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(HCPC reg., AFBPsS, MBACP reg.)

About me

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner with experience in working with people presenting with a wide range of psychological difficulties in different specialised services.I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). 

Concerns and difficulties that therapy might help me with

Life often presents us with challenges and each one of us develops their own ways of dealing with adversities. Sometimes, however, we might feel ‘lost’, confused, incongruent with how we would like to be, how we would like to relate with others and engage with life. Our difficulties may present themselves in different forms and we often use words such as depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, panic, phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, relationship difficulties, sexuality concerns, grief and loss to describe our experience.

When feeling vulnerable and uncertain of how to go about with the challenges you are faced with the need for support is greater. Therapy is a process through which people are helped to develop their self-awareness and make use of their unique selves and inner wisdom to overcome their difficulties and engage with life in a way that they find most meaningful. Vital in this therapeutic journey, is the presence of an empathic, attentive therapist who can help you improve your wellbeing and realise your full potential.

Philosophy and therapeutic approach

I see therapy as a journey that can foster your awareness, help you tackle your difficulties and make choices towards living a personally fulfilling life. I have experience in working with different therapeutic models (integrative, CBT, ACT, person-centred, psychodynamic and family- systemic) and I have developed an eclectic approach which is tailored to each individual’s unique self and needs. Being an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, I also make use of EMDR to help people who have had traumatic experiences and have developed distress in the form of PTSD, phobias, anxiety, depression and other difficulties.

In every therapeutic endeavour I undertake, the therapist-client relationship plays a protagonist role. Research and my clinical work have shown, time and again, that the most important factor in effective therapy is the therapeutic relationship. Having said that, I believe in the primacy of an attentive, genuine, and empathic therapist who provides a non-judgmental and confidential environment in the service of your personal growth and wellbeing.

The first session

Starting therapy can be daunting especially if it is not clear what to expect. The first session will provide us with the opportunity to collaboratively explore what brings you to therapy and how your needs can be best met. We will have an open conversation about what type of therapy would be more helpful for you and may mutually agree to work together.

‘Short-term’ or ‘long-term’ therapy?

The time format of therapy depends on the particular set of difficulties you are facing and your individual needs. The duration of therapy is discussed during the first meetings and maybe reviewed at other times throughout therapy. Whatever the format is, therapy is about promoting your independence so that you can act autonomously and make informed choices in the service of your wellbeing and what you find most important.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Qualifications

EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. Completion of the full four-part EMDR Europe Accredited training programme in the theory and practice of EMDR (2016).

Doctor of Psychology. Practitioner Doctorate (PsychD) in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology (2011).

B.Sc. Psychology, first-class honours/Valedictorian (2007).


I currently work in private practice. My clinical experience is diverse, as I have worked in a Community Mental Health Team, a Specialist Psychotherapy Department, a Community Health Psychology Service and a University Counselling Centre. Within the clinical settings I have worked, I have offered integrative, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), EMDR, person-centred, psychodynamic, and family-systemic therapy within different session frameworks (short-term and long-term). I have provided my services to people with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties, as well as to individuals who have wanted to engage in therapy to promote their personal development.

I have also worked as a University Lecturer for the University of East London and Visiting Lecturer for the City University of London.


Kouriatis, K., & Brown, D. (2011). Therapists’ bereavement and loss experiences. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 16, 205-228.

Kouriatis, K., & Brown, D. (2013-2014). Therapists’ experience of loss: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 68 (2), 89-109.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society


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.

EMDR Europe

EMDR Europe (EMDR Europe)

EMDR Europe


Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£90.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Therapy is offered on a basis of weekly online video link sessions of 50 minute duration. 

When I work

Weekday daytimes and evenings

Further information

Health Insurance Companies
I work with AXA PPP Healthcare, Aviva, Bupa, Cigna, WPA and Vitality Health. The session fee for therapy covered by health insurance companies may vary and is higher that the self-funded fee to cover additional work and administration costs.

10A Station Road, Clarence Mews, Harborne, Birmingham, West Midlands, B17 9JT

52 Bowling Green Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 3RZ

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair access available at Stourbridge practice.

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