Covid-19 pandemic: At the moment I am offering sessions on Zoom, or telephone. This is regularly reviewed as the pandemic progresses.
I'm a qualified and experienced psychotherapist offering a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to explore and work through issues that are affecting you. I work with individuals, and couples.
My approach is integrative, meaning I draw from a number of different theoretical approaches, adapting my response the individual needs of each client. I understand our ability to relate (to one another and to ourselves) is of central importance in life and therefore place the relationship at the heart of my practice.
You may wish to look at feelings around a specific or repeated problem (e.g. relationship issues, bereavement, abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, eating disorders, family issues or addictions) or you may have a general feeling that you could be getting more out of life and feel more fulfilled. I work collaboratively and creatively with you to do this.
During your initial (consultation) session I will ask a series of questions to help me understand your needs; what brings you to therapy and what you want to get out of it. There will also be time for you to ask any questions you might have about the process of psychotherapy or the way I work.
Sessions are held weekly, or twice-weekly, for 50 minutes. The work is often open ended, meaning an end date is not set at the beginning. However, there are times when it is useful to do this and this is something that we can decide on together.
Free Frontline NHS Service: I'm offering free psychotherapy sessions for NHS front line staff during the pandemic as part of the 'We See You We Hear You' project, link below. Please email me directly if you are interested.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been practicing since 2005, and hold the following qualifications and registrations:
Certificate in Relational Couples Therapy
Practitioner Certificate in Addictions and Eating Disorders (Metanoia Institute)
MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education)
Certificate in Creative Group Work (IATE)
Certificate in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts (IATE)
Diploma in Counselling Skills & Perspectives (University of North London)
I have experience working for the NHS, a range of charities, education institutions and private practice, both in time-limited (focused) and long-term, open ended work. I also have extensive experience working cross-culturally.
In addition to my clinical practice, I'm a tutor on the Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy programme at Metanoia Institute (Diploma/BSc/MSc).
I am also a member of The Relational School http://www.therelationalschool.co.uk/
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£75-85 per session for individual psychotherapy
£95 per session for couples
£65 per session for supervision
I reserve a number of low-cost places are available for those on low incomes - please ask about availability
I am registered with all the major private healthcare providers.
Please note I am currently working via Zoom or telephone.