I believe you can feel better than you do now: that you can know and understand yourself better and feel both lighter and more secure in yourself. I also believe firmly in the power of connection, and communication, to help achieve these goals.
Counselling works by allowing you to share and explore your thoughts, feelings, patterns and experiences in a safe, warm and empathic environment. By untangling these threads, and exploring them with support, and without judgement, you can see things more clearly and understand yourself more fully. From this place of clarity and stability, you can plot a better way forward.
How do I work?
I work in an integrative way, blending elements of person-centred, existential and psychodynamic theory, working in a creative way to suit your needs. If you're not familiar with these terms, here's a quick summary:
Person-centred: an approach which considers you the expert in your own life and in which you are met with a set of core conditions such as empathy, congruence and positive regard.
Existential: a philosophical approach which focuses on the human condition as a whole, dealing with challenges associated with living such as relationships, freedom and responsibility and the quest to find meaning.
Psychodynamic: this type of work aims to shine a light on the unconscious - to build awareness of what's happening as a deeper level within, helping people to know and understand themselves more fully and building awareness to bring about change.
My training also includes a qualification in coaching - because, as well as your past, I’m also deeply interested in your future. I want know what you want and to work with you to discover how to get there.
Starting therapy takes courage, and isn't always easy. It takes effort and a belief that you can feel better than you do now. I've been there and know how much it takes. From day one though, the rewards can be rich - you can feel lighter, brighter and better understood. If you're ready to get started, I am here to join you on the journey -- please get in touch to take the first step.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow and a PG.Dip (Dist) in Integrative Counselling and Coaching from the University of East London.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (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
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
My fees for a 50-minute session begin at £60. Online discounts may be available