I am an experienced, qualified, psychodynamic counsellor. I am approachable and thoughtful, offering a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space both physically and psychologically where you might think about, and make sense of your experiences. People come to see me for a broad range of reasons, possibly feeling urgent, or, with a need to speak out loud and reflect on persistent uncertainties or concerns within the confidential nature of the therapeutic relationship. Here are some reasons why people come to see me: abuse, addiction, anger, bullying, bereavement, cultural identity, depression, disordered eating, divorce, fear, generalised anxiety, loss, low self-esteem, procrastination, relationship issues, self-harm, separation, sexual identity and trauma.
I provide confidential time-limited counselling as well as open-ended psychotherapy. People might wonder what the difference is. Put simply, counselling tends to be short-term work from 6 weeks to 6 months, while psychotherapy is medium to long-term, with 1-2 years being an average time frame. I might guide you to think about the past in order to understand your current ways of relating to others. Together we can look at your individual needs. I welcome you regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, nationality or belief.
Essentially, whether it is counselling or psychotherapy you choose, we will work together, looking at your experiences, to help you understand why you feel the way you do. It is natural to suffer from ups and downs in life, but I can help you to shift from feeling stuck and overwhelmed in historical patterns of relating, to feeling more able to navigate through painful or challenging problems. As you start to explore your feelings and gain awareness, you might find greater happiness and meaning in your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am committed to Continuing Professional Development in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Foundation at Chelsea School of Art.
BA in History of Modern Art, Design and Film - University of Northumberland.
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling from Cambridge University.
Masters in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from University of Hertfordshire.
Workshop on Addiction and Perversion at Enfield Counselling.
I have working with charitable organisations including counselling young people, from the age of 15 at the YMCA. Also people dealing with, and recovering from addiction to alcohol and drugs from ADAS services in Harlow, Essex.
I have previously worked as an Associate Counsellor at Cambridge University Counselling Services.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
The charge for the initial consultation will be £50, thereafter I charge between £40 and £60 for ongoing sessions depending upon your circumstances. Sessions last for 50 minutes
I do offer a number of low-cost places to clients or students with low income. These places are limited and there may be a waiting list, depending on demand. If you would like to discuss low-cost therapy then please contact me.
I have worked for a number of years as a counsellor for ADAS, a service for clients with issues relating to drug, alcohol and other addictions: thinking about both abstinence based recovery and controlled drinking.