Before training to be a counsellor, I was involved, for many years, in running a medium-sized family business, with all the highs and lows that brings. I have always been interested in family issues - after all, family is our first place of learning - and this is what led me back into psychology and formal training. A well-known psychologist once wrote about the importance of playfulness as a sign of well-being, and this is something that feels meaningful. In my work I sometimes offer the chance to use other means of expression, drawing, clay, imagery for example, if it seems appropriate - although of course this is not for everyone - and this can feel very liberating.
I currently run a full-time therapy practice from two venues: one in Hampstead, London and the other in the peaceful country surroundings of Radwinter.
How counselling can help
Everybody requires something different from their counselling or therapy experience and I aim to be flexible in adapting to what your needs might be; in doing so, I am able to use a variety of different theoretical approaches. Primarily, though, I offer a humanistic, integrative psychology and use conversation, encouragement, challenge and creativity to do this.
Your counselling sessions are an opportunity to be in a safe and respectful place where you can take time out from the pressures of everyday life and start to clarify and explore the current difficulties or issues you may be experiencing. Becoming more conscious, more self-aware can lead to the opportunity for forgiveness, healing and/or change. It may be, however, that you just want to talk things over with a non-judgmental, professional person and get some help finding a few new ideas on how to manage life more effectively.
Often, the hardest part of counselling therapy is taking the first step because you don't know what to expect, what it will be like; sometimes it's hard simply because you feel so low or anxious. If this is the case, do contact me - I'll be pleased to answer any questions you may have and it is sometimes surprising how making this first contact can start to bring a sense of relief.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Physics with psychology
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
Advanced Certificate in Individual Psychology and Adlerian Counselling
Diploma in Individual Psychology and Adlerian Counselling
I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am subject to their Ethical Framework and commitment to Best Practice: www.bacp.co.uk
I am a member of of the Adlerian Society UK & Institute for Individual Psychology: www.asiip.org
Currently in private practice, I have worked in the past as counsellor for the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living (adults/young adults who are GP, and self-referred) and Open Door SW, a counselling charity for young people.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Parenting issues, Panic attacks, Traumatic experiences
In order to try and cater for different income brackets, I offer a sliding scale of fees for individual, fifty minute sessions in the range of £45-£60 per session. My London fees are in the range of £60-£80.
Couples' fees by arrangement.
I work in a rural setting. It is private and there is plenty of space to park (free). Sessions take place in a dedicated outdoor room - a place of warmth and peace.
The practice rooms on the edge of Hampstead Heath are located in a private building, about ten minutes' walk from the Golder's Green tube station. Bus numbers 268 and 210 offer a regular service and there is easy parking nearby.