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About me

I specialise in relationships, loss and grief, but I work with all issues and related emotions that come up during a therapy session. Therapy can help to make sense of what is causing you distress by exploring new ways to acknowledge and manage feelings, so they don’t manage you. Therapy can uncover the obstacles that hold you back, helping you learn to change old thought patterns, make better choices, and feel more fulfilled. 

Training, qualifications & experience

My interest in people and the connections they make led me to a career in Human Resources. I saw how mental wellbeing was negatively impacted by conflict and a stressful work environment.  I retrained as a therapist when I came to recognise that I liked the employee relations aspect of the job the most, the support I was able to offer to others.     

I grew up in California.  Moving to a new country, adjusting to different customs and social behaviours, leaving behind friends, family and community is another type of loss that can lead to feelings of being unanchored. 

I trained as an integrative therapist. Integrating three main therapeutic theories, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, and CBT, enables me to engage with clients in the way that is most useful to them.  Every situation and perspective is unique and so I use a client directed approach, where you decide what you would like to talk about in our sessions.  The aim is to help you gain a better understanding of why you feel the way you do, to learn new tools to feel empowered.

Our relationship is a collaborative one, I will work with you in a supportive, confidential space to explore what is going on, in an objective and non-judgemental way. I will help you shed old belief systems and discover your authentic voice.

I have a diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling and have completed the BACP How To Do Counselling Online coronavirus primer course.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a certificate in Human Resources Management.  I am a registered member of the BACP and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.  In addition, I am DBS checked, fully insured, and participate regularly in continuing professional development seminars.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society


Additional information

I charge £65 per 50 minute session.

Please contact me to book a free 20-minute consultation. It is an opportunity to tell me your reasons for seeking therapy at this time, what you hope to gain and how I can best support you, and answer your questions. As the therapeutic relationship is integral to my approach, getting to know each other and making sure we are the right fit is important.

When I work

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144 Liverpool Road, London, N1 1LA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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