Let's find a way. I can support you as you find a way forward, and I know that way forward must be according to what is important to you. I will provide the time and the private space plus my experience, knowledge and training, as we make sense of what's troubling you.
I meet with my clients in a local community centre but at the moment, the premises are only available for day time appointments. The other option is to 'meet' remotely either via a phone call or on a video call such as Duo.
I have worked with clients with a range of life experiences particularly bereavement, relationship issues and break-ups, stress at work, difficulties with family, social isolation, parenting, intrusive thoughts, transcultural experience, illness and mortality. Through the counselling, they have explored and successfully managed a wide range of emotions such as a profound sense of loss or fear, suicidal feelings, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, loneliness, lack of confidence and low self-worth.
I work in an integrative way drawing on my psychodynamic and person centred training, and can also work cognitively and strategically, drawing on my training in ACT therapy and my background in education. The work is unique to each client.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in private practice for ten years, offering private supervision more recently.
I am on the British Association of Counselling register, and have a post-graduate diploma in counselling from Goldsmiths; a training that focused on underlying emotional patterns, and the influence of family and culture. My BSc (hons) in psychology entailed some neurobiology and lead to my membership of the British Psychological Society, the professional body for clinical psychologists.
Since 2010, I have been working with an NHS funded local provider of bereavement support - Greenwich Area Cruse Bereavement Care. I was a bereavement supporter for several years, working with clients making the difficult and painful adjustment to life after the death of a loved one. I then facilitated the bereavement support group, and trained bereavement volunteers (very often counselling students on placement), and now I lead two supervision groups at Cruse. All of these roles are certificated by Cruse and Ascentis.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked for fifteen years as a college lecturer, having attained an Advanced Certificate in Education (post-compulsory) from Canterbury Christchurch University. Many of our students had already had a negative experience of the education system, and so our teaching style was often with a therapeutic slant using CBT resources in tutorial and support sessions.
My interest in counselling was ignited way back when I was a Samaritan volunteer for nine years. This privileged experience taught me the value of simply being there for someone in crisis, listening to their feelings of despair, and supporting them as they tried to make sense of suicidal feelings and the huge range of life experiences and problems that produced those feelings. At that time, I was working in the NHS as support staff, mostly in psychiatric settings.
I have undergone BACP endorsed training in hypnotherapy from NLP Vision and also training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
And I also hold a certificate in Mental Health First Aid.
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
The above list represents the issues that I have worked with the most, over the years.
I charge £60 per consultation but will gladly negotiate a reduced fee for students and those on low income. Another way of spreading the costs is to meet fortnightly.
Concessions offered for
Our first meeting is all about working out if this is right for you, and we usually come up with some kind of plan according to your expectations of the work. Nearly everyone needs to tell their story and in so doing, many find that they are getting a stronger understanding of themselves and their emotions. But some clients choose to work in a more focused and strategic way.
Consultations last between 50 minutes and one hour. Regular counselling may be weekly or fortnightly, the number of these negotiated as we go along.
I use consultation rooms in Blackheath, London SE3. Please note, there is currently no lift at Mycenae House and two flights of stairs to get to my room, but I can sometimes obtain a ground floor room with advance notice.
I am part-Irish so can empathise with the experience of being Irish in London. As well as of coming from that particular mix in the family, I have worked with many Irish clients.
Outside of my counselling practice and related roles, I work with local funeral directors as a life celebrant.