Hello and welcome!
My aim is to support you through any difficulty you are experiencing now. I offer a warm, non-judgemental and confidential setting where you can talk about the issues that are distressing you. Together I hope we can gain an understanding of what you want from life, what fulfils you and what holds you back.
Should you try therapy?
Normal people go to therapy. They worry about life, relationships, family, fulfilment, have suffered trauma, have caused trauma, have loved and lost.
It is entirely reasonable to have times in your life when you’re finding it difficult to cope. Yet going to therapy is a brave decision and you've taken a bold first step towards support by just looking in this directory.
Counselling can be a very scary thing – talking about traumatic or difficult subjects to a person you don’t know is never going to be easy. My job is to go on the journey and explore the issues with you but I don’t tell you what to do. It’s a journey that isn’t devoid of challenge or humour but it’s a journey of your choosing.
Equally we will go at the pace that you choose and the topic of your choice. Difficult subjects can take time to be voiced. It can also take time to clarify what is important for you to talk about. We may touch upon the past – family, relationships, career – or we may talk about the present and a crisis that overwhelms you. You will voice the issues that you feel are important.
Sometimes the aim of therapy is to achieve a sense of who we are – where do our motivations come from? Why and how do we form relationships? What have we taken from the past and what can we leave behind? Therapy often allows the time and space to think about ourselves in more depth than we ever have before.
Therapy can help people to fulfil their potential, to find their passion, their own meaning of life – and experience shows that we all have the ability to change. Therapy allows you to consider and plan a future of possibilities and I hope to do that with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist based in London. I have the required insurance to work as a private practitioner and a DBS.
I am an accreditted member of the British Association of Counselling Practitioners (BACP), who are the largest body for psychotherapists in the UK and whose ethical and training standards are among the highest. As part of their regulations I attend regular supervison. I am working towards accreditation with them in the next year.
I have worked as a counsellor for three years in voluntary practices in east London, south London and the Isle of Dogs. Before becoming a counsellor I worked in publishing, journalism, international development and communications. I have lived in northeast London for over twenty years.
I have an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from the University of Roehampton. I have trained for four years, have received personal therapy, and have a lot of life experience but I am still curious and still learning. I regularly attend CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses and training, and I read widely.
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
£25 for an hour. This is a getting to know each other session where we can tell if we want to work together. It will involve practical things like timings but also an indication of areas that you would like to work on and maybe some personal history. You don’t have to tell me at this session whether you want to work with me or not, it’s best to have a think and then get back to me by email or phone.
£50 for an hour session.
Payment should be made a day before by online banking.
Sessions are weekly.
I am available Monday to Friday with some availability during the weekend and evenings.
I am available Monday to Friday with some availability during weekends and evenings.