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MA, MBACP (Accred), She/Her

About me

Hello and welcome to my page. I am glad you are here.

I like helping people to feel safe and grounded within themselves and in the world.

I work in a trauma-informed holistic way. My approach is evidence-based, draws upon a number of well-established theories and therapies and reflects my core values as a practitioner: non-judgement, respect, collaboration and honesty.  I aim to provide an inclusive service irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, or disability.

I often work with clients experiencing longstanding and complex difficulties including chronic emotional dysregulation and relationship/attachment issues. 

My specialisms include:
Depression
Co-dependency
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Trauma and Complex PTSD
Issues with a sense of self and identity

My therapeutic approach

I work with you as a whole person and do not look for pathology. My aim is to meet and understand you as another human being and to support you in your personal growth and healing.

Therapy is a relationship that allows you to meet and truly know yourself. It is a space for you to feel and express emotions, recognise what you need and ask for it, say ‘no’, take risks, make mistakes, be vulnerable, be in charge, test boundaries – or do whatever else is needed to fulfil your specific therapeutic task and start living life on your own terms, making conscious choices that feel right to you.

My therapeutic style is active and collaborative. In sessions, we explore and revisit your mind, sense of identity, emotions and recurring behaviour patterns. My integrative approach brings together psychodynamic and humanistic principles and draws from attachment theory, neuroscience, mind-body therapies, Gestalt,  and Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy.

I believe that the patterns that emerge in our relationships with ourselves and other people are key to who we are and how we feel. This includes the counselling relationship. You will notice that I often pay attention to what happens between us and will invite you to do the same.

The goal is to increase self-awareness and bring about emotional change. It is a moment-by-moment process where we don’t just talk ABOUT things but work towards finding and attending to where your life is stuck or where you feel pain or emptiness. We work directly with emotions and you learn to use your emotions as information to figure out your needs and the ways to meet them.

Coming to counselling and opening up to a stranger can be challenging. It is my priority to provide a safe and confidential space for you to be in. I will treat everything that you share sensitively and with respect.

Couples therapy

I practice Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT-C). In this approach, we work towards understanding the repeating negative patterns in your relationship and then go deeper to access the underlying emotions and needs. Saying what you truly feel and need and hearing your partner share their true feelings, can break the negative cycle and restore closeness and intimacy.

How to get started

As coronavirus continues to impact our lives, we will do the work remotely via Zoom video link or over the phone. Delivering therapy in this way has proven to be just as effective and comes with the added benefits of being more flexible and safer during Covid.

Please use the buttons on this page to contact me by email or text, or to book a free intro call. 

The work starts with an initial consultation, which is an opportunity for us to think about your needs in therapy. I will invite you to share what brings you to counselling, what you might want to understand about yourself and what change you hope to experience in the process. We will then discuss how we may work towards your goals. For you, it Is also an opportunity to size me up and to decide whether you want to work with me.

If it feels helpful and you wish to continue with regular counselling, we will agree on the day and time of our weekly sessions.

Please, contact me with any questions.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling – University of Leeds

Diploma in the Practice of Supervision - Leeds Centre for Psychological Development (LCPD) 

Certified PCE-CfD Therapist (Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression) – York St John University

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) Level 1 - Southern California Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy (USA)

Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT-C) - Southern California Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy (USA)

Modules from MSc in Clinical Mental Health Counselling  -
Nova Southeastern University, Florida (USA):

  • Human Sexuality
  • Group Theory and Practice
  • Substance Abuse Counselling

Integrating Care: Depression, Anxiety and Physical Illness - King's College London

Honour-Based Abuse and Forced Marriage - Karma Nirvana with NHS England

Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, Level 3 - Mandatory Training Group

Data Security Awareness, Level 1 - NHS England

I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework.

I am committed to continuous professional development and stay on top of current research in the psychological therapy field. I am subscribed to research databases to browse and read important new publications and I undertake further training regularly.

My experience includes working as a counsellor in the NHS, voluntary sector and higher education settings. Alongside my private practice, I currently work with NHS patients as a Counsellor for Depression.

I am experienced in working with difference and cultural diversity, including working with interpreters. I offer therapy in English and Russian.

I train counsellors and mental health workers in the following areas:

  • Working with Interpreters in Psychological Therapy
  • Person-Centred Safety Planning (collaborative, recovery-based approach to assessing and managing risk, such as suicidal thoughts or self-harm)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Maladaptive daydreaming
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Chronic physical illness
  • Honour-Based Abuse and Forced Marriage

Fees

From £52.00 to £60.00

Additional information

Individuals: £52 for a 50-minute session
Couples: £60 for a 60-minute session

When I work

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Further information

My practice is fully insured.

I am a registered provider for Cigna Insurance.

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD4

Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Additional languages

Russian

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

Online
Phone

I supervise qualified and trainee practitioners who offer individual therapy to adults.

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