I am a Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist which essentially means that I work with your issues as they present themselves in your life now. Whilst looking at your past to help inform the present, the present and how you experience yourself in the world are the focus of our work together.
I work one to one and also run Groups.
Life is very difficult and we sometimes need a calm, experienced and sensible person with no agenda to help support us to sort it out.
Sometimes we develop patterns of behaviour that seemed appropriate once upon a time but which no longer serve us. It is hard to see this without someone to help us see the wood from the trees.
I hope to offer relief, self-acceptance, an increased sense of self-worth, a greater insight, better coping strategies, an improvement in relating both to yourself and others.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied Fine Art and Sociology at Reading University many years ago.
I am fully trained as a humanistic psychotherapist. A graduate of Spectrum Training.(15 years) and an accredited member of BACP.
I am also trained as an art therapist and have a certificate in the Application of the Arts in Therapy and Education I.A.T.E (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education)
and a certificate in Counselling Skills for people working with the Arts. I.A.T.E
I am a registered member of the BACP and I abide by their code of Ethics.
As well as my private practice, I facilitate a monthly Support Group at St Mary's hospital, Paddington
for the British Obesity Surgery Patient Association (BOSPA).
This group is for anyone who is thinking of having Bariatric surgery or has had surgery for obesity.
I have been running this group for 12 years.
I also support people privately through this very challenging process.
I have talked about the importance of support groups at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London.
You can also find me at www.obesitydoctor-uk.com which is an online A-Z service for Bariatric surgery and support.
I am bi-lingual and would be happy to have therapy sessions in French.
I have a level 2 certificate for EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) for Eating Disorders and Addictions.
I have a diploma in Chakra Psychology.
I have also been an antique dealer for 40 years, which means I am experienced at running a business and understand career changes and transferable skills.
I have been married and divorced so have experience of that process.
I have had breast cancer 9 years ago and can now offer counselling around that.
I ran the art therapy department of the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine for three years for people with a range of difficulties such as M.E, Fibromyalgia, terminal cancer as well as depression and anxiety.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with multi-cultural and identity issues.
I work with Bariatric surgery
I work with cancer sufferers
I charge £60 per full hour session. If this is a problem please discuss it, I offer a few
lower cost sessions for students.