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Depression Specialist

About me

Taking the first step to talk about difficulties that challenge or cause distress can be daunting. If you are considering starting therapy you are likely feeling stuck, either in feelings of depression or anxiety. Stuck in repetitive behaviours, in unsatisfying relationships. I am a highly-skilled clinical lead, accredited psychotherapist and supervisor trained in a variety of psychological and counselling therapies.

I am a specialist in treating depression. I help individuals with depression identify and address problems in their relationships with family, partners and friends. I am particularly interested in working with clients experiencing difficulties in forming and maintaining satisfactory relationships, being assertive and setting boundaries. If you find it difficult to initiate or maintain relationships, and experience loneliness regularly as a result, together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root causes of your difficulties and build meaningful social connections. 

My work involves helping adults, adolescents and young adults who are struggling  with challenging life transitions. Separation and divorce, bereavement, struggles in relationships, peer relationship difficulties, communication difficulties, loneliness and isolation.

I have 13 years of experience in working in NHS services as well as leading a mental health service in London. I have extensive experience in the assessment and management of self-harm, suicidal ideation, behavioural and mental health difficulties across the age range and level of complexity.

 I draw on interpersonal psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy  to work holistically to deliver effective treatments for my clients. My clinical skills and empathic approach enable clients to feel at ease in discussing their concerns.

I bring a warm non-judgemental attitude and an insightful mind to guide clients through the process of defining the problem, deciding how best to approach it, and agree on a focus for treatment. I can work long term, psychodynamically and also time-limited, interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) to work towards more specific therapeutic goals.

Training, qualifications & experience

I studied at Goldsmiths University where I gained MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. My MA dissertation was published by Goldsmiths University. I then trained at the Anna Freud Centre to specialise in treating depression. My clinical experience stems from working with a diverse client group in various settings, including leading a community mental health service in Southwark.


As well as working as a private therapist, I currently lead a clinic for child, adolescent, and adult mental health service.


I am fully accredited by IPTUK and a registered member of the BACP.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I trained as a supervisor at the Terapia Centre in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy and counselling supervision.

Fees

From £70.00 to £90.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • Specialist treatment for depression: £90
  • Psychodynamic counselling: £70

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Further information

Therapy can be a powerful tool in managing your anxiety and low mood symptoms. However, it can take time to figure out what type of therapy is right for you. I offer a free consultation to see if we are the right fit for each other.

Type of session

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Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Families
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Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

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Supervision

In person
Online

I offer one to one and group supervision

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