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PGCert.Psych, Couns.Dip, MBACP

About me

I am a qualified & registered practicing therapist with clinics across London - Islington, City, Holborn, Chancery Lane, & Farringdon. I am committed to providing counselling and talking therapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I work with adult individuals, couples and other relationships on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.

I take a keen interest and focus on shame & guilt, as well as a special interest in primary trauma & secondary (vicarious) trauma. 

“Let me say to begin with: It is not neurotic to have conflict...Conflicts within ourselves are an integral part of human life.” – Karen Horney

I understand that seeking out therapy can be a difficult decision for some, but firmly believe that when an individual makes that step, it is because they are ready for change and growth. Using my training, I will work with you towards a better awareness of yourself and those around you.

Together we will recognise and explore patterns and anxieties in yourself and others, and from where those may have originated. I do not believe in quick fixes, rather that most issues are a relational problem; it is about the relationship you have with a problem that causes pain; it's about the reaction to a topic, event or person that causes upset in your personal and/or professional life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold the following memberships to Professional Organisations and qualifications:

  • Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical code.
  • Member of ACTO (The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online).
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Postgraduate Psychodynamic Practice Certificate

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I believe that my training should be lifelong to keep up with changes & best practices. Some of the continued professional development (CPD) courses I have completed over the last few years are listed below:

  • MSc Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (currently @ University of London)
  • Brief Dynamic Therapy (BDT): A Psychodynamic Perspective - Dr Jonathan Smith
  • Working with Domestic Violence 
  • Addiction Pandemic? Attachment, Desire and Chemical Distractions
  • A Matter of Death and Life - Irvin Yalom
  • Goals in Therapy: Actualising Our Deepest Directions - Mick Cooper
  • Shapes of gender identity: Three stories with impact
  • Book launch: Learning from the unconscious
  • Men, Intimacy, and Shame workshop with James Hawes
  • Black men and mental health recovery: An intersectionalities approach
  • Addiction as an Attachment Disorder: Attachment gone wrong
  • COVID and Collective Trauma Online Conference
  • BECOMING - Infant Observation Documentary Film Launch and Panel Discussion
  • Finding your own voice without drowning anyone else’s
  • Existential Therapies: Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Practices - Mick Cooper
  • Exploring the relationship between justice and compassion
  • Uncertainty: An Existential Perspective - Ernesto Spinelli
  • Psychoanalysis for the People
  • Racism: through a lens of FEAR
  • Tavistock Policy Seminar: Whiteness - A problem for our time
  • Wittgenstein, Lacan, and astonishment: Maria Balaska/Dany Nobus
  • Working with Trauma at the Tavistock: Tradition and innovative thinking
  • Understanding LGBTQIA Terminology
  • Trans Awareness and Inclusivity
  • A Day on the Third Wave
  • In the footsteps of Bick: Continuing the legacy of infant observation
  • An exploration of thinking under extreme interpersonal conditions
  • Working with Suicide 
  • A Day on the Mind-Body Connection
  • Psychoanalysis and the Public Sphere: Social Fault Lines
  • On Ferenczi’s ‘Clinical Diary’: Mutual Analysis, Orpha, Femininity
  • On Ferenczi’s ‘Clinical Diary’: Trauma, Hypocrisy, Authority
  • Trumpocalypse, with David Frum
  • How Freud would have handled the Coronavirus, with Brett Kahr
  • How I Found My Voice: Margaret Atwood and Samira Ahmed
  • Happiness Lessons - with Professor Laurie Santos
  • Psychopathy - Personality Disorder
  • You Can't Outshame Shame - Juliet Grayson and William Ayot
  • Anand Giridharadas on Capitalism in the Time of Corona
  • Constructivism, TA and the Corona Virus - Transactional Analysis Workshop
  • Working with Grief and Loss
  • Relational Co-creative Supervision - Transactional Analysis Workshop
  • Coronavirus: Considering Our Responses And Responsibilities
  • How to Work with Your Clients Online


From £85.00 to £125.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Unemployed

Additional information

Adult Individual £85 - £125 depending on circumstances/50mins

Adult Couple £105-£150/50mins

Other Relationships £105-£150/50mins

Some low-cost places are sometimes available - please enquire.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Some weekend work is sometimes available - please ask.

Further information

The initial process: I offer a free initial telephone consultation in which we will discuss your needs and what I/therapy can offer you. If you are happy to go ahead we will look at the diaries, agree a fee and a day/time where we will meet each week face-to-face or online or perhaps a mixture of both (hybrid).

Covid: I have consultation clinics across North and Central.  These are Covid-safe environments which are sanitised daily and in between clients. Masks must be worn in communal areas at all times. I do not require you to wear a mask in the consultation rooms.

Vaccination: I am now treble vaccinated, having received my booster shot on 21 October 2021.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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If these words play on your mind regularly, then reach out: anxiety, work anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, feeling sad, social anxiety, panic attacks, family issues, low self-esteem, phobias, low self-confidence.

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