As a qualified and experienced practitioner I provide a professional, caring and non judgemental environment in which to explore the issues that have led you to counselling. Most clients choose to work with me because they want to change or feel differently about a part of themselves and or a life event.
Talking through your thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviour can begin the process of moving on, acceptance or change.
I am quiet, calm and practical in my manner and work empathically while avoiding too much 'counselling speak'. All sessions (60 minutes) are confidential and the length of our work together is determined by you. As an integrative counsellor I offer a combination of person centred work, psycho dynamic practice and where appropriate cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I also use Mindfulness techniques.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work in private practice with clients ranging in age from 15 years - 92 years. In a respectful and sensitive manner I listen, reflect and support a client, whilst always containing the range of emotions, thoughts and feelings that can be evoked through the work. The reasons for seeking counselling may be recent or bottled up for years. Presenting issues include anxiety, depression, work place stress, complex family dynamics, issues around childlessness or difficulties in conceiving, relationship challenges or breakdown, low self esteem, confusion or loss of purpose.
I have worked in the NHS, at a large South West London GP surgery and also at City Pregnancy Counselling and Psychotherapy (CPCP). My NHS patients were referred via a GP and my work covered the above and bereavement, self harm, parental challenges, and addiction. At CPCP I worked with clients seeking support for pre-natal and post natal depression, child bereavement; failed IVF, unplanned pregnancy, miscarriage; considerations around fertility, egg or sperm donation, adoption; parenting a sick or disabled child.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I volunteer at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
An assessment to decide 'if and how' to work together
This 60 minute meeting takes place at my house in a calm and safe and confidential space. It can be used as a one off session in which to discuss and examine how counselling may work for you. At the end of the session we consider if we can work together. You are under no obligation to return if you decide at the end of our hour not to continue. The cost of this assessment session is £60.00.
Sessions 1 - 6 and ongoing counselling
If we decide during or after the assessment that there is a therapeutic benefit in us working together we will set up 6 sessions. Usually these are arranged for the same day and time for six consecutive weeks. I can be reasonably flexible about times and dates. Each session lasts 60 minutes. After that we review every six weeks if to extend our work. Fees are determined by the time slot chosen and range from £50-70 per session. Please ask for details.
I am available to see clients weekdays from 9.00 am - 8.00pm
My clients range in age and differ in social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. To each client I offer a good standard of care and professional competence and I follow an agreed code of ethics and values as set out by the BACP.