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Cert HE, PGDip, MBACP

About me

Hello and welcome. I am a qualified and registered counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and psychotherapy (BACP). My approach is respectful, sensitive and thoughtful and is underpinned by a psychodynamic training.

How counselling can help

Stress, anxiety and depression are endemic in today’s world. One in four people in the UK will suffer from depression each year (MIND, 2013). I offer a private, safe and confidential place to explore and help you manage feelings and thoughts that may be overwhelming, confusing or even frightening. This may enable you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and explore deep rooted beliefs and assumptions in order to resolve them. Together we can find your strengths, build on your confidence and self esteem, enabling you to make choices where previously you may have felt there were none.

About me

I share a counselling practice in Stanstead Abbotts and Kings Cross London. Stanstead Abbotts is within easy reach of Ware, Hertford, Broxbourne, Great Amwell, Hoddesdon, Cheshunt, Harlow, Roydon. It is five minutes walk from St Margarets overground station (Liverpool Street to Hertford East line).There is ample free parking.

I also work in an NHS funded counselling service at a woman’s centre in London and have worked as a voluntary counsellor for the Road Victims Trust, additionally I am a trained facilitator of the Freedom Programme. I have a wide range of experience which includes working with trauma, bereavement, domestic and childhood abuse, relationship difficulties, pregnancy issues, eating disorders, chronic illness, depression and anxiety. These may be things you would like to talk to me about,  however, there may be a less apparent problem e.g. low self esteem, feeling gloomy and or confused, sad or dissatisfied with life in general, yet you can’t quite put your finger on what it is that’s bothering you. Any one of these problems can affect your well being and progress in your personal and professional life.

What to expect in your first session

We are all unique, complex individuals and I tailor my approach to meet your needs. An initial session (sometimes called an assessment) gives us both the opportunity to talk about what is troubling you. It can be transformative to talk through problems in times of crisis or emotional distress but taking that first step may feel daunting. I have first-hand experience of what this feels like as part of my rigorous training I spent several years in personal therapy.

The initial assessment lasts for approximately one hour and allows us to consider whether this type of counselling is best suited to your needs. Attending an assessment places you under no obligation to attend further sessions. Whilst I am an experienced counsellor there maybe circumstances where we both feel that you need to be referred to another agency and I will assist you in this process. All communication between us will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

I provide both short term and opened end counselling to individuals over the age of 17 from any race, cultural background or sexual orientation. I comply with the BACP ethical and legal guidelines which includes undertaking regular supervision to ensure a good standard of care for my clients and a commitment to ongoing continued professional development.

Training, qualifications & experience

University of Hertfordshire - Certificate in Counselling Skills

University of Hertfordshire - Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling

WPF - Certificate in Clinical Assessments

National Fertility Society - Advanced Specialist Fertility Counselling Diploma

Freedom Programme Facilitator

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

Sessions (50 minutes):

Stanstead Abbotts - £50. Kings Cross/Camden - £55-£65

When I work

Mon-Fri daytime/evenings in Stanstead Abbotts. Sessions are also available in Kings Cross/Camden on Wednesdays. Please contact me for further details

Unit 36, The Buisness Centre, Roydon Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, SG12 8HG

4 Carol Street, Camden, London, NW1 0HU

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

My practice is situated on the 2st floor of a Maltings conversion and there is no lift access.