Counselling can help at difficult moments in life or can offer an opportunity to grow and find new ways of moving forward. You might be feeling anxious, low or overwhelmed. Perhaps you have suffered from a bereavement, break-up or another significant loss. You might be battling an addiction or using drink or drugs to numb painful feelings about the past. There might be a number of stressful situations that are preventing you from moving forward and feeling confident. Your relationships might not be as good as you would like them to be. Talking openly in a safe and supported space can offer significant relief.
If you decide to contact me, we will arrange an initial meeting of 50 minutes in which your reasons for seeking therapy will be explored. The first session is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the process so that you will know what to expect if you decide to take your counselling forward. It is a chance for us to meet and think about what it might be like to work together.
I work through building a warm and supportive relationship with you which allows you space to explore the issues that are causing concern. As far as possible, I work in the ‘here and now’ using sensitive observations to help you to increase your awareness of yourself. With enhanced awareness, it is possible to discover those ‘hidden’ parts of oneself which can result in more satisfying work and family relationships. Together we can challenge unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour which might be limiting your personal growth or keeping you 'stuck'. We will achieve this through a strong and supportive client-counsellor relationship in which an honest and open conversation can take place and you will have creative autonomy to find your own answers.
With a background in primary education I have developed a particular interest in how our early childhood relationships and our experience in our family of origin can affect how we make adult relationships and how we get along at work and at home. I have an interest in personal empowerment; in how we find balance in our lives when managing our relationships and working lives, and in how work and family contribute to our self-awareness and ideas of who we are or could be. I am also interested in times of transition in our lives and how we develop and change to meet these.
To find out more email, call or text me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my counselling studies at Goldsmiths with a Certificate in Psychodynamic and Humanistic Counselling. From there I completed a BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling at the Gestalt Centre, London. Most recently I returned to the Gestalt Centre and have completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy theory. I have worked as a counsellor in a Creative Therapies Project in Peckham and I have worked with students in London's largest adult education institution and in Greenwich with new mothers and mothers-to-be who are experiencing depression or anxiety related to birth and motherhood. I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Couples Work with Relational Change which gives me a helpful perspective when working with individuals who are experiencing relationship problems and I am a BACP accredited practitioner. I have worked for an IAPT service with NHS clients and for a children's mental health charity, supporting parents and parenting. I do not work with couples.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have experience of working with post-natal distress and anxiety; transitional times such as menopause; divorce and separation; parenthood and student life and study leading to changes in working life.
My fee is £55 for individuals. I do have a few spaces for lower cost work in the daytime only. These are usually arranged by negotiation.
I offer appointments in Lee and Hither Green areas.