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UKCP (Accredited), MBACP (Registered Member)

About me

I am an integrative therapist, which simply means I incorporate a broad range of ideas and approaches in my practice, depending on the client, life stage and the problem or issues being experienced. 

I have worked in the NHS, the charities sector and in private practice.  As one of the initial psychotherapists at The School of Life in London, I contributed significantly to the establishment of its psychotherapy service. 

About Therapy

We are meaning-making beings and can all struggle with meaning and purpose at different points in life.   We all have a story based on our life experiences which contributes to how we make sense of the world and the significance we place on events and circumstances.  How we see ourselves, our identity, is an important aspect of this story.  

We often desire certainty and the life-story we tell ourselves is one way to achieve this to some extent.  This story can help us to build strong and lasting relationships and achieve our goals, but it can also be limiting, painful or self-destructive.  Therapy can facilitate a deeper understanding of the life-story and as such allow for important edits to be made. 

People often come to therapy desiring quick change and/or to be fixed.  While some relief or benefit can happen relatively quickly through therapy, deeper insight, more meaningful change and understanding of oneself can take time. 

Who I Work With 

I work with adult individuals and couples (monogamous and non-monogamous) as well as other relationships (siblings, friends, etc.), on both a short-term and long-term basis, in person or online.

A lot of the work of individual therapy is in exploring relationships, in all relevant domains; whether this be the relationship with oneself, with others, work, environment or spirituality.  The relationship between client and therapist is central to this exploration and is as important as technique and approach, i.e. what a therapist does and says, how they work. 

My work with couples and other relationships is based on the ideas that a relationship is a dynamic between people and we all have patterns of relating to others. We start to form our expectations about relationships and what love is from our earliest experiences.  Although relationships often seem unequal or out of balance all parties contribute to whatever dynamic exists.  It is in understanding this dynamic and how each person contributes to it that change can occur.  

I believe there is space in therapy to both explore early experience to help understand and explain today’s reality as well as focusing on practical solutions to today’s problems.

Our first session will be a general exploration of the area or areas you might want to focus on, some discussion of the therapy process and an opportunity for us both to discuss whether therapy is right for you. We will also discuss some of the practicalities and next steps, should you wish to proceed.

I have experience working with a wide range of issues and problems and with people from many cultural backgrounds.  Please feel free to ask me more. 

Training, qualifications & experience

My initial training was completed at Regent’s University, an established and respected London training organisation where I completed a 5 year programme including a foundation certificate, first and advanced diplomas in psychotherapy and counselling.  I also engage in annual and ongoing professional development, which is an important aspect of a psychotherapeutic career.  

I am accredited through the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by the ethics and standards of practice of both organisations.  

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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

UK Council for 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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • AXA PPP
  • Vitality

Additional information

Individual Psychotherapy 
Online: £85 - £90 (depending on day / time)
In person:  £90

Couples Psychotherapy  
Online: £100 - £110 (depending on day / time)
In person:  £110

My working days are Tuesday to Friday. 

Library Rooms, 17 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PH

Library Rooms, 53 Davies St., London, W1K 5JH

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Zoom