There are times for many of us in life, when we think and feel that we want things to be different. Perhaps we have a sense of being over-burdened, disturbed, anxious and we want to live more peacefully within ourselves. We may want to understand ourselves better through gaining insight into why we feel and think as we do. We may want to make changes but it feels not possible to do so without the help and support of a therapeutically qualified independent person.
I believe that each of us is unique and has our own potential and wisdom to bring about helpful changes in our lives, to solve problems, to discover who we really are, and to live life in a way that is fulfilling and meaningful to us.
I am an accredited psychotherapist/counsellor and I’ve been working in private practice in Milton Keynes since 2002. I offer one-to-one therapy to teenagers, adults and couples. I provide both short and long term therapy.
My approach is Integrative. I use the insights and approaches of different theoretical models which includes an understanding of human development, of how family history, race, gender, health, cultural heritage, traumatic experiences and much else, impacts on our lives. I work in a way that best suits the individual. My aim is to be responsive to the ‘world’ of the individual client and facilitate the easing of their mental, emotional, physical or spiritual distress and/or their personal growth in a way that is uniquely appropriate to them.
My private practice is based in Giffard Park, Milton Keynes.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified psychotherapist with a MA in Integrative Psychotherapy from Middlesex University (2001) and Diplomas in Integrative Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy from the Minster Centre, London (2001). My introduction to therapy began formally in 1995, when I undertook the Certificate in Counselling training with Westminster Pastoral Foundation (a psychodynamic training).
I am accredited to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am a Registered Independent Counsellor (UKRC). I am a past accredited member of UKCP.
In addition to working in private practice as a psychotherapist, I have extensive working experience as a therapist in a psychiatric hospital setting. I have also been employed as a social worker and a manager.
I offer not only one-to-one counselling but also couples counselling and I have worked with groups of people affected by traumatic incidents.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
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 range from £45 to £50 for individuals and £50 to £55 for couples depending on the individuals' financial circumstances. Sessions for individuals are 50 minutes in length and for couples are 60 minutes in length.
I offer concessions for low income groups during the current pandemic.
When I work
I offer daytime appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays and evening appointments on Mondays. I occasionally offer appointments on other weekdays/ evenings. I do not offer weekend appointments.