I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and have been practicing for 23 years. I am experienced in working with women and men of many different lifestyles and cultural heritages. I work with adults, adolescents, children, families and couples either on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period.
To help you decide if you would like to begin counselling with me, I offer a free initial pre-counselling meeting, with no charge or committment at this stage.
Difficulties that I have helped people with include low self confidence, anxieties and fears including panic attacks, depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement and other losses, domestic violence and other forms of abuse, anger, troubling effects of past experiences, concerns relating to sex and sexuality, problems sleeping or eating and many others.
I work with people in a variety of ways depending on a person's individual needs but which are based on establishing a trusting, judgement free relationship with you which enables you to talk about and explore the things you are finding difficult. Hopefully this will enable you to gain new insights into your life and discover a more satisfying way of living.
If you would like to speak to me or arrange an initial, pre-counselling meeting, please either ring or email me.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred and Existential Counselling, City University 1999.
MSc Person Centred Psychotherapy and Contemporary Applications,Cert of Completion and Competency Metanoia Institute 2008.
Diploma in Person-Centred Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute 2008
Cert. of Qualification in Social Work, 1981
I also draw on ideas from Existential Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment Theory, Solution Focussed and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I am registered by the United Kingdom Association of Humanistic Psychology (UKAHPP) and I am also Registered and Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a registered Psychotherapist with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am committed to their ethical codes and other professional developent requirements.
I have nine years experience in adult mental health services,where people are referred directly by their GP, and nine years experience as a counsellor and supervisor working in statutory mental health services for children, young people and families.
I have also been a counsellor in a women’s prison, in a specialist bereavement project and with children and young people with disabilities and their families.
Before training as a counsellor I was, for many years, a Social Worker working mainly with troubled adolescents who had experienced things like family breakdown, neglect and abuse.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Free pre-therapy 30 minute session.
Individuals £70 for a 50 minute session.
Couples from £95-£110 for a 60 minute session.
Counselling/psychotherapy students £55 for a 50 minute session.
Supervision £70 for a 60 minute session Counselling /psychotherapy students £60 for a 60 minute session
Daytime and evening appointments Mon-Thurs Online/phone availability only during Covid pandemic
My practice is about 15 mins walk from Walthamstow Central Station and Bus Station. Several buses stop close by. There are daytime parking restrictions for which I provide a permit.