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BA, MBACP (Accred): Integrative-Relational Counsellor

About me

I am an accredited counsellor with NHS experience and a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I am currently working in private practice. I have had past experience in running a counselling service at a local GP practice in Kingston, working at the Kingston Women's Centre and working at Kingston Bereavement Services.  I have a counselling practice in the Richmond upon Thames.

What I can offer

Through counselling you are able to understand and deal with life's everyday pressures. The unique relationship between counsellor and client can help explore thoughts and feelings so that we are able to understand ourselves, our situations and our own issues in a better way. Acquiring these skills of understanding and awareness can help in making more positive choices in our lives, understanding our past and present and moving forward into the future.

I offer individual counselling and work with a range of issues including abuse, addictions, anger management, bereavement, identity problems, personal development, depression, loss, mental health issues, self-esteem, self harm, trauma, work related issues and general counselling.

I can offer long-term face-to-face, short-term face-to-face, telephone and time-limited counselling. Each person is unique and I tailor the therapy to the personal needs of the individual.


Who I work with

I welcome working with clients age 16 + irrespective of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, cultural/religious background or nationality.


Types of therapies offered

I am specialised in a range of therapeutical approaches enabling me to tailor my approach to the individual needs of each client which may include:

  • Integrative
  • Humanistic
  • Person-Centred
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Existential
  • Transpersonal
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA in Integrative-Relational Counselling, Middlesex University
  • Level 2 Counselling Skills Certificate
  • Level 3 Counselling Skills Diploma
  • Level 3 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

        I regularly attend workshops for continued professional development some of which have included:

  • working with bereavement and suicidal clients,
  • personal development
  • working with dreams
  • Mental health in teenagers
  • Addiction
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Attachment

As an accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I follow their Guidelines for Good Practice. You can read these on their website www.bacp.co.uk.

I have full professional indenminty insurance with Balens.

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

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

Fees

£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

The initial consultation is an opportunity to tell me about yourself and to discuss a relevant counselling approach and the number of sessions that would be suitable.

Fees per session are £65.00 for 50 minutes.

Counselling and Therapy Students: £55.00

I offer concessions to individuals on low income or benefits, subject to discussion.

When I work

Morning, daytime and evening appointments available. Please call or email me for further details.

Further information

Although I am bi-lingual in English and Italian, I only offer complete counselling sessions in English.

Consulting from -   RICHMOND TW9

Principally
practising ASCA, based in Richmond, just 8 minutes from Richmond Tube (District & Circle Line) or mainline. There are regular buses, as well as car parking facilities around the corner.

ASCA, 233 Lower Mortlake Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2LL

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Social