About me

We all have times when life feels challenging. Feeling heard and supported can make a real difference.

Perhaps you’ve encountered difficult circumstances in your life. Perhaps you’re feeling anxious, depressed, angry or stuck, or struggling with the relationships in your life. Maybe you’ve been coping so far but things now feel overwhelming. Or maybe it’s been this way for a while and you really, really want it to change.

I aim to offer a safe, confidential space and a warm, trustworthy, respectful relationship in which you can explore your concerns.

In counselling terms, I’m an integrative therapist. This means I’m trained to work in a flexible way, drawing on a number of therapeutic approaches, to find the best way of working for you. Some clients may prefer a more practical approach, perhaps developing coping skills or considering solutions. Others may want to explore past experiences, or find creative techniques using drawing or objects helpful. We will work together to find what’s most helpful for you. Above all, I will always try to listen to you, and help you in clarifying your feelings, thoughts, goals and decisions.

I see clients face to face and online, via Zoom.

In London, I work out of my therapy room in Old Street. My room is part of a suite of therapy rooms and is in easy reach of Islington, Shoreditch, Moorgate and the City.

In Reading, Berkshire, I work from a counselling room in easy walking distance from Reading Centre.

I offer both short-term (time limited) or open-ended therapy. If you'd like to get in touch we can think together about what would suit you and your circumstances.

I believe we all have our unique ways of understanding and finding meaning in the world, and of coping with the difficulties we face. Exploring the ways we have been living, developing those that serve us, and discovering new ways, can lead to renewal, hope and change.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a post-graduate Diploma and an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London (a BACP accredited course).

In addition to my private practice, I work as a counsellor for a counselling charity in East London. I previously volunteered as a counsellor for a low cost counselling clinic in South London and as a counsellor in a state secondary school. Prior to my training I worked for many years as a tutor to young people. 

My initial vocation was creative writing and literature, and I see part of my role as supporting clients to examine and understand the stories they tell about themselves, perhaps discovering alternative ways these stories might be told that allow clients the freedom and agency to be more themselves in the world.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

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.

Fees

From £55.00 to £70.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I charge £45 for the initial session. Thereafter, I charge £55-£70 per session depending on time and location.

Sessions are 50 minutes long and will usually take place on a weekly basis, though please get in touch and we can discuss what would feel right for you.

Further information

As an Integrative therapist, I draw on a number of therapeutic approaches so that I can work flexibly with different clients. Core to my work with every client is working in a humanistic, person-to-person way; I work sensitively and collaboratively with my clients to develop a relationship that hopefully feels comfortable and safe, so that we can think together about what's brought them to therapy. I don't tend to tell clients what to do, rather I support them to think about their experiences more closely, to explore and better understand their own responses and consider possible options to help them find their own ways forward.

I have a special interest in working with stress, self-esteem and anxiety, and clients wanting to think about the ways they relate to themselves and others. I have worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships, employment, loss and addictions, among other issues.

I appreciate choosing a counsellor can be a daunting task, so if you'd like to see whether we might be a good fit, I offer a reduced first session to explore how we might work together and what you might want from therapy.

8-26 Bath Street
London
EC1V

Reading
RG1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Online platforms

Zoom
Emma Murray

Emma Murray