy.com, which is secure, therefore providing confidential sessions. I will use FaceTime or Skype if necessary.