I meet with my clients in a local community centre in Blackheath. The other option is to 'meet' remotely - either via a phone call or on a video call.
Many of my clients have used their counselling with me to unburden themselves in a safe space where they can ask of themselves the questions they need to - and I can help with that. Often our work together uncovers thought patterns they had not been consciously aware of, or enables a greater self-acceptance bringing more confidence and self-belief, or maybe the client and I develop a few little techniques that bring about change in unhelpful patterns of thinking and feeling.
I am happy to work short-term or long-term. Weekly or fortnightly.
I have worked with clients struggling with bereavement, suicidal feelings, anxiety, issues about relationships, demands of the workplace, difficulties with family, social isolation, feelings about climate change, spirituality, self-destructive behaviours like binge eating and drinking, transcultural experience, illness, mortality and many more challenging and painful experiences on life's rocky road. Through the counselling, they have become more comfortable with the difficult feelings and found the power within to grow and change.
I work in an integrative way drawing on my psychodynamic and person centred training, and can also work cognitively and strategically, drawing on my learning of ACT therapy, hypnotherapy and my background in education. The work is unique to each client.
Call me for a brief chat first if you prefer.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a counsellor for over ten years now, in private practice since 2014. I am a clinical supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care and happy to offer private supervision to other counsellors.
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 therefore led to my membership of the British Psychological Society, the professional body for clinical psychologists.
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)
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
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).
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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.
£60.00 per session
Concessions offered for
I charge £60 per consultation but will gladly negotiate a reduced fee for those on low income. Another way of spreading the costs is to meet fortnightly.
When I work
Daytimes - Monday to Thursday.
Evenings - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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.
Consultations last between 50 minutes and one hour. Regular counselling may be weekly or fortnightly, the number of these negotiated as we go along.
Please note, there is currently no lift at Mycenae House and the counselling rooms are one or two flights away from the ground floor.
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.