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Dip. Counselling, MBACP

About me

I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor. I am also currently in advanced training to become a Certified Transactional Analyst with an MSc in psychotherapy. I offer short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, groups and couples in Kensington, south west London, and online via Zoom.

 I believe we are all doing the best we can in the circumstances that we are in, but sometimes difficulties and traumas can make life feel unmanageable or can manifest in a multitude of emotional and physical symptoms. I provide a safe, confidential and reliable space in which to explore feelings and behaviours that might be inhibiting your experience of life and thoughts that you believe are unwelcome, taboo, or are not yet fully formed.

I am a Relational therapist, which means that I take a theoretical and philosophical perspective that places emphasis on understanding a person’s experience of life within their social context. The term ‘relational’ refers to both a method of practise and to an understanding about how we become who we are. In practise, working relationally means that I will aim to explore with you your experience of the here-and-now in order to help you understand and to find meaning in how you experience and negotiate life and relationships. Developmental studies and neuroscience shows that our minds develop in relationship with others- healthy relationships are crucial to our sense of wellbeing. Yet relationships can also be a source of pain and the origin of our problems. For this reason, I will focus on how we build a relationship together in our work, and your experience of relationships in your life, and together we will make sense of any difficulties you encounter. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I have trained as a Transactional Analyst and I draw on theories from different schools of thought, including interpersonal, object relations, self-psychology, intersubjective theory and attachment theories. I also utilise current research in neuroscience, attachment and affect regulation.

A relational approach accommodates for issues of identity, attachment, neurodiversity, politics and other differences that may or may not be visible or consciously felt. My clinic is LGBTQIA+, kink and sex-worker positive and I take an active stance in thinking about difference and discrimination.

I have worked with the NHS, within the prison system and in the charity sector. I have worked extensively with women experiencing prenatal and postnatal distress.

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

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Women’s psychotherapy group:

I facilitate an open psychotherapy group for women wanting to explore any issues related to pregnancy and motherhood. Group therapy is often very beneficial for women seeking support, self-awareness, and self-acceptance. You will find that a group is challenging, enriching, and a safe environment in which to explore your experience of yourself and of others. You will be asked to abide by a framework of confidentiality and mutual respect. 

The group runs at Kensington Counselling on Thursday mornings. It is an open group, which means that you can join as soon as there is a place available. 

The sessions are 90 minutes and cost £30. 

Kensington Counselling Rooms, 125 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4TE

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom