I am a registered Psychotherapist, Art Therapist and Counsellor, and am based in North London. I am qualified to Masters and Post Graduate Certificate level, with over 3 years' experience of working in adult mental health. I specialise in addictions, eating disorders, depression and anxiety, but am open to working with a variety of psychological concerns. I work in person and online and am happy to discuss your timing requirements if my below availability isn't suitable. I also offer a free initial (zoom or telephone) consultation for 20 minutes.
My integrative approach means that I use various psychological perspectives so that I can be flexible towards your needs. I also welcome an equal working ethic, where we develop your treatment together and I am open towards what you wish to bring. I do not instruct you in what I feel is ‘best’. Rather, I notice and remain curious of what comes up in the moment so that you can think about the obstacles you face and discover your own path and potential. I am inspired by psychodynamic and person-centred principles - particularly attachment theory, object relations theory, transactional analysis and Gestalt; however my primary focus is on the therapeutic relationship and offering an empathic, nonjudgmental space for you to explore the challenges you wish to bring.
How art can help
The use of art allows you to express yourself in a ‘sensory’ way, which can lead to a greater understanding of your feelings and circumstances. You do not have to use it if you would prefer to talk, but art can be especially helpful when it feels hard to describe your experiences in words. I believe that imagination and creativity can help us reconnect with the less familiar parts of ourselves and feel more 'whole', which can lead to more satisfying ways of functioning and more rewarding relationships with ourselves and those around us. Expressing our emotional difficulties through art also helps us to separate from them so that they can become more manageable.
The art forms I work with include: painting; drawing; sculpture; music and sound; the body and movement; metaphor and imagination; poetry and creative writing; role playing and the use of (everyday) objects through which you can express yourself. These methods are often evolving and you can be as creative as you wish! Furthermore, art therapy is not about technical skill. – It’s more about the process of creating something and allowing what’s coming up in the moment to be authentically communicated, so that it offers some kind of meaning, form and/ or enlightenment.
If you would like any further information, please visit my website and feel free to contact me by email or phone. If I am unable to respond straight away, I will get back to you within 24 hours, or ASAP if contact is made outside my working hours, (listed under my availability below).
I offer a 20 minute, free consultation to start off with, over the phone or online (via zoom). If you are interested in proceeding, we can arrange a 1 hour assessment session, followed by an initial 6 sessions of psychotherapy. We would then review these sessions and decide if you would like to continue therapy (should you wish).
What to expect in your first session
Your initial consultation is about getting to know one another, where I welcome you to tell me what brings you to therapy and what you would like to get out of it. I will tell you more about how I practise, how the arts can support you and answer any questions you may have. We may also cover some practical measures, such as what days/ times suit us and cancellation/ contracting policies etc. You would then decide whether you would like to book an assessment, which involves me asking you some questions to gain a greater sense of your concerns; and we would consider together any particular focusses for your treatment.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
- Masters Degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy - The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE)
- PG Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts - The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE)
- BA (Hons) Degree in Embroidery (Textiles) - The Manchester Metropolitan University
- BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design - The Manchester Metropolitan University
I also completed the Introduction to Counselling and Counselling (Advanced) courses at City Lit College, (London), prior to my psychotherapy training at IATE.
I regularly continue in my professional development by attending webinars, online courses and reading literature and articles that are relevant to my work.
I have over 3 years' experience of working in adult mental health and have supported people with various psychological difficulties, such as: addictions, trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviour, intrusive thinking and perinatal mental health. As well as working privately, I have worked for charities and the NHS, and with people across various ages, sexual orientations, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.
I am HCPC and BACP registered and a member of BAAT and IATE. I work in full compliance with the standards of ethics and codes of practice of these regulatory bodies. My clinical work is regularly supported by UKCP/ HCPC registered supervisors, and alongside my private practice, I work for a charity that supports young women who are recovering from addictions.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
Health and Care Professions Council
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Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £30.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Sessions take place at the same time and location each week, either in person in Kings Cross or Dalston (Hackney), or online. They last for 50 minutes and cost £65 in person and £60 online. Payments can be made via bank transfer.
I do offer concessions to students or those who are unemployed or on a low income. Spaces are subject to availability so please feel free to contact me for further information.
In person sessions are currently available during Wednesday lunchtimes/ afternoons (Kings Cross), and Tuesday lunchtimes/ afternoons (Dalston, Hackney)
To provide flexibility in deciding if you want to start therapy, I offer a free, initial consultation for 20 minutes (as outlined in my profile).
I can be contacted from Monday-Thursday, 09:00-18:00 and Friday, 09:00-17:00.
* I work for another organisation on Mondays, therefore it is difficult to reach me by phone that day.
Our safety is a priority, therefore I am continually monitoring the risks of working in person, due to Coronavirus . Should we need to make any changes to our circumstances, all measures required would be clearly explained and outlined.
I continually develop my practice through further training and research, and have undertaken training through the BACP on the effects of taking psychiatric drugs, and their implications for therapy.