Due to the current pandemic I am currently offering sessions online
At times when you are feeling troubled, it may seem that there is no-one to talk to, or at difficult times in our lives the support of friends or family just does not seem like enough. I am a counsellor and psychotherapist providing both short and long-term therapy to adults. I can provide a safe, reliable and confidential place to explore emotional issues and difficulties as I am professionally trained to listen in an empathic and sensitive way, which helps to get to the root of the problem.
Issues can range from specific challenges such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, panic attacks, relationship problems or concerns with drugs, weight or alcohol, to concerns that seem less explicable, such as a sense that life has lost its meaning or that you feel 'stuck'. Counselling and psychotherapy are particularly helpful if you feel your problems may have an emotional or psychological origin and you seek a deeper understanding of yourself and your difficulties.
Sometimes past experiences can impact on how we feel now and so by exploring the origin of your concerns and feelings we can make them easier to understand and help you to see things in a different light. Through this process of increased awareness more appropriate and informed choices can be made during difficult times.
It is not uncommon to feel hesitant or unsure about seeking help and so first appointments are to explore your difficulties as well as your expectations of counselling and psychotherapy. The initial consultation will be for 50 minutes and is largely non-directive, and it is unlikely I will ask you questions the whole time. At the end of this consultation we will discuss whether counselling/psychotherapy is likely to be the most helpful treatment for you. If it is agreed that psychotherapy or counselling is appropriate we will agree to a regular day and time for sessions on an ongoing basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I am registered and accredited by the British Association for Counseling & Psychotherapy (BACP) which is the nationally recognised standard for Counsellors and Psychtherapists and I adhere to their code of ethics and practice. Additionally, I am also registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). I am a recognised therapist for BUPA, Axa PPP, Aviva and Vitally Healthcare Insurance companies.
I completed a rigorous 3-year clinical training at the Manor House Centre for Psychotherapy & Counselling (MHCPC) and graduated with a Diploma in Psychdynamic Counselling & Therapy in the Community. The MHCPC is a highly regarded BACP accredited training course in North London.
I have also achieved an MA in Psychanalytic Studies with distinction from the Tavistock Clinic, which is part of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. The Tavistock is world renowned for being at the forefront of exploring mental health and well-being since the First World War.
I have substantial experience and have been working with patients for over 20 years. Since qualifying, I have worked in private practice and various other organisational settings, including in primary care at GP practices within the NHS providing both short and long-term psychodynamic counselling as well as a Consultant Counsellor for a national autistic charity. I also worked for 8 years at Northwick Park Hospital Mental Health Unit, within the psychotherapy service specialising in providing psychodynamic psychotherapy to those with more complex and enduring issues. I am currently working as a Specialist Psychotherapist at the Clinic for Dissociative Studies (CDS).
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.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
The fee per 50 minute session is £60-£75 depending on location and ongoing fees will be discussed at the initial consultation. I have a limited number of places available for those on low incomes.
Mon-Fri 9:00 to 5:00 and I offer some sessions outside normal working hours.
Getting to Farringdon, EC1A
My consulting rooms in Snow Hill Court, Farringdon, EC1A are located behind the Church of St Sepulchre without Newgate which is near to Barts Hospital and the Old Bailey.
St. Paul's, Farringdon, Barbican, Blackfriars, Chancery Lane
By National Rail Station:
Farringdon (Thameslink), Barbican (Thameslink), Blackfriars, City Thameslink
Getting to Bushey Heath
My consulting room is easily accessed from the A41, M1 and M25. Unristricted parking is available close by.
The nearest underground station is Stanmore (Jubilee Line).
By Nation Rail Station:
The nearest stations are Bushey Arches (London Midland), and Elstree and Borehamwood (Thameslink).
Routes 142, 258, 306, 306B.