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BSc (Hons) Psych, Dipl. Integrative Couns, MBACP

About me

About Me

As a counsellor I have a experience of working with young people and adults across a diverse range of life issues. Having been through a journey of counselling myself I have an understanding of being in the clients chair.  My work therefore centres around providing a safe, confidential and respectful space for you to feel able to explore the challenges that you are facing.

About

I work using a "whole-person" approach that focuses on each aspect of being human: mind, body and soul.  The work is always designed around your needs and what works best for you. The aim is to empower and support you in your pursuit to resolve the issues you are exploring so that you can move on with your life in a positive and balanced way.

About how I Work

I use an integrative supportive and non-judgemental approach, responding to what you bring in the moment, as well as holding in mind the narrative of your life. I offer a flexible service to suit your needs, whether this is short term focused work on a particular issue or longer term work.  Sessions are for 1 hour on a weekly basis.  It is important that you feel empowered throughout the counselling process and to have trust and confidence in your counsellor. Therefore I offer an initial session as an opportunity for us to meet and discuss your needs more fully, and to see if counselling is the right way forward for you. If you are feeling anxious about the next step and would like to find out more please feel free to phone or email me.

*Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I am currently offering sessions via Skype, Zoom, Face time etc. and over the phone only. This is under constant review.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relevant Qualifications:

Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling. Incorporating-Developmental Psychology, Psychodynamic Theory, Archetypal Psychology, Jungian Psychology,Gestalt Practice, Systemic Theory

BSc Honours Degree in Psychology

Telephone helpline volunteer for BEAT (Formerly known as The Eating Disorders Association)

Experience:

Independent Counsellor to Adults and Adolescents

School Counsellor to Staff and Pupils

Head of Pastoral Care in a primary school setting

Mentor to children with emotional/behavioural difficulties in a primary school setting.

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

Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Regular Weekly Sessions:

£50.00 per session.

Lower Cost Rates:

I do have a small number of appointments available at lower rates. Please ask about these if your financial circumstances warrant it.

When I work

I am able to offer evening sessions Monday to Friday.

97 Brondesbury Road, Queens Park, London, NW6 6RY

Emmanuel C Of E School, 152 Mill Lane, London, NW6 1TF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

My therapy room is situated on the ground floor and has wheelchair user access.