I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.
When life gets on top of us, it can be helpful to talk things through with an objective third party who has no prior involvement in our lives. Through respectful listening I offer a warm, non-judgemental and safe space for therapy, allowing exploration of any past or current issues in a manner and pace that feels comfortable to you.
Counselling is not about giving advice or fixing problems, rather client and counsellor working together to tap into a client's existing inner resources to build up the personal strength and empowerment needed to aid progression.
How I work
I prefer to take an integrative approach to therapy; this involves incorporating elements of psychodynamic, solution focused and person-centred therapies, as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to tailor sessions to the individual needs of each client. Therapy is a collaborative process - I will always respect you as an individual and work with you to ensure you get the most out of your counselling sessions.
Therapy isn't just about counsellor technique - finding the right therapist for your needs is very important. As such, I offer a 20-minute 'getting to know you' session first to give you the opportunity to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you.
I can offer weekly daytime sessions both online and in person.
Training, qualifications & experience
Since 2012 I have worked with charities such as Heads Together and the Fountain Centre and have experienced counselling all ages from 13 upwards. I've encountered issues surrounding depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, self-harm and suicide ideation, stress, social anxiety, relationship problems, bereavement and those affected by serious or terminal illness.
I hold a BACP endorsed post-graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London and an Extra Mural Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills from Birkbeck College, London.
My training as a counsellor is on-going and I therefore continue to attend appropriate seminars and CPD courses to enrich my skills.
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
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 55-minute session
£15 per initial 20-minute 'getting to know you' session
Some concessions may be available and can be discussed during the initial consultation.
When I work
I currently offer online counselling
Monday to Thursday daytime, as well as Friday morning sessions.
I have regular supervision and hold professional indemnity insurance.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy.