It can be hard to make the first steps to explore therapy. People come for many different reasons feeling sad or anxious, maybe relationship issues or stress issues around food or body image. I hold a safe empathic non judgemental space in which together we can build an awareness around thoughts feelings and behaviours. Our relationship is something with time we will build together it’s important to have a professional who genuinely cares about you and your well-being and that you can trust in time. Most studies have shown whatever the issues or therapy given the therapeutic relationship is the biggest influence on well being healing and mental health.
I am a qualified and professionally trained Integrative-Relational Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (MBACP).
I can offer help with a wide range of issues as I have experience and training in multiple areas. I work with a diverse client group of young people 16+, adults and older adults of all genders. I offer support with anxiety, social anxiety, depression, trauma-PTSD, Complex PTSD, OCD, bereavement, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, relationship issues, sexual difficulties, identity issues, sexuality, coming out later in life, gender identity, spirituality and suicidal ideation.
How Does Psychotherapy and Counselling help?
- Offering a greater understanding and enhances your mental health and wellbeing
- Improve relationships with others and yourself
- Reduce and heal from behaviours that are problematic such as eating disorders, addiction and self harm
- Gain a understanding of how your past is influencing you in the here and now
- Empowers you to create space in-between stimulus and your response
- Uncovers hidden emotions, states and trauma from the past freeing you of these in order that you can start to live more fully in the present
- Improvement in physical health
I have had extra training and experience with
Trauma including sexual abuse- trauma can show up in lots of different ways often disconnection us from our body's symptoms such as self destructive behaviour (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, addictions), disassociation, anxiety-pannic attacks and overwhelming feeling like sadness or anger I can work with you to help overcome these symptoms and guide you through a process of stabilisation grief and healing.
Gender, sexuality and relationship diversity- Some clients come to me want to explore sexuality or gender and what that means to them. Others come from LGBT+ community and I support them with coming out, coming out later in life, self acceptance, systemic shame, discrimination and self image.
Eating disorders and body image-I have experience in working with disordered eating and body dysmorphia. I attend the body dysmorphia/OCD action conferences and training yearly. I work with eating disorder recovery.
I have worked for many organisations including:
- NHS- i worked within the NHS as a psychotheraputic counselling supporting people presenting with anxiety, depression, feeling of sadness and isolation, work stress, body image issues and eating disorders
- Clini Q- I work for a trans and non binary health and wellbeing service as a psychotherapeutic counsellor with clients dealing with issues around gender dysphoria relationships systemic trauma
- Maytree- i volunteered for years supporting clients with suicidal thoughts within a residential respite centre. Often presenting dual diagnosis or issues with relationships, anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Viktor E. Frankl
Training, qualifications & experience
An integrative-relational psychotherapeutic counsellor means I work with a range of different counselling and psycho-therapeutic theories. This approach is extremely effective in valuing the uniqueness of each client.
My background is in the arts which allows me to bring curiosity, creativity and fun into my work. I love yoga and dance which fuels my interest in work with the body. Mindfulness and meditation are tools i find helpful in assisting us living in the present.
I work with the body(somatically)- body responses often can uncover hidden states, emotion and trauma. Somatic therapy is holistic and studies the relationship between the mind and body in regard to psychological past. Up to date research shows the old talking therapies and separating mind and body can be ineffective. We will build an awareness of how body positions stature and responses can impact on thought process and vice versa. With awareness and integration we can better live in the present moment.
I work collaboratively with my clients: it is particularly important to me to empower people to gain insight into repeated patterns of behaviour, enabling self-awareness into past trauma. Moving away from unhealthy relationships and habits can help us to feel stronger, gain more self-esteem and therefore allow us choice.
If helpful we may look together at some ideas to explain and normalise your symptoms - drawing from neuroscience and ideas on the nervous system. I use Janina Fishers trauma informed stabilisation treatment to work on safely integrating trauma memories and theories on the nervous system such a polyvagal theory to create a safety within your own body decreasing symptoms such as anxiety stress and depression.
My work is client led, we go at your pace - I see my role as support and empowerment.
My practice is in Fitzrovia central London I have a light, airy, comfortable room.
- Level 2 and 3 integrative counselling
- BA 1st Degree honors Integrative Relational Counselling
- LGBT+ training
- Suicidal crisis training
- Trauma informed Stabilisation Treatment (PESI)
- Neuroscience in Therapy Cert
- Understanding the needs of Sex workers Cert
- Creative arts in therapy Cert
- Polyvagal theory Cert
- Somatic (Body therapy) Cert
- Working with dissociated sense of self Cert
- Treating Shame Cert
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free 30 minute online or telephone consultation. Studies have shown the relationship is vital in therapeutic work so it is important you find the therapist for you. This will give you the opportunity to ask me questions and briefly discuss your goals for counselling.
I offer both short 6-12 weeks or long-term, face to face, online and telephone counselling. Counselling sessions are 50 mins long.
As a registered member of the BACP I work in accordance with the BACP's Ethical Framework and adhere to a strict code of ethics. All sessions and consultations are confidential.
Sessions cost £75 per hour. Payment via BACS, bank card or cash at or before the session. 24 hour cancellation charge at the full rate.
I offer in person session in central London, outdoor therapy and online zoom sessions