The thought of trusting someone with our deepest concerns can be a daunting prospect.
I am a calm and gentle, integrative therapist, who believes in developing the necessary resources to overcome our challenges. Healing is a progressive journey, often aided by working with someone who can facilitate our discovery of solutions to those challenges.
I offer a safe and confidential working environment, understanding trust to be a pre-requisite to opening up on the issues that deeply trouble us.
Using evidence-based modalities, I will guide you in growing your self-awareness, encouraging you to challenge unhelpful beliefs, and help you discover solutions to your problems as an expert of your own experience.
What you can expect
Sessions last for 50 minutes which at the start are likely to occur weekly, although you control that frequency with whatever feels comfortable. Treatment will only last for as long as you feel it is beneficial and necessary. You are free to drop out of treatment at any stage, and we will always check in together about how you feel things are going.
If you'd like to reach out, please just drop me an email, call my mobile or send an SMS and we will find a time to conduct an initial assessment. This gives you an opportunity to make sure you feel comfortable with me as your therapist and your wish to take things forward.
The first couple of sessions are primarily used as a platform for getting to know a little more about you, assess your presenting issues and learn what your goals for treatment are. Treatment plans are agreed together and always remain open for review.
My own journey
I made a life-changing transition into counselling after a life in financial services. Immersed in a wide range of cultures and environments, I learned much through my own experience of stress and anxiety, managing high-pressure situations and the need to resolve frequent conflict.
I've worked with sufferers from alcohol and other addictions for over 19 years on a voluntary basis and understand that many forms of substance misuse can often appear an attractive alternative to the overwhelming pressures and emotions we feel.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a PGDip in Addiction Psychology and Counselling, am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and an Accredited Drug and Alcohol Professional (FDAP).
I am currently studying to complete my MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling.
Before starting my practice, I worked on placement with NHS Lambeth Talking Therapies, The Alcohol Service (CGL), and The Priory Roehampton. I am also a volunteer counsellor with HiS men’s mental health charity.
I treat people with a wide range of issues, including general anxiety, depression, grief, trauma (including PTSD), relationship difficulties, and addiction.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with