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Counsellor & Psychotherapist (Reg. MBACP)

About me

If you are having difficulties as a result fo the lockdown, experiencing social anxiety, feeling anxious about meeting people and friends do get in touch. Restricted social interaction can put a strain in your relationships and you may feel anxious at the prospect of socialising again now that the restrictions are lifting.

Exacerbated stress and anxiety can trigger panic attacks and feelings of dissociation and detachment. I specialise in the treatment of anxiety and depression, depersonalisation disorder, first/second generation cultural struggles, LGBT identity issues, feelings of shame and guilt, family/ couple relationships.

Some people come to therapy because they want to understand or talk about difficult feelings rooted in their childhood, perhaps attempting to have better relationships with family members, a partner or friends. Central to my work is the quality of the relationship between us, I am often described as a warm, emphatic therapist.

About Myself

I started my career in social work and I have experience working with people who struggle with addictions, alcohol and drug related, panic attacks and depersonalisation disorder. I have experience working in the charity sector and IAPT NHS. I have also experience working in the mental health sector with people with Mild Learning and Disabilities. I have a two year old and I work part time in my private practice.

My background is in visual arts and I have an MA in this field and I am originally from Peru and speak Spanish as well as English. Perhaps this is the reason why artists, creative types, people from diverse mixed backgrounds some who travel and have settle here in the UK,  some who live abroad seem to be often amongst the people who come to see me for therapy. I have frequently been told they feel at ease and understood with me. 

My professional development has seen me undertake extensive and continuous personal psychotherapy and counselling. One of the benefits of which, is to help me empathise with your experience of coming for therapy.

How do I work

I offer a 50 min free consultation, which should give you an idea of how I work. The following sessions usually take at place the same day and time that is suitable to you, usually on a weekly basis.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.

I have worked in mental health for over eight years both in private practice and for the NHS. My clinical experience includes providing psychodynamic therapy and mental health assessments for the NHS, private and charity sector.

I have experience working with the LGBT community and people from diverse cultural backgrounds, first /second generation cultural struggle. I am able to provide therapy in both English and Spanish.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Disassociation symptoms, derealisation, detachment, intrusive thoughts, social anxiety, racism, first /second generation cultural struggles,  family issues, guilt, shame, identity issues, LGBT counselling, relationship counselling.

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From £60.00 to £80.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

Fees are between £60 to £80 per session. I offer a lower concession rate for students and trainees at £50 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am currently available for call and online video sessions via Zoom. Please get in touch via email or text and I will aim to get back to you within 48 hours. 

Further information

Some of the issues I can help you with are:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • low self-confidence
  • Loneliness
  • Feeling sad
  • Disassociation symptoms
  • Attachment disorder
  • Family difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • First generation cultural struggle
  • LGBT identity struggles

My work always begins with a thorough assessment of the nature of your problem and usually takes one hour.  This session should give you an idea of how I work and if I am the right person for you. If you decide to go forward, we can discuss options for a treatment plan,  and decide the focus and length of your treatment. Sessions are usually on a weekly basis at the same day and time we agree.

1 Snow Hill Court, Central London, London, EC1A 2EJ

56 Therapy, Albert Buildings, 49 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4N 4SA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Additional languages

I am a Spanish native speaker and I am both fluent in English and Spanish.

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