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MSc(Counselling Psychology). MBACP(Reg)

About me

We have found ourselves at a time in history where our fears and anxieties are heightened due to health-related concerns and social restrictions. We may be unable to turn to our usual coping mechanisms, leaving us feeling hopeless, helpless and not in-control. Perhaps you are struggling with relationships, overwhelmed with family commitments or work-related stress. You may be suffering from feelings of anxiety, low, depressive moods and a lack of joy and motivation.

Please feel free to get in touch for a free 15 minute consultation, I would be happy to talk through how I work, and how I can help you through this difficult period.

My very first aim is to create a safe, trusting and confidential space, so you feel comfortable exploring what is weighing you down. We would then prioritise what you need to work on; perhaps it is the physical symptoms of feeling anxious or depressed.  Or perhaps it is an exploration of what it is currently happening in your life, or the effect of past events and relationships.

I am offering both in-person sessions and on Zoom, I would be happy to discuss your needs. 

Tel: 07942 320866

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc (Master of Science) in Psychology
  • MSc (Master of Science) in Counselling Psychology
  • I have experience of working both privately and for the NHS.

Additional skills and qualifications

  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Working with medically unexplained symptoms for example; chronic pain, fibromyalgia, IBS and many more.  I understand living with long-term conditions can have a limiting and debilitating effect on life. I can work with you to understand how our emotional wellbeing can impact our physical health. Nurturing our emotional wellbeing can bring about positive changes to our physical health, ultimately, improving our quality of life.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Exam pressures and stress for young people

Anxiety and depression

Cultural and diversity related work

Chronic and long-term health conditions (medically unexplained symptoms)

Divorce and separation

Life and work stress

Family and relationships

Fees

£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Sessions are 50 minutes with 10 minutes of admin. 

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

Exam related stress and anxiety

Navigating exam season for a young person can feel daunting and unpredictable. Fears of not performing to the best of their ability can leave them feeling physically anxious, experiencing panic and unable to focus. Offering them tools and techniques to manage debilitating feelings of anxiety can offer relief, while offering emotional support and exploring the fear behind exams can allow young people to take control and regain clarity. 

Diversity and culture

I welcome the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds. I understand what it means to be at the intersection of cultures, beliefs and values. I understand how challenging life can feel, if our values and way of being, are not in-line with those of the majority. I would be honoured to work with you to find your footing in life and feel at home in your unique identity.

Life changes

Perhaps you're going through relationship changes with your partner or in your wider network with family or friends. Your children maybe growing up and leaving the nest, leaving behind a new structure to adapt to. Whatever the change you're going through, I can help you find your place in a new dynamic.

Working with parents

As a parent myself, I understand how difficult raising children can be at times. We want to offer them our very best, but can find ourselves in situations where we begin to doubt if we truly are doing our best. As children go through transition periods in their life, it can feel particularly difficult, I can help support you through these periods so you are better able to support and hold your children when they most need it.

Wyke Road, London, SW20

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Organisations

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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