Welcome to 'A Safe Place to Begin',
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist - Systemic and Mindfulness Practitioner - Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Clinical Therapeutic Supervisor.
I currently work by appointment, in the Kings Lynn area of West Norfolk and Central London. Therapeutic Workshops and small Mindfulness Groups are also available during 2020/21 subject to COVID guidelines at various venues. I also work on line with client who are unable to travel to face to face appointments.
Counselling can be seen as an investment in both your personal development and wellbeing. I appreciate that finding the right therapist may be both difficult and time consuming. Often many hours of research is required before finding a therapist that you feel able to work with.Trust and confidentiality are also important factors that need to be considered when entering into any 'Therapeutic Contract' or 'Counselling Agreement'.
If you have any questions about the way I work or what level of confidentiality I can offer you please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss further.
Free off road car parking, subject to space. public transport links are all well established.
Monday to Friday
9am to 9.00pm
Saturday (subject to availability between 10-12.
I work with Male and Female clients either as a...
- Individual, in a face-to-face setting, by telephone or on line via Skype/Vsee or Face Time.
- Couple, in a face-to-face setting only.
- Mixed group attending the weekly Mindfulness Practice
- Mixed group attending Therapeutic Workshops
- Same sex [themed] support group work.
Before any counselling or psychotherapy agreement can be offerd each person will be invited to attend an initial assessment appointment. You will be invited to ask any questions you may have, discuss what has brought you to therapy at this time and to say what you hope or would like to achieve by having therapy at this time. I will ask you some background questions and seek information relating to your medical history - medication and lifestyle choices, this is normal and for your protection. This meeting will also give you the opportunity to see if you would like to work with me as your therapist. I hope that by doing so you will have a clear understanding of what I am offering you from the outset. To assist you in making your decision we will also discuss confidentiality, fees and my cancellation policy.
Who I Work With:
I work with individuals in an integrative manner and use various elements of my training to do so, in a way that is best suited to your individual needs and always within my competency level. I work systemically with couples and families. Groups are either experiential - educational workshops - supportive or mindfulness based group practice.
The following theories or philosophies will underpin our work together and these are, Psychodynamic - Person or Client Centred - Cognitive Behavioural - Existential - Systemic or Mindfulness based.
My aim is to provide a warm, respectful, compassionate and non-judgemental space that is both confidential and safe, so that you can safely work on changing aspects of your life that are no longer desired or helpful to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced BACP Registered Psychotherapist/Counsellor and member. I use Reg, MBACP to reflect this in my title. I am also a Member of The Association For Family Therapy known as AFT for short.
I hold the following qualifications:
(2005-2008): Roehampton University: BSc. [Hons]
Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Integrative Counselling
Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Theory: Person Centred Theory: Existential Thinking: Skills Practice & Supervised Clinical Practice Hours.
(2008): The Shri Sadhu Dharmavira
Teachers Course: The Art of Being Still
Mindfulness Practice Course, with later experiential learning and practice hours at Sharpham Trust Devon: City University and Hackney Mind: The Recovery College , Springfield University Hospital, South West London.
(2011) Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA)
Certificate MHFA Course
Depression: Anxiety: Psychosis
(2010-2012): Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)
Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
REBT and various models of CT and CBT: Skills Practice & Supervised Clinical Practice Hours.
(2012-2013): Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)
Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (QCF)
Theory and practice of the various models of therapeutic supervision and supervised practice hours.
(2013) (First Year)
South West London St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust, Prudence Skynner Family & Couple Therapy Clinic, Springfield University Hospital.
Foundations Of Systemic Practice Application and Skills
Various models of Systemic Thinking & Skills Practice.
(2013 - 2014) (Second Year) Intermediate Qualification awarded
South West London and St. George's Hospital NHS Trust, Prudence Skynner Family & Couple Therapy Clinic, Springfield University Hospital.
Contextualising Change Course - Accredited at Intermediate Level by The Association for Family Therapy.
Various Models of Systemic Practice - Clinical Hours with Families - Couples - individuals and live Clinical Supervision.
University of West London (School of Human and Social Sciences)
Foundation for Clinical Hypnosis (Award at Academic Level Six).
I have undertaken many hours of supervised clinical practice and now work in Private Practice.
Training previously undertaken with the following Counselling Services:
Balham Community Centre:
Balham Community Counselling Service
H.M. Prison Wandsworth:
Wandsworth Prison Counselling Service [WPSC] and later with...
Forensic Therapies [offence-focused psychotherapy and counselling for male inmates]
The Wimbledon Guild:
Family Therapy Team
CPD (Continuation of professional development)
I am committed to life long learning and to the continuation of my own professional development. I attend various courses linked to the field of Psychotherapy, Family and Couples Therapy, Supervision, Mindfulness and hypnotherapy each year.
I have regular, ongoing supervision with a BACP Accredited Practitioner.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) I abide by the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. To view this document please visit www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
My Fees in London and West Norfolk are:
Flexible and negotiable between: £65 - £150.*
- Individual Therapy: (60 minutes £65)
- Couple/Relationship Therapy: (90 minutes £90)
- CBT and Hypnotherapy (60 minutes £75)
- Mindfulness and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR 60 or 90 minute (one to one) training session £80.
Subject to space I am also able to offer some low-cost appointments each week.
Assessment appointment are charged at a flat rate of £95. 00 per person regardless and will normally take one and a half hours to complete.
Low cost supervision [subject to availability].
COVID 19: Appointments currently offered for your convenience Via: video call using, FaceTime or Vsee (a secure medical app).
I respect diversity and offer a non-discriminatory practice. Appointments for disabled clients may be arranged at the CR4 venue during the day and subject to an assessment. The facilities there offer good access for disabled visitors.
My special interest is in trauma work, particularly with regard to Childhood Sexual Abuse: Domestic Abuse and Work based Trauma for professionals who work at the 'coal face' such as Police Officers, Prison Officers, NHS medical staff and Doctors, Armed Forces Personnel or anyone else who may prefer to seek independent support.
I understand how such working conditions can and often do, impact upon the life of the individual and on the relationships that they have with others.