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Registered MBACP (Snr. Accred), RGN

About me

I am a Registered BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and work with individuals on a one to one basis for short term or long term therapy. I have extensive experience as a Counsellor and Registered Nurse in Primary Care and NHS Trusts. In addition I have a private practice in East London.

Counselling provides an opportunity to identify and explore problems you may be experiencing. I will provide a safe and confidential environment in which to explore and express your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a way that is not always possible with family and friends and which you may not have felt safe to talk about before.  The sessions may enable you to see things more clearly, help you to see what choices are available and thus make some decisions or changes in your life. Lasting change is possible through a process of understanding and coming to terms with unresolved feelings that may have remained hidden for a long time.

Counselling is different from other kinds of help where a condition may be diagnosed and a course of treatment prescribed.  It is a process by which you can learn more about yourself and your relationships with others and thus find solutions that will be constructive for you personally.  The aim of counselling is therefore to help you to help yourself through periods of distress, crisis or change.

I use a person-centred approach in my work with clients. I also integrate other therapeutic methods where these might benefit the client e.g. cognitive behavioural techniques, breathing and relaxation techniques, gestalt etc. I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), primarily for clients presenting with PTSD but also when I feel this method would be of value.
I see clients with a variety of issues for example:

  • Bereavement
  • Relationship issues
  • Family difficulties
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Work related stress
  • Emotional trauma
  • Physical trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • Low self esteem
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling in 1991 at Metanoia Psychotherapy Training Institute in Ealing.

I completed EMDR training in 2014 with EMDR Works and have been offering this way of working to clients where appropriate.

I am a Registered Member of the BACP (Senior Accredited) and a Registered Independent Counsellor with the UKRC. I previously worked for 20 years as a primary care counsellor in a GP practice in North London working with individuals referred by the primary care team for a variety of issues.  I have been providing a private counselling service in East London for approximately 10 years

As a BACP registered counsellor I am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework.

I am also a Registered Nurse and recently retired from my position as family nurse with the NHS, improving the health and well being of teenage parents and their babies, focussing specifically on improving maternal health, bonding and attachment, family support, life chances, readiness for school and access to health and community services.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£55.00 per session

Additional information

£55 for 50 min session

£75 for 75 min EMDR session

When I work

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Afternoon
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Daytime and early evening sessions available

Further information

I am approximately 10mins walk from the underground and overground rail network. Buses from the station stop less than 2 minutes walk away.

Walthamstow, London, E17

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom