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MBACP (Accred), PhD

About me

My credentials:

I am a BACP registered/accredited counsellor & psychotherapist, trained in the person-centred approach. I work via Zoom with couples and individuals.

My practice is anchored in quality training and education: a BA in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is my core approach; a Master's in psychology; and a PhD in psychology and behavioural sciences. This level of education has equipped me with knowledge and understanding of issues at a deep level and the ability to recognise multiple factors involved in complex problems.

My experience:

I have a wealth of experience in a number of areas: in addiction and other trauma-related behaviour resulting from family dysfunction and abuse, particularly psychological/emotional abuse such as bullying, mental cruelty, oppression, coercive control, etc.

I have worked as a therapist in: the NHS; a youth counselling service; an agency for survivors of child sexual abuse; a specialised women's domestic abuse service; men's prisons on addiction treatment programmes; a centre for the homeless; and an exclusive residential treatment centre.

My way of working:

As a humanistic therapist, my way of working is relational and existential. I focus on processes in the here-and-now, and use the therapeutic relationship to understand other relationships. I understand the therapeutic space as a microcosm of clients' lives - what happens in the therapeutic process is often what happens outside of it too. Recognising and understanding these processes involving behaviours, thoughts and feelings can help clients make changes in order to move towards a more authentic way of being, and to create more meaning and purpose in life.

I work hard to create the right conditions for growth and change, which involves connecting with clients,  building a good therapeutic relationship, respecting my clients' autonomy and capacity for self-growth, and helping to foster self-sufficiency and agency. am a reliable, ethical and competent practitioner, offering the possibility of in-depth relational work at a level that produces good results.

How counselling can help:

Talking really helps. Verbalising the thoughts and feelings that go around in our heads can bring clarity and insights where previously there was confusion and a lack of understanding. Being understood by another human being, feeling accepted for who we really are, and being able to be our real selves without judgment can lead to a sense of freedom and power. Being in a therapeutic relationship can help us to work on issues that prevent us being the best versions of ourselves that we can be and, so, we can more easily reach our potential when addressing the things that get in the way for us.

What to expect in your first counselling session:

If you contact me and make an appointment for counselling, our first session will be a form of introduction for both of us. You will see how it feels to talk to me and whether you think that I am the right counsellor for you - it is important that there is a psychological contact so a 'good fit' is necessary. I will ask you some questions to make sure that I am competent to work with your issues and to assess the appropriateness of our working together. The session will usually last for 50 minutes and, if we decide that we will work together, then we will decide on the regular day and time, and how long we might expect the therapy to last for. It will be either be short-term work or long-term therapy with regular 6-10 weekly reviews. I also offer free initial conversations by telephone. See below for fees.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy (1st class from University of Warwick)
  • MSc Psychology
  • PhD Psychology & Behavioural Science
  • Counselling Supervision Diploma from Lindum College

I have experience of counselling in:the NHS (psychological services at University Hospital, Coventry), Face2Face Counselling Service (children and young people), Safeline, Warwick (survivors of child sexual abuse), Coventry Haven (specialist women's domestic abuse service), RAPt (Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners' Trust) and Bayberry (addiction treatment centre).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have been providing couples counselling for a number of years from the person-centred approach, using Imago dialogue. I am currently training as a sex, love and relationship coach and will be offering coaching in the new year to women and couples. My most recent trainings have incorporated Tantra and been spiritual, in contrast to my previous academic and scientific background.

Fees

From £90.00 to £150.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Individual session of 60 minutes via Zoom - £90

Individual session of 60 minutes in my London office - £120

Couples and families 80 minutes via Zoom - £120

Couples and families 80 minutes in my London office - £150

Concessionary rates available

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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My practice runs from 12 noon to 8.30pm (last session is 7.30pm)

I work online via Zoom on Mondays and Tuesdays and in London on Wednesdays

Further information

I spent a number of years as a counselling tutor on the BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling Practice at University of Nottingham, which means that I have a particular understanding of students' issues, e.g. anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, isolation, low self-esteem and confidence, relationship problems, food issues, alcohol/substance misuse.

37/41 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6HH

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups

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