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Ba(Hons), PGDip Couns. MA Psychotherapy, BACP Accr. NCS Reg

About me

Sometimes we have no other choice but to take a leap of faith into the hands of a stranger. However difficult that concept might seem, we may feel that nothing or nobody else could help us. Maybe the stress at work is taking its toll or the relationship we are in is increasingly dissatisfying. Maybe a recent bereavement amongst other life transitions tipped the balance or the presence of a general feeling of anxiety that we cannot understand makes life difficult. Making the first step in contacting someone might be a daunting idea and yet a step forward towards a more satisfying, fulfilling life.

About me

I am an integrative, person centred counsellor/psychotherapist and have worked in North London for over 20 years. I provide a safe, confidential space where a non-judgemental, empathic relationship can be built.

First session

I offer a low cost first session so that we can explore together how therapy might be of help to you in dealing with anything that troubles you. My approach revolves around listening attentively to your problems and helping you find a better way forward.

How does counselling work

Some people want to address all their issues, some people just want to make a slight improvement in their lives. Sometimes further issues emerge as therapy develops. However you like to use your sessions you should expect to feel heard and accepted in a confidential and dependable environment. I recommend that weekly meetings work better but I can offer flexibility as required.

Areas of expertise

I work with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks (often associated with anxiety), addiction, relationship problems, anger, stress, life transitions, loss, bereavement, disabilities both short- term and long-term, bullying. I work with individuals, couples and families and have a substantial experience working in the field of learning disability, brain injury as well as people with communication problems.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA Counselling and Psychotherapy - Completed independent research in the treatment of Dual Diagnosis

Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic (Integrative) Counselling - BAC accredited

Extra Mural Studies, Certificate Level in   

Transactional Analysis

Existential Psychotherapy

Humanistic Psychoanalysis

BA (Hons) Social Psychology with Professional Studies  

Other qualifications and courses

HCR20 vs 3 and Clinical Risk Assessment 

Emerging Clinical Leaders course, Kings Fund

Adult Attachment

City & Guilds 7407 Stage 1 Teaching qualification

Systemic Practicum in Children and Adolescence Services, North Middlesex Hospital

Foundation Course in Systemic Psychotherapy

Foundation course in Group psychotherapy

I offer supervision to trainee or qualified counsellors

I am a registered with and accredited by BACP and abide by their code of ethics.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also work with families as sometimes problems affect everyone not just one person. In that case the whole family is invited to attend but it is up the you to decide who would benefit the most.

If that is something that might interest you then feel free to contact me to discuss it further with no obligation.

I am able to offer sessions in Greek.

Fees

£80.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a low cost first session so that you have the opportunity to make the right decision about who you want to work with. Some people want to see a few therapists before they decide.

After the initial session, when you have decided that counselling is for you we can discuss how we can work together. I offer regular or flexible times each week depending on your needs.

Individuals
£80

Couples
£100 for a session

Families

Fee available on request and after a low cost initial consultation.

Sliding scale or concessions available for people facing financial difficulties.

When I work

Available most weekdays and evenings but not weekends

Further information

Availability

I work most weekdays and evenings but not weekends.

You have no obligation to continue after the first session.  It is an opportunity to meet and decide if therapy is what you want.

Direction

My practice is easily accessible from Bounds Green tube station (Piccadilly Line) and Alexandra Palace Rail station (National Rail). There are no parking restrictions on my road if you are driving. Easy access for those with mobility issues.

Buses 102, 184, 299, W3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Additional languages

Greek

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

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