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MA BPC MBACP (Snr. Accred) Dip. Art Therapy

About me

Perhaps you are feeling anxious, depressed, angry or stressed, these are powerful emotions which can feel overwhelming. You may feel stuck and unable to progress in your life.
Perhaps you find yourself thinking that you often feel this way and that you can't seem to 'shake it off'. Or maybe something has happened recently that you can't seem to recover from, you can't get yourself back on an even footing.

Sometimes sharing with friends or family can be enough and yet at other times, it is more helpful to speak with someone, with whom you can say what's on your mind without the fear of upsetting those you are close to.  I understand that it takes some courage to seek out support and help and yet talking to someone can bring a great deal of relief: to be listened to and taken seriously.

I offer a safe and confidential space to talk and to think about your feelings and concerns. Talking and thinking within a professional therapeutic environment, offers an increased understanding. Your patterns of thought may have developed over time and repeat in the present, and these ways of being can cause difficulties in current relationships.

As a Tavistock trained Psychotherapist, with over 20 years of experience, I can help people with their difficulties.  The development of a therapeutic alliance, can, I believe assist with progress in many areas of your life, thinking about the conscious and unconscious sources of your concerns.

It is usually helpful to have two or three consultation meetings: these meetings give an opportunity  to experience the type of therapy I offer and to discuss what might be the most helpful form of treatment; either a short term intervention or a treatment that is once a week or more frequent with an open ended contract.

Training, qualifications & experience

- MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Member of British Psychoanalytic Council BPC
- Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists TSP
- Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP Snr Accred

- Clinical trainings in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Tavistock Portman NHS Trust
- Post Foundation Seminars at the Institute of Psychoanalysis
- Further Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Diploma in Person Centered Art Therapy
- EMDR - a treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

I have been working as Psychotherapist for over 25 years. Whilst I have maintained a private practice, I have also worked in a variety of different settings: in the Trauma Unit at the Tavistock Portman NHS Trust, the CPU, the charity Scotscare, with refugees and asylum seekers at the British Red Cross, at a Women's Refuge and with a charity that supports mothers with new babies.

I have co-authored a paper on a baby observation and a chapter on the setting up of the Psychotherapy Service for Refugees and Asylum seekers at the British Red Cross

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.


British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

It is usually helpful to have two or three consultation meetings in which presenting issues can be talked about together with a discussion of the fee and also what might be the most helpful form of treatment; either a short term intervention or treatment that is once a week or more frequent with an open ended contract.

When I work

I have appointments before work and during the day - Monday to Friday.

Zamenhof House, 58 Clifton Gardens, London, NW11 7EL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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