Having walked through testing times in my own life, I find that I am drawn to people in pain and difficulty. I enjoy listening, giving time and undivided attention. I believe it to be a privilege when another person trusts me with their thoughts and feelings, hopes and fears; when they talk with me about past experiences that are important to them, even when it involves fear and pain, struggle and grief. I have seen people change, grow and flourish in a safe environment of caring support. I believe that for you.
I offer a regular time and space, where the focus is on you. This is an invitation and permission to be still, to be quiet; to talk about whatever is important to you. It is about you, and what you want to explore.
Counselling offers an opportunity to make sense the past: of life, feelings, experiences and hurts. Who we have been, what we have experienced, good and bad, shape us into the people we are today.
Many of us have unresolved issues: loss, hurt, abuse, anger, broken or difficult relationships – if they remain unresolved, we carry these into future situations and relationships and are at risk of repeating familiar patterns.
Counselling is an opportunity to identify patterns, beliefs, and perhaps misconceptions about yourself and others also a chance to identify and value your strengths and abilities.
My aim is to provide a secure base, a safe place from which to explore. I will sit with you, give you space, and allow you to set the agenda and the pace. I will explore issues with you, look at options and possibilities, and encourage you to find your own way forward.
My style of counselling is best described as an Integrative Person Centred approach, with an emphasis on Attachment. I believe strongly in the importance of the relationship between the client and counsellor. I am non-directive, non-judgemental and without agenda.
I have a particular interest in working with older people, the "third age".
During this testing time of social distancing and lockdown, I am unable to offer face to face sessions. I am able to offer video sessions using Skype or Zoom, or telephone sessions if you would prefer.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am on the BACP accredited register. I am subject to its ethical framework and complaints procedure.
I have a Diploma in Counselling from the University of Westminster (2000).
I was Director of Hope Counselling Service (previously Beulah Counselling Service) in Edgware for eight years from 2004-2012, and I have worked in private practice for 15 years.
I was a volunteer bereavement counsellor for Bereft Acton.
I have volunteered for Befriending Network: befriending and supporting someone with a life threatening condition.
I have up to date Professional Liability Insurance.
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
£50 per session
£40 per session for counselling students.
(Concessions may be available)
I offer an initial session at £20, a chance to meet, for you to get an idea of how I work, to discuss what you are hoping for from counselling, and to see if we can work together.