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MBACP PGCE BA Hons

About me

We are all influenced by the people in our lives and the experiences we have had both past and present, all of which serve to shape and define us. Sometimes we need help in understanding how the culmination of these factors can get in the way of being able to live life fully and with ease.

Maybe you're looking for relief from the pain of anxiety or depression. You could be struggling with life changes or loss. You may want a better relationship with yourself and/or those closest to you. I offer a non-judgemental space in which I can help you to explore your feelings, beliefs and patterns of behaviour. We can journey together into your inner world, make sense of your difficulties and create ways of coping, healing and thriving.

I work relationally which means the relationship we form as client and therapist is extremely important in terms of promoting healing. I may invite you to think about things differently or offer an alternative perspective. This is always done with an attitude of unconditional acceptance. I bring warmth, empathy and a sense of humour. I can be challenging where necessary whilst being supportive and compassionate. 

I am influenced by humanistic and psychodynamic approaches. This supports a flexible way of working that honours and values client uniqueness. In simple terms, at the core of each approach lie the central issues of how we relate, to ourselves, to others, to our past experiences and to our ever evolving sense of self.

I sometimes use guided meditations and breath work in order to create a sense of grounding.

I aim for my practice to be non-discriminatory. I work hard to ensure that I am aware of issues that affect minority groups to which I do not belong.

I am LGBTQIA+ allied. I am gender, sexuality and relationship diversity aware and supportive. 

I offer focused short-term counselling (typically 8-12 sessions) and long term therapy for anyone wanting to work through more complex and deep seated issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified and experienced integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor. I hold a BACP Accredited Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

As well as private practice I have worked with clients in a community counselling service and as a school counsellor. I have trained in mindfulness, meditation and yoga which informs a holistic approach to my work. 

I have extensive experience of working with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, challenging family relationships, low self-esteem, identity and stress.

I have experience of working with those affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

I have wide ranging experience of working with substance and alcohol misuse. I am familiar with 12 Step recovery programmes.

I regularly access a training programme of continual professional development.

Before becoming a counsellor I worked for 20 years as a secondary school teacher and leader, and as a behavioural consultant in both mainstream and pupil referral units for young people excluded from mainstream education.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £70.00 to £90.00
Free initial online session

Additional information

My fee for sessions in N1 is £70. My fees for sessions in W1 are £85 Friday and £90 Saturday.

When I work

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Currently I have in-person availability Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Highbury N1 and Friday afternoons in Fitzrovia W1.

Further information

Please contact me initially via email or text only.  

I will get back to you within 24 hours. If you don't hear from me within this time frame please check your junk mail. If emailing, it would be helpful if you could include your phone number as sometimes my email address sometimes gets blocked.

Once we make contact, we can then arrange a mutually convenient time for a free introductory call. I prefer to speak via video chat rather than a voice call.

During our call we can discuss logistics and you can ask me any questions you may have. Should you choose to proceed, we can arrange an initial appointment.

The first appointment has an assessment style. I will ask you questions about your personal history, why you are seeking counselling at this time and what you hope to achieve from it. We can also assess mutual suitability i.e whether I am the right therapist for you.

Sessions are 55 minutes long and take place once a week at the same time, day and venue. I also offer 90 minute sessions and more flexible appointments after an initial commitment of 8 weekly sessions.

Canonbury Natural Health Clinic, 265 Upper Street, Highbury, Islington, London, N1 2UQ

A Room In Town, 19 Nassau Street, Fitzrovia, Westminster, London, W1W 7AF

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

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