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MBACP (Accred), LLB (HONS)

About me

When life’s road feels bumpier and then bumpier again therapy can shine a light on the causes and the best way forward.

I will provide a safe, warm confidential environment, where we will identify, explore and work through what’s troubling you. Through our relationship and by working together we will discover and develop new ways of approaching life that will serve you better-ways which are less compromised by the past.

I work mainly with a psychodynamic approach, recognising that current distress and experiences may be influenced by early life experiences. This approach allows you to understand yourself at a deeper level rather than purely seeking symptom relief. In turn this can lead to a greater self awareness and new ways of thinking, behaving and relating.

It can feel difficult to make the first call. However, do not let this put you off taking the first step. Allowing yourself the freedom to speak to a Counsellor is the healthiest, most constructive thing you can do for yourself and the people who matter to you.

After an initial conversation on the telephone, I offer a consultation interview which lasts 50 minutes. The consultation will provide an opportunity, for us both, to explore your difficulties and decide what is the best way forward and to see if we can work together. Sometimes we may meet more than once before deciding whether to begin therapy or not. There is no commitment to engage in therapy at this stage whether you want to proceed is entirely your decision.

If we do agree to continue we would meet once a week for 50 minutes on an agreed day and time. It is difficult to predict how long therapy will last. Some focused difficulties are more suitable for short term therapy, which usually last 12 weeks, other difficulties are more suitable for long term therapy. We can discuss which option will suit you best at the initial consultation. I work from both Muswell Hill and East Finchley.

If you need any further information please visit my web site.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as private practice, I am a Staff Counsellor with Highgate Counselling Centre and work in their family/couples team. I hold a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, a recognised British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited qualification.

I am also employed by Axa Healthcare as an EAP Counsellor. I deal with calls requiring immediate support, clinical consultation, assessments, crisis intervention; determining risk level of caller and recommending the most appropriate form of support or counselling.

I have also worked with No Panic a charity which focuses on helping people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and other related anxiety disorders.

Before training as a Counsellor I worked as a professional in the City for a number of years and I am familiar with the pressures of these environments.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

Additional information

For weekday daytime sessions (until 5pm) I charge £55 per 50-minute session.

For evening sessions (6pm onwards) and Sunday afternoon sessions I charge £65 per 50-minute session.

The first two consultation sessions are £65 each, regardless of whether daytime or evening.

Sessions via videocall are also £55 – £65 each, depending on whether daytime or evening.

East Finchley Consulting, 104D High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 9EB

Highgate Counselling Centre, 58 Highgate High Street, Highgate, London, N6 5HX

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