It is not unusual to have a mixture of feelings when seeking counselling. Possibly anxious about asking for help, wondering how long you will need counselling, wondering what it will be like to confide in a ‘stranger’ and so on. I am mindful of what it can be like to face difficulties, to realise that it is no longer possible to put on a ‘brave face’ and to take perhaps a long overdue leap to find some help. With this in mind my practice rooms are warm, confidential and within easy access to public transport.
I trained at Birkbeck college, University of London, a highly regarded course in the field of therapy and continue to take an active part in keeping pace with everyday life such as the emotional impact of social media, dieting fads, the rise in depression, pressures to be successful, family break down and so on.
I am more than happy for you to contact me to ask questions and find out more.
The first meeting:
I believe that it is important that we have a longer first meeting. This will give us a chance to talk in some depth. This will help assess more accurately what is troubling you and allow time to share any concerns that you may have.
I provide psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy. Therefore, I take a particular interest in your childhood experiences and how the roots of certain beliefs and attitudes about yourself and others can affect your current life in an unhelpful way. Our relationships with parents, teachers and friends can have a powerful and lasting impression.
Feelings of depression can lead to coping mechanisms that are harmful: relying on alcohol to relax, reaching for chocolate as a treat, smoking as a way to feel more calm, over exercising and dieting which becomes more compulsive than healthy. At worst prolonged anxiety, feeling low and helpless can lead to loneliness, helplessness and serious health conditions.
Counselling or therapy is a way in which you can confide in someone who is trained to listen and help in a completely non-judgemental way. I work with clients who suffer from a wide range of difficulties (see list below) in both the short term, perhaps a crisis, and in more depth, over a longer period.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my training at Birkbeck college, University of London (MSc - merit).
Other qualifications: BA (hons) Sociology, CIH (professional qualification).
In addition to my private practice I have provided therapy for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and severe early neglect in the NHS. This allows me to work with complex needs and in depth.
Other experience includes student counselling at degree level helping with the pressures of academic expectations, the impact of leaving home, coping with exam performance.
Meeting the needs of others from a wide range of communities, backgrounds, personal circumstances on a face to face basis is not new to me. My working background has been to manage at senior levels delivering services to the public. Staff stress levels were often high and revealed a wide range of ways in which people cope with pressure. I too learnt important lessons concerning keeping healthy, reflecting on experience and the importance of counselling as a form of unique support.
My work led to national recognition in terms of a number of awards.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Living with dyslexia
My fees are:
£100 for an assessment (90 minutes)
£65 for 50 minutes - online only in the current circumstances of the pandemic.
Please contact me for availability. I aim to be as flexible as possible to cater for family life, elderly relatives and work commitments.