Style of counselling I am an Integrative counsellor and use a variety of approaches including CBT, MBCT, person centred and solution focused brief therapy. I combine these approaches according to the clients’ needs, believing strongly that no two people or issue can be solved with one process. I specialise in many areas including anxiety, depression, identity issues, relationships, self-esteem, well-being, self-harm and general counselling.
Why come and see me A variety of concerns can bring someone into counselling, and it’s not always an easy decision to make. My practice considers the difficulties surrounding that decision and the process itself. I work closely with you to build a working relationship that reflects your specific needs and goals. And I encourage regular updates on how we feel it is going and if there are any changes that need to be made. It is vitally important to me that you are comfortable with the path we are on.
What to expect in your first session Your first session is the assessment where we both get to know each other a bit better. It is really important that you like the counsellor you work with so in the assessment I encourage you to ask me about anything you feel is important in making this decision. It is also where you can tell me more about yourself and why you want to come into counselling. We then work out a possible plan before you make your choice.
Online Therapy There are a few things to consider when deciding to see a therapist online. Do you have somewhere private and quiet you can meet. Do you have access to a stable camera and somewhere comfortable to sit. If so, then I believe online counselling can be as effective as face to face. It also means I can offer more flexibility in when we can meet and it allows you to slot your sessions in to your own schedule more efficiently. And in these uncertain times knowing you have a safe space on a weekly or bi-monthly basis that won't be impacted by restrictions can be extremely comforting.
Mindfulness Over the past couple of years I have found that my work has focused more and more on the area of mindfulness and I have just finished writing a book with my twin sister about self-care and how to live a mindful life. This area has always personally interested me and I use it to help me understand myself better and focus on what’s important. I have also been amazed at the impact it has on clients from all backgrounds with a variety of issues. The clients themselves talk about feeling in control, content, focused and calm. I have witnessed clients move from a place of anger and fear to wellbeing and resilience. Knowing how and why your mind works the way it does allows you to take responsibility for what happens in there. You are able to witness your thoughts and recognise negative thought patterns and unhelpful thinking. You are able to find space and calmness in the moment, even when the rest of the world is rushing by.
Workshops Myself and my colleague, Jane Taylor, are two practising psychotherapists with more than 20 years’ experience between us of working with clients from a variety of backgrounds and professions. Combining this experience and using the latest research in neuroscience we have created an exciting and efficient course in managing the daily life stresses that limit us.
With three one-hour workshops we will show participants how and why awareness is the key to change using a variety tools that we also use in our own day to day work with clients. We will show you that by developing your awareness you can gain more control, worry less, achieve more and reach your full potential. For more information please contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the London Counselling Collective, a group of individual practitioners working together at a variety of sites around London. My website is available at the top of this page and the Collective website can be found at londoncounsellingcollective.co.uk.
I also worked at CASSEL Centre, a charity in South East London, as an Honorary Counsellor where we provided free and low cost counselling to clients. I was also the counsellor for Lewisham Young Women's Resource Project in partnership with CASSEL Centre working with vulnerable young females aged between 13 and 25. I find the variety in my work allows me to continue to explore new areas and learn about the various different experiences that each and every one of us encounters.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Certificate in Counselling & Counselling Skills
Post graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£65-£80 per hour for one-to-one sessions. This can be discussed at your assessment and a few limited spaces are available for a reduced fee.
Concessions offered for
I have co-written one book called The Mind Diet: Detox with my twin sister and we are currently working on our second book. The first book has been designed to help people develop a self-care plan that suits their lifestyle. We explain the different ways you can explore attaining a calmer mind and various nourishing activities to refresh and reinvigorate you.