People seek counselling for a wide number of reasons. It can be natural to believe that you have to keep on struggling with your difficulties alone, and try to effect change by yourself, feeling it would somehow be ‘weak’ or ‘embarrassing’ to ask someone else for help. Talking to an experienced therapist, however, can help you get to the root of whatever it may be that is stopping your life from moving forward and stopping you from feeling happier; and it can also give you extra support in making changes. Whatever your reasons, I offer therapy which helps individuals to gain a better understanding of past and present difficulties.
I am an experienced, qualified and accredited counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also a UK Registered Independent Counsellor (UKRCP).
I work in an integrative way, which means that I use theories and concepts from different therapeutic models. I believe that psychological problems are seldom caused by just one source or situation, and that therefore a variety of strategies may be useful for achieving the desired outcome.
I also offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and am accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
During the last 20 years I have worked in different settings with children, adolescents, adults and families.
I have previously worked as a counsellor in primary and secondary education and in other health care settings (including the NHS), such as bereavement, sexual health, and a rape and sexual assault service, as well as voluntary organisations. In addition to working as a therapist, I also offer supervision to other counsellors.
The typical issues that draw people to therapy are depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bereavement, trauma, abuse, sexuality, sexual problems, physical illness/pain, bereavement/loss, low self-esteem, phobias, problems at work/college/school, stress, suicidal feelings, isolation, crisis, infertility/miscarriage, parenting, anger, self-loathing, feelings of failure, feeling wrong and bad, and economic difficulties. I am experienced in working with each of these.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and, as such, I am bound by its Ethical Framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy. I am also a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.
In addition I have been Police checked (in relation to working with children and adolescents) and I have professional indemnity insurance.
Counselling and Professional qualifications:
- · Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- - Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision
- · Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic (Integrative) Counselling
- · Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
- · Certificate in Counselling
- · Certificate in Telephone Counselling
I am committed to ongoing professional development, and regularly attend training events. Some examples of these are:
- · Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- · Family therapy
- · Attachment
- · Child protection
- · Equality and diversity
- · Motivational interviewing
- · Sexual assault
- · Domestic violence
- · Sexual health
- · Bereavement
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
Concessions offered for
Individual therapy - £60-90 per 50-60 minute session
Couple counselling - £90 per session
Supervision - £90 per 1.5 hour session
- £60 per 1 hour session
I offer some discounts to students or those on lower incomes according to personal circumstances.
I work in the daytime, evening and at the weekend – you will need to get in touch to find out when I have a session available.
I work from home in Highams Park, London E4.
I am a 2 minute walk from the train station at Highams Park, which is on the London Liverpool Street to Chingford overland train line.
Highams Park is also not far from the central tube line at Woodford and South Woodford as well as the Victoria Line at Walthamstow Central.
There is street parking available and with prior arrangement parking is available on the drive outside my house.