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MSc. Registered member UKCP and BACP

About me

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 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

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.

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I charge £60 for 50 minutes. I am willing to discuss concessionary rates for those on lower incomes. 

When I work

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Further information

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, letting me know whether you are looking for online or in person therapy. I aim to respond within 24-hours during the working week. 

We would normally then arrange a brief 10-minute phone call free of charge so I can hear a bit more about why you’re seeking therapy. I like 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 ahead of setting up an initial session. 

51-55 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TE

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

The rooms I work from in Tunbridge Wells are accessible to anyone who may struggle with steps and stairs. There is a lift to the lower ground floor and a disabled toilet available on that level, as well as disabled parking just outside.

Additional languages

French

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom