It's good to talk, even better to be heard. I like to help people find their voice by building a safe and trusting space together. I've worked with many issues, including:
- trauma, generalised anxiety, depression, addiction, compulsions, sexuality, coming out, shame, bereavement and loss, managing anger
About me: people often come to counselling feeling stuck and unable to move on from a difficult situation in their life, whether it happened recently or many years in the past. I try to work with this feeling of 'stuckness' by offering a calm and containing environment, where you can express exactly what you are feeling without fear of being rejected. I facilitate the core therapeutic conditions of empathy, authenticity and non-judgement, which are well established as a route to healing.
I'm particularly interested in working with young or older LGBT+ people who have been shown to experience poorer mental health than their straight / cisgender counterparts. I work in a primarily person centred way, integrating some CBT and psychodynamic techniques into the work where appropriate.
I have a deep interest in working with trauma, helping clients to give expression to feelings long buried that have kept them stuck. It is often through this expression that healing begins to take place. I encourage various techniques such as mindfulness and writing things down to assist this process.
I also have an interest in existentialism and the answers this can provide to those who feel lost or helpless in life. Thinkers such as Martin Buber and Victor Frankl have influenced my ideas in this area.
Experience: since qualifying as a therapist I have worked for the NHS offering short term, solution focused therapy to people who were referred by their GP's. I have also worked within a university counselling service providing free therapy to students. I've loved the broad diversity of people that have come through the door, having seen clients from a great range of age, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Location and fees: At present I work online and I am offering an initial consultation of up to 40 minutes for £20. This will be followed by weekly online sessions for £35. Normally I see clients in Central London.
What to expect: when you come and see me, initially we will discuss what you are looking for from therapy and how I work. I will provide a contract which outlines my commitment to confidentiality and adherence to the BACP's ethical framework. If we agree to work together, then we will see each other weekly for 50 minutes on an open ended basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a diploma in integrative counselling, and my training took place at City Lit. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I also have a Bachelors degree in Psychology.
I’ve worked on various voluntary placements which included a year providing short-term NHS therapy in Wandsworth. At present I volunteer with the counselling service at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Swiss Cottage.
Additionally I have worked for the British Red Cross for the past four years, helping people in hospital to return home and regain their independence.
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
£35 per session.