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MA PGDip UKCP MBACP

About me

I have fifteen years experience as an integrative psychosynthesis counsellor and psychotherapist. This means that I draw on different approaches - the main one is psychosynthesis, which focuses on the whole person: mind, body and feelings. Psychosynthesis also explores our strengths and potential alongside the challenges and problems that we want to address. Psychosynthesis incorporates psychodynamic, existential, and person-centred approaches.

The most important factor in therapy however is the relationship between us. We'll explore together the unique issues that you bring, at your pace in a safe and confidential environment.

I have extensive experience of working with early childhood issues and their current impact on our lives, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and trauma, social phobia, sexual abuse, discrimination and exploitation, gender and sexual identity, bereavement, relationship challenges, life crises, and workplace stress. I also work with serious health diagnoses, and carer responsibilities.

When you first get in touch, by phone or email, we briefly talk about how I work and what we will cover in the first session. At our first meeting we discuss what you want to look at in therapy and how we might work together. This is also an opportunity for you to decide if you're comfortable working with me, and for me to confirm that I am the appropriate therapist for you.

I work on a weekly basis - occasionally this might be twice weekly, depending on the issue you bring.

I offer short term therapy of 6-12 sessions, and long term therapy, and work remotely as appropriate, using Zoom, skype and telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a trainer and Academic Tutor at the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust in London. I have a particular interest in exploring how we relate to each other, and what good interpersonal relating looks and feels like.

I have a Master's degree in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, and a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling. I am a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapists and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.  I follow the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling.

For eight years I worked as a psychotherapist in an HIV charity, that also focused on gay male relationships.

I co-run a working carer support group.

I train non-clinical teams in organisations in working with trauma and psychological distress, conflict resolution, relational leadership, and building resilient workplaces.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

Each weekly session is 50 minutes and costs £55.00.

My practice is in SE20, South East London, close to a rail station.

When I work

Tuesday and Thursday evenings, day time Wednesday and Thursday.  Some early morning availability also.

Due to COVID crisis currently working via Skype, Zoom, phone.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Two steps up to my front door. The counselling room is on the ground floor.