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About me

Why Therapy?

Life can take unexpected turns leaving you feeling distressed, paralyzed and unable to cope. Unwanted events such as an accident or the onset of sudden illness, redundancy, the death of a loved one, relationship breakup or divorce may have changed the course of your life. You may have been affected by or still experience bullying, domestic violence or abuse. You may feel disempowered and hopeless.

If you are reading these lines, you will be wondering whether therapy is the right way forward for you. You may think your problem is too insignificant, that you are overreacting and over-analyzing things that others seem to manage to cope with. Could it be that attended to proactively, what you are feeling now will never develop into a full blown, overwhelming roadblock if indeed it is mild at all? Alternatively, you may feel that what you are experiencing is unsurmountable. Perhaps you feel shame, are prone to harsh self-criticism or helpless apathy. Why not take a curious, open look, attempt to make sense of what is happening and consider the possibility that something can be done about it.

People come to counselling for a wide variety of reasons. Some individuals look for emotional support and the exploratory facilitation it can offer. Others are drawn to the collaborative and trusting relationship that provides the safety net necessary to delve into a difficult past. Others still want to tackle a specific issue in their work or personal life and are looking for effective coping strategies and skills to build resilience.

What I can offer?

I am an experienced integrative psychologist/therapist. I have worked in mental health and counselling for over ten years, both in the charity sector and privately. I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) whose ethical code I abide by. I work with adults and practice integratively. This means that I draw on a number of different approaches and theories such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), mindfulness based practices and attachment theory to name a few. This enables me to tailor the work to your issues and your preferences. Counselling is about providing a safe environment and developing a secure and compassionate therapeutic relationship in order to understand and work with the issues you are experiencing. We will explore feelings, thoughts and beliefs as well as patterns of behaviour that may trip you up. Working together will involve identifying your goals, discovering new perspectives, experimenting with different ways of responding to difficulties and putting in place new skills and strategies that will support change.

What next?

I work with a wide range of issues and would be happy to discuss what you are seeking help for to determine whether an initial consultation would be advisable. This usually requires a fifteen minute phone call. I am always happy to suggest alternative options if the service I offer is not suitable.

The initial session lasts ninety minutes and enables me to gain an understanding of your issues and the context in which they developed. If you decide that you would like to work with me, we can then book additional sessions. Regular therapy sessions last sixty minutes.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a post graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology. I have also completed a number of briefer courses in topics such as; Anxiety management, Depression, Trauma, OCD, Disordered Eating, Grief and Loss, and many others.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Assessment: £80

Daytime sessions: £50 (6.00pm onwards/weekends: £60)

I have a small number of discounted places that can be negotiated.

When I work

Daytime appointments: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Evening appointments: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Further information

Street parking is available. My practice room is 2 minutes walk from a Citi 7 bus stop and approximately 15 minutes walk from Shelford Railway Station (London Liverpool Street Line). Please bear in mind that I do not have a waiting room.

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Please do contact me to discuss any accessibility needs.

Additional languages

French