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About me

Hello, my name is Fiona. I offer support on-line or by telephone at the moment.  My aim is to create  a calm reflective space where you can explore feelings and issues you are experiencing.  Sometimes even to have a difficult conversation.

There are times when it may be helpful to work on concerns you may be facing in life.  Choosing a counsellor is an important decision. Being comfortable and secure with your choice is the first step to developing a therapeutic relationship.  I want to ensure we are able to develop a connection that enables you to speak about the circumstances that are creating difficulties in your life.

I will work with you to support your exploration of making change and reaching self-understanding that reflects your own feelings and awareness. 

There are many reasons why individuals come to counselling.  For support and acceptance, to be heard and witnessed.  My approach is to offer an environment that is not judging and critical, that is understanding and respectful of you.  I acknowledge that you are the expert in your own life.  

Confidentiality is also important so that you feel safe sharing often very personal information. I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice which can be found online at the BACP website.  

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified counsellor and have been practicing for five years.  I am person - centred and humanistic in my  approach. I believe that individuals are the best experts about themselves.

I have worked with a wide range of individuals of all ages and backgrounds.  I have experience of clients who have brought a varied range of issues including post Covid pandemic impacts which are coming increasingly more evident. 

Member organisations


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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

I charge £55 per session.

We will have an initial discussion about what brings you to counselling and to see whether we would like to work together.  This will also be an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have.  If we agree to begin counselling, then we would arrange a weekly session and agree a contract. 

There is no charge for the initial session.

Further information

I work with adults and offer counselling either by video call or on the telephone. I offer both short -term or long-term counselling.

I offer support with anxiety and depression, difficulties in relationships, feeling stuck in life, loss,  personal development, self- esteem, stress,  wellbeing and work related issues

Hackney, London, E5

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