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About me

I am a warm, genuine and compassionate counsellor. I feel honoured to have had over 20 years experience working in mental health, including the last 10 years as an Integrative Counsellor / Psychotherapist. Working individually I use talking and other creative approaches to promote personal exploration, self-expression, insight and healing.

What exactly I offer:

I currently offer high quality phone / email-based short and long term Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. If appropriate, an extra dimension of Song Therapy (using the therapeutic power of music recreationally) is also available and may be incorporated into our work together.

My aim is to accept you for who you are; to listen carefully and sensitively to the difficulties you are experiencing and to facilitate self-awareness, understanding and growth. This may involve getting more in touch with your own wants and needs and increasing access to your own inner-peace, harmony, self-compassion and intuition…..all qualities of which I value deeply and I hope to encourage and develop in my clients to enable them to lead a happy and fulfilling life.

Coming to counselling may be a very difficult decision and naturally, you may feel anxious and nervous about it at first, but it is indeed a very courageous decision and one that may benefit you in the long term.

My approach

As an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, I draw upon a number of psychotherapeutic approaches. These include person-centred, narrative, symbolic modelling, Neurolinguistic Programming, psychodynamic, motivational, nutritional and cognitive behavioural therapies. I draw from a broad theoretical base with a wide repertoire of interventions, but you as a unique individual will always remain at the heart of our work together.

Notably, I avoid any mystification of the work I do, encouraging a collaborative and open dialogue and will draw on your own inherent wisdom and resources so you may become your own therapist when ready.

Specialisms / Presenting issues:

I specialise in the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating and Obesity. These difficulties may include Anorexia, Bulimia, or Atypical forms of these disorders such as Orthorexia, Binge Eating or Compulsive Eating presentations. In such cases, I use the NCFED led BPS approved way of working which is integrative and evidence-based, utilising many of the therapeutic approaches listed above. This approved way of working has an excellent success rate and is highly regarded, used by an affiliation of professionals nationwide.

I also have significant training and experience working with a variety of other presenting issues such as stress, anxiety, phobias, depression, low self- esteem, loss and bereavement, abuse, trauma, addictions and relationship issues.

Phone based sessions mean that you can access therapy discretely in your most preferred and comfortable space. However, it is important that you protect your therapy time and avoid any disruptions. Email therapy (secure and encrypted) may be even more discrete, convenient and you can engage in therapeutic work anywhere and anytime, whenever you are compelled to write. Email therapy is geared towards those with mild-moderate psychological difficulties. There is a particular emphasis on self-help and self-development and session content may typically be more focused. Both of these remote approaches - phone and email - offer immense benefits for certain individuals (see website) and I welcome queries and further discussion if you’re not sure which to go for.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

I have extensive experience of offering 1-1 therapy in various settings (i.e. charities, schools, GP surgery); experience of running therapy groups; and have worked in an NHS-based specialist Community Eating Disorder Service for several years; I now work in private practice.

Qualifications

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practice (based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and have completed a Master Practitioner Programme in Eating Disorders and Obesity. I am currently training as a Song Therapist and am also a trained Animal Assisted Therapist and performing artist and writer which has made my style creative and narrative focused.

Registrations

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP); a member of The Song Therapy Network/Directory and Complimentary Health Professionals (CHP); and am an Affiliate Professional Network Member of the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED).

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

Additional information

Telephone Sessions - £60

Email Counselling - £55 (save up to 25% with multi-session purchase) 

London, Greater London, N13

Type of session

In person