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BSc.(Hons) MBACP(Registered)

About me

In uncertain times we, as human beings, can struggle with not-knowing; be anxious over what the future might look like; be finding relationships difficult or be unable to sit in our here-and-now. Therapy can offer a space in which to explore and process this.

I believe that when I welcome you to therapy,  you walk in purely as a human being - unique and beautiful in your individuality.

Admitting to yourself that you need help is not easy - most of us want to be able to cope with every-day stresses and strains and manage life events and changes easily but the truth of it is, it's not always possible.

Counselling offers you a very private, personal space to embark on your journey of discovery, to look at what's going on for you, and around you - your sorrows and joys, your relationships, your loves and your hates, your reactions to situations and others, your ways of coping, or not coping, with the things life seems to throw at you.

In building a trusting and honest therapeutic relationship with a professional psychotherapist or counsellor who can be by your side as you journey into yourself, you can discover aspects of your self that have been hidden - perhaps for a long time - which may point you towards answers to the questions that many human beings ask:

"Why am I here?"
"What is it all about?"
"How did it come to this?"
"Who am I really?"
"What do I want?"
"Who do I want?"
"Where do I go from here?"

Perhaps things in your life are changing and you are frightened but can't let anyone see your vulnerabilities and frailties.

Much of our work will be in the 'here and now', exploring what things mean for you, both in and outside of the therapeutic space and often this can link to reactions you had in the past, offering insights into some of the fears and anxieties you have in life to-day. I have a particular interest in Existential theories and philosophies, which can work well  for adults on the Autism Spectrum, and with mature individuals and those seeking meaning in their lives.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor. I trained integratively at University Degree level (on a UKCP Practitioners course), drawing from several theoretical modalities to inform my practice including Person Centred Rogerian theory, Existentialism and Phenomenology, Psychodynamic theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I was awarded a 2.1 BSc. (Hons.)

I am committed to continuing my professional development and regularly attend professional training to enhance my practice and expand my knowledge, covering a wide area of professional interests.

I also attend regular clinical supervision in strict adherence to BACP guidelines for safe and ethical practice.

Experience:

  • working within the private sector and in private practice with a multiculturally diverse mix of clients.
  • working within the NHS as a staff counsellor for front-line staff and staff throughout the Trust
  • working for Transport for London as a specialist trauma therapist, facilitating client exploration of workplace trauma and many and varied other workplace and personal issues.
  • extensive experience of working with clients from the Arts professions including actors, writers, performers, musicians and artists.
  • regularly working with adults and young adults living with Autism Spectrum conditions
  • regularly working with adults and young adults living with ADD/ADHD
  • extensive experience of working within the voluntary, charity and private sectors with women and women's issues related to trauma from sexual and domestic violence.

I also teach on a CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills course for a Higher Education College.

I welcome clients from the United Kingdom and Europe.

I am committed to continuing my professional development and regularly attend professional training to enhance my practice and expand my knowledge.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

    I have a particular interest in the following areas:

  • Autism and Autism Spectrum Conditions - Adults and young adults living with Autism;
  • Autism and Trauma;
  • ADHD in adulthood
  • Parents and guardians of children with mental health challenges;
  • Parents and guardians of children on the Autistic spectrum;
  • Midlife / existential crisis - male and female;
  • Empty nest anxiety' - coping with change when children leave home;
  • Living with a disability or invisible illnesses;
  • Living with chronic pain
  • Menopause and peri-menopause
  • Carers and coping with caring;
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse - male and female;
  • Survivors of rape and sexual violence - male and female;
  • Survivors of domestic violence - male and female
  • Boarding School Syndrome
  • Agoraphobia;
  • Pet bereavement and adjusting to life without your pet;

Fees

From £55.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Vitality

Additional information

Working hours:

Face to Face - Monday daytime, Wednesday to Friday daytime. Monday evenings, Wednesday and Thursday evenings

Walk & Talk - Monday, Wednesday to Friday daylight hours only

Zoom - Monday, Wednesday to Friday daytime and evening

Telephone - Monday, Wednesday to Friday daytime and evening

Please note,  Tuesdays and Friday afternoons after 1pm are not available

Fees.
Initial 20-30 minute telephone consultation - FREE

Monday to Friday:

  • 9am - 5.25pm      £55
  • 5.30pm - 10pm     £65
  • Outside of session contact fees: £1.50 per minute

Home visits: Following a telephone assessment,

Daytime visits to elderly/housebound/disabled only (which includes my travel within the London Boroughs of Merton/Sutton).:  £65 per 50 minute session

  • Fees are payable strictly in advance by bank transfer before each session, or by cash at commencement of each session (cash receipts provided for you to reclaim from insurance providers)
  • Students: I offer a very limited number of lower-cost appointments to unwaged or no-income counselling students/trainees at £45 per session. CURRENTLY 2 SPACES AVAILABLE.
  • Qualified and practicing Counsellors and Psychotherapists on a low or reduced income. Please enquire for reduced fees.
  • Please note: Terms and conditions apply, particularly to missed sessions, cancellations and holidays, and information is provided as part of our initial introduction.

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Corporate Workplace Presentations (Bespoke or Pre-designed) - from £300

Small Experiential Groups (up to 8 members) £25 per member per 50 min session

I welcome referrals from employers, EAP's and from GP/IAPT services at the flat rate of £65 per session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I offer evening face to face from my home practice on Monday,  Wednesday and  Thursday only and the last appointment is at 9pm.

Further information

I offer corporate talks on workplace issues such as Menopause in the Workplace; Managing Stress and Building Resilience; Mindfulness; tailor made presentations on mental health topics of your choice.

I am a member of a group practice of psychotherapeutic counsellors called Counselling Wimbledon and I also have a home practice in Morden, Surrey.  I offer home visits under certain circumstances following an assessment.

I am a member of the BACP (Registered) registration number 688840) and respect and abide by the codes of ethical practice of both the BACP and UKCP.

Please note: my Morden clinic is run from my non-smoking home and, although no pets will be in the therapy room, it may not be suitable for clients with an allergy to cats.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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My Morden home clinic is on the ground floor. Toilet first floor via stairs.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

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