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About me

Hello, a very warm welcome to you! As we face these changing and uncertain times on our planet, you may be coming up against challenges that are exacerbating existing internal struggles. It feels more important than ever to find some sense of certainty and purpose in these difficult times.

Life is all about relationships in one form or another, how we relate to everything and everybody around us and of course, our relationship with ourselves.

You may be struggling in relationships with family, friends, partners, colleagues or maybe your relationship with drugs, alcohol, sex is becoming too conflicted and feels out of control. In therapy we explore the underlying issues and possible trauma, in order to create real and lasting positive change in your life.

Therapy is not a "quick fix" or a sticking plaster over a wound.

It's a space in which we can explore your patterns around self-destructive behaviours. Therapy helps us to develop self-compassion, to quieten our critical mind and to experience a calmer and more peaceful life. It is about learning to accept the very nature of being human.

It will be challenging at times, which is where growth lives; you will also have many moments of feeling a deep sense of relief and empowerment. We are looking to build on your self-worth and self-esteem, and to positively change your belief systems so that you feel more engaged with the world around you.

Clients frequently present with feelings of loneliness and of not belonging, and we look to gently transform these experiences in to having a greater sense of who you are and your place in the world.

My Approach.

I hold a space that is safe, non-judgemental, empathetic and compassionate. Our work together is collaborative with the goal of helping you move forward towards positive change in your life, to gain a clearer sense of self and to have a handle on your mental health.

The therapeutic relationship is paramount to effective therapy, so it is important that you take some time and consideration to find a therapist that feels right for you. It’s hard to know where to start sometimes, I know.

Next Steps.

I offer a 10 minute phone call at no cost, so that you can ask any questions and get a feel of how it is to work with me. Our initial session together will be an opportunity for you to share with me what you would like to address and from there we can explore how to work together.

If I'm unable to answer your call, please do leave a message and let me know when is a convenient time to call you back, at a time that you feel comfortable with privacy and confidentiality.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been in practice since 2013, and I hold a PG (Dip) in Psychosynthesis Counselling at the University of East London/Psychosynthesis & Education Trust.

I am registered and accredited by the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy. I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Good Practice. Aside from my private practice, I have worked for The Grove Practice and Koan in London.

My passion to become a therapist developed during my time in therapy, in which I wanted to understand self-destructive behaviours that were impacting on my life. I have been in practice for 8 years, professionally supervised and insured based in Central London. I have both a wide lived and professional experience, working with addiction, anxiety, childhood abuse, stress, burnout, loneliness, relationship issues and depression. I also work with other gay men with issues around chemsex, sex, sexuality, gender and shame.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.


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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

The very idea of having to self-isolate can bring on fear and anxiety; uncertainty around our livelihoods can trigger old and new coping strategies that may feel damaging to one's self.

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

  • £85 for individuals
  • £110 for couples
  • Please enquire for details of concessionary rates.

Online Counselling.

Working online together can be as effective and transformative as in-person. Some clients prefer to choose online counselling over meeting in person. This way of working can allow for more flexibility with scheduling appointments, making therapy more available for those who are unable to come to my practice in Central London. Some clients tell me that one of the benefits to working online is that they feel more comfortable to disclose virtually than they would face-to-face.

When I work

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I have availability throughout the week for online and in-person sessions in Brighton, please contact me to check my current availability.

Kemptown House, 72 Carlton Hill, Brghton, East Sussex, BN2 0GW

Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

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Straight run in to entrance of the building from the pavement. The lift is located just by the main entrance. You will be greeted by reception when you arrive.