DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES I AM OFFERING COUNSELLING SESSIONS BY VIDEO LINK AS WELL AS "WALK AND TALK" SESSIONS WHICH ENABLE FACE TO FACE INTERACTION WHILST IN THE SAFER AND HEALING ENVIRONMENT OF LOCAL BEAUTIFUL GREEN SPACES.
After 25 years professional experience of working in the field of mental health and emotional well-being in the NHS and in various pastoral counselling settings, I have extensive knowledge and understanding of counselling a wide range of people at different places on life’s path.
The path of our life can be exciting and joyful; it can also be challenging and frightening. At times in our lives we can all face anxiety, depression, physical ill-health, relationship difficulties, loss and uncertainty and need to talk to someone about our concerns. Sometimes we follow our path unthinking but deep down we long to know ourselves more truly and seek personal growth and development in order to be fully alive.
Wherever you are on the path of life I offer a comfortable safe counselling space providing support, healing and exploration of needs, anxieties and the things it often feels difficult to say to others.
I am a short walk from Morden Underground station as well as National Rail and tram stations. Off-street car parking is also available.
I offer some concessionary rates to those on low incomes.
As well as conventional indoor therapy sessions at my practice in Merton Park, I also offer Talk and Walk sessions outdoors. Perhaps you might have tried traditional counselling and it was not for you: walking and talking could be an excellent alternative. Or if you are nervous – as most people understandably are on their first visit to a counsellor – then have a think about considering the great outdoors for talking over your problems and letting the elements of nature support your journey.
I am happy to offer therapy sessions via video link.
Please see my website for further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP No 376175) with a Diploma in Conselling (Dip. Couns.)
I have qualifications in Mental Health Nursing, Theology and Spirituality and Counselling.
As a mental health nurse in the NHS, I have worked in many services across South London and have also had professional and voluntary roles in pastoral counselling settings. As a result, I have extensive experience and knowledge of counselling and supporting a wide range of people. I draw on a range of techniques and approaches to support clients. My own life experience is also a vital element in working with people.
I have been an honourary counsellor with a local charity, The Wimbledon Guild, offering counselling to women and men who live and work in the Borough of Merton.
I have also worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust a specialist organisation offering therapy for the LGBTIQA+ community living with or affected by HIV, as well as those struggling with issues related to sexuality and gender identity.
I began my counselling training in the Psychosynthesis model before furthering my study in practice in the Gestalt model of therapy.
Working in the Gestalt model, I endeavour to create open, supportive and honest dialogue with my clients. This allows the client to gain increased awareness of how their mind, body and spirit respond to situations and the people around them and to discover what works well for them and where they get stuck in unhealthy patterns. In doing so clients can understand how they contribute to their own response and move toward healthier ways of responding and living.
Please see my website for further information.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£30 for the initial consultation.
£50 for each 50 minute session thereafter.
I offer a reduced fee for students and those on a low income – which we can discuss at your initial consultation.
There is a charge for missed sessions, but wherever possible I will try to re-arrange your session for another time in the same week if you are unable to make an appointment.
Daytime and evenings weekdays. Saturday mornings.