I have over 18 years of experience working with individuals and couples providing both time limited and open ended counselling, in addition to providing group therapies. As well as my private practice, I have worked within various voluntary sector organisations, specialising in supporting people dealing with trauma, childhood sexual abuse, sexuality, addictions, shame/guilt, and bereavement. I am also a qualified clinical supervisor, supporting private practitioners and counsellors in training across local agencies.
At the forefront of my practice is the knowledge that as humans, it is a given that we are all susceptible and vulnerable to feeling painful emotions. However, for many, the thought of engaging in counselling and sharing your problems, fears and difficulties can be intimidating. We may think it's best not to burden loved ones, and it can seem easier to avoid, supress or artificially escape our pain and often traumatic experiences in the hope we can find temporary relief. This strategy tends to leave people feeling isolated, lonely, confused and often overwhelmed in their efforts to cope or resolve conflicts.
I operate fully from the perspective that unresolved emotional pain, whether it stems from long standing issues born from our past, current life difficulties, or a blend of the two, can manifest in many detrimental health issues, including stress, anxiety and depression. Consequently, we can increase our vulnerability to difficulties such as panic attacks, low self-esteem, shame/guilt and problems with intimacy, unfulfilled/abusive relationship patterns and forming a healthy identity. These human conditions can impact us all, they do not discriminate regardless of our sex, race, status etc., yet many still find it difficult to choose to engage in therapy.
I aim to create a trusting environment first and foremost, to help clients feel safe and secure in their relationship with me. Once a foundation of trust is established this can allow for deeper levels of understanding and meaning.
I work from an integrative and relational perspective, meaning I draw from many theories to help shed light on a client’s unique needs, with a focus on valuing respect and diversity at the heart of my work. I believe we can all manage our problems more effectively once we can identify unhealthy patterns of thinking, beliefs and behaviours that may lay behind our difficulties, and so change the way we feel. My role is to help clients explore inner resources for growth and healing, whilst identifying and removing obstacles to personal development.
It also means I place emphasis on the relationship between client and counsellor as fundamental in supporting you when you are distressed, based on the idea that strong and fulfilling relationships with others can help people maintain emotional well-being. By helping clients recognise the role relationships play in the shaping of daily experiences can provide increased understanding into your patterns of relating to self and others.
In doing so, I hope to support clients in finding new ways to take their life into a more fulfilled direction.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have evolved and developed my practice with over 18 years of working in many therapy and counselling settings, both here in the UK as well as my extensive early career years spent studying and working abroad in America. I will be forever grateful for my diverse experiences that helped me grow both personally and professionally during the 7 years I lived in Mississippi during an era where I witnessed significant conflict and trauma, such as living through the indirect horror of the September 11th terror attacks to the direct impact of Hurricane Katrina and the therapeutic support and trauma relief I was able to provide in various work settings.
Below is a brief summary of some of my formal qualifications and CPD to date;
Education and Professional Registration
- BACP Accredited Member - 2013 to present
- BACP Registered Member 2006-2013
- Masters of Science in Counselling Psychology - University of Southern Mississippi, US 2005
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology - University of Southern Mississippi, US 2003
- Certificate in the Theories and Practice of Supervision - Metanoia Institute 2014
(Over 12 years of experience in developing and delivering CPD workshops to qualified and trainee counsellors in below areas)
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- LGBTQ awareness
- Shame & Guilt
- Substance Misuse
- Theory and Practise of Group Counselling
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free initial telephone or online consultation to help gauge whether my approach would be a good fit for your needs. This provides an opportunity for you to discuss an overview of your reasons for referral and explore any questions. Equally, this provides me with the opportunity to share a more in-depth overview of my approach and how I can support your specific concerns.
Individual Therapy - £70 per session daytime rate, £80 evening rate 5pm+
Couples Counselling - £90 per 60 minute session, £110 evening rate 5pm+
Family Therapy - £90 per 1.5 hour session, £100 evening rate 5pm+
Group Therapies - Please call to discuss options
I am offering a full service, seeing clients in person, as well as via phone and/or online sessions.
Free Parking available outside my Hampton Office at all times
Bus Routes 111 and R70 stop 80 yards away from my Hampton office.