I work from a humanistic perspective which means that I believe the relationship which develops between client and counsellor is key to facilitating understanding, acceptance, genuine regard and the potential and capacity for change.
My view is that the client is best placed to determine the focus and pace of sessions. It is my aim to facilitate this by offering a safe and confidential space where you can talk freely about yourself and your life and to engage with you openly, without judgement.
My guiding models are person-centred and existential. These approaches compliment each other well with both supporting the potential of the client to see themselves as an individual with power, freedom to change and an ability to gain a clearer understanding of their world.
I work with a diverse range of people with a wide range of issues, life experience and backgrounds. Something we share is a curiosity and desire for insight and understanding.
I have the benefit of undertaking counselling from both sides, as a client and as a counsellor, and have experienced the transformative possibilities this relationship can have. Through the counselling process, I have acquired skills which have been extraordinarily useful in determining outcomes in my own life and which have helped me in my efforts to be an open and authentic individual. I believe that I am able to use those skills to good effect, to be present, as a practitioner in the joint exploration of self-determination and agency. I offer short term, time limited and long term, open ended therapy to adults over 18.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work in private practice in North London - Seven Sisters, and have worked as an Honorary Independent Psychotherapist (HIP) with a leading UK charity. I have also worked at East London Out Project an LGBTQ project in Walthamstow, East London.
I am a Registered Member of BACP and a member of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility.
I trained in both person-centred and existential models and work with people across a wide range of experiences and backgrounds sharing a purposeful quest for insight and understanding.
- Post-grad diploma in person-centred and existential counselling* 1996-1998
- Foundation certificate* 1994-1995 & introduction to counselling* 1994
*All professional training courses accredited by 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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
An initial meeting is free and subsequent sessions are charged at £55 for 50 minutes.
I review charges on an annual basis and notify clients in advance of any change.
Public transport links provide good access from North, Central and East London. I am located three minutes walk from Seven Sisters tube & rail (Victoria Line - exit 3) and South Tottenham (overground).
Buses 76, 149, 243, 476, all stop at the end of the street. Bus 41, 259 & 279, stops are five minutes walk.
My practise room is located on the first floor and therefore, regrettably, not wheelchair accessible.