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BA (Hons), MBACP, Integrative Relational Counsellor

About me

About Counselling:

I appreciate that reaching out to a counsellor can be a very difficult thing to do. It is often hard to articulate our feelings and there may be a fear that bringing what is troubling us out into the open will give it an unwanted intensity and focus. There may also be an inclination to dismiss our own needs in order to fulfil the demands and expectations of others and of society in general. Allocating time to our emotional well being can be seen as an indulgence and yet the internal suffering that can come about from suppressing our emotional needs is often very distressing and painful. I believe that once we truly understand why we think and feel as we do it can be life changing. It can allow us to make different choices and helps us approach and view situations in a more positive, constructive way.

How I work:

As an integrative counsellor, I draw from a range of psychological theories (including psychodynamic, humanistic and CBT) depending on what your needs and personality requires.

What I can help with:

Alongside private practice, I have worked for the NHS in a GP surgery where I have seen clients with a wide range of issues and I also volunteer as a bereavement counsellor. Symptoms and life issues that I frequently work with include depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship and family issues, trauma, phobias, generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder . However, this list is by no means exhaustive and many people come to counselling because they have a general feeling of low mood and a sense that life is not how they would like it to be.

Above all else, I believe it is the relationship between the counsellor and client that will provide the best opportunity for change and as such, no matter how big or small the problem seems to you, you will be treated with warmth and respect.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am fully qualified counsellor with a BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling. I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their strict code of ethics. I have regular supervision with a BACP accredited supervisor and I am committed to ongoing professional training as per the BACP guidelines.

I have experience working as a counsellor in an NHS GP's surgery as well as in a bereavement service.

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

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Fees

From £65.00 to £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

In person sessions cost £75 and last 50 minutes. Zoom sessions are £65 for 50 minutes

When I work

COVID-19 UPDATE: I am available for online sessions and can offer a FREE initial 20 minute consultation by phone. Please contact me for more details.

Further information

I have comfortable, well appointed rooms in beautiful Mayfair (2 minutes from Bond Street tube)  and Surbiton (close to local transport and with free parking).  Please take a look at my website for more information about the work I do and how I may be able to help you.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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