Taking a step towards positive change may be easier than you think...
All of us, without exception, encounter difficult times and situations at some point of our lives. The society, our upbringing and our own expectations often tell us that we should be able to “get a grip” and “pull ourselves together”, which is why so many of us are so reluctant to seek support when we need it most. Ironically, talking to someone who is trained to help is not a sign of weakness or failure, but just recognition of the fact that we want and deserve to feel better!
Individual counselling sessions normally take place once a week on the same day and at an agreed time, and usually last for an hour. The length of therapy is different for everyone – it can take a few sessions or many months, depending on your situation and your needs.
During that hour, you will decide what you want to talk about – it is your space and you are in charge of the process. My role will be to hear and understand what is going on for you and help you find a way forward by reflecting back, asking questions and sometimes, making suggestions.
If you are going through a particularly challenging and tough time and need to talk to me outside of the session time, I will be available to speak to you on the phone, free of charge. Typically, I will ask you to text me or to leave me a voicemail and I will return your call as soon as I am able to.
There are occasions where it is not practical for a client to physically attend a session, due for instance, to an illness or because they are away. It is then perfectly valid and possible to conduct a counselling session by telephone.
E-mail contact will never be a substitute for a counselling session, but can serve to provide you with information between sessions, brief support or be a way to make, change or cancel appointments.
One person cannot be an expert on all topics. This principle also applies to therapists. If you approach me for support with an issue which lies outside of my area of training or experience, I will make every effort to help you identify an appropriate alternative source of support and suggest an individual or organisation better equipped to support you effectively. This may be instead of, or in addition to our individual arrangement.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP registered and accredited integrative counsellor with a person-centered background, which means that one of the most important factors during the therapy process will be the strength and quality of our therapeutic relationship.
I have 20 years of counselling experience, working within several diverse areas, such as general depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, bereavement, domestic violence, and support for carers. I have provided training and counselling to clients in the criminal justice system (including those in custody), and to their families. I have worked as a counselor at a GP practice, offering general therapy to patients and have trained medical students in drug awareness issues. I have also provided training and consultancy to other professionals and organisations that offer therapeutic interventions. Until 2016, I have worked for a community rehabilitation project in West London, managing and delivering a service for individuals facing issues relating to their loved ones' substance misuse and offending behaviour. I have also facilitated support groups for family members of service clients. Most recently, I have been providing trauma therapy to the Migrant Help and the Homicide Division of Victim Support, whose clients include victims of serious crime and survivors of trafficking and modern slavery.
As an Accredited and Registered Member of BACP, I subscribe to their Professional Code of Conduct.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Gay and lesbian
Time limited therapy
From £60.00 to £85.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Session fees range between £60 and £85, depending on location, sometimes concessions are available - please ask!
All fees must be paid at least 24 hrs prior to any session. Cancellations must be made 48 hrs prior to a session to avoid incurring a fee. In certain circumstances a replacement online session can be offered to clients unable to physically attend a booked session.
Lily House, 11 The Shrubberies, George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1BD
Do you have a question about this service? Or, would you like to arrange an assessment session to decide if this is for you?
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