We all face different struggles in our lives. You may be feeling low, anxious, angry or lonely and you don’t know why. You may be struggling with a difficult relationship at home or at work. Perhaps your struggle is a response to a change, difficult event or a loss in your life. Your struggle may be something you’ve been engaged in for as long as you can remember.
I believe that when we can take the time to explore our experiences and feelings, with someone who can listen with genuine care and curiosity, we can emerge from our struggle to feel better ‘met’ in the world, to be able to engage in our lives more wholeheartedly.
I offer confidential face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy, both on a short-term and long-term basis, both online and in person.
I work within the humanistic integrative philosophy. I see us all as having a tendency towards wholeness, growth and healing given the opportunity. I see my role as providing that opportunity, by offering you a real, safe and trusting therapeutic relationship.
My aim is to provide an empathic balance between support and challenge so we can explore and confront whatever feels relevant to you, in the now and in the past. I believe our work together can help you to address the difficulties you face; to achieve more balance in your life; to feel more fulfilled in your work and relationships; to find a place of greater awareness and acceptance.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained over five years at Metanoia Institute in west London, one of the leading training institutions in the UK in counselling and psychotherapy.
I have an MSc in Humanistic Psychotherapy from Middlesex University in collaboration with Metanoia Institute, accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the main organisational body for psychotherapy in the UK.
I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling, both from Metanoia Institute.
I am a Registered Member of both the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also a member of the Metanoia Institute and I adhere to all three organisations’ Codes of Ethics.
As well as working in private practice, I have worked for two community-based counselling services in West London.
I have a degree (BA Hons) from Manchester University. My first career was as a UK national news journalist. I then went to live and work abroad in several countries in Africa before settling in Kent with my family.
I was inspired to become a psychotherapist by my own empowering experience of being a client over several years.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
Concessions offered for
I charge £60 to £65 for 50 minutes, depending on the location. I am willing to discuss concessionary rates for those on lower incomes.
Our first session is an opportunity for us to meet and consider if we are a good ‘fit’ for each other. If you would like to book an exploratory session please email or text me. I aim to respond within 24-hours on week days.
We would normally then arrange a brief 10-minute phone call so I can hear a bit more about why you’re seeking therapy. I want to have a sense of whether I have the skills and experience you’re looking for before we set up an initial session. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you may have. We would then be able to arrange a time to meet.