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Counsellor, and EMDR Trauma Therapist, MBACP(Accred)

About me

Hello and welcome.

If you need support during the current Coronavirus pandemic I am available and have spaces to see new clients. In line with government and BACP advice all of my work is currently taking place online/telephone to ensure client safety. Once the current restrictions change this will be reviewed and we can agree how you wish your sessions to continue.

I am a Registered, Accredited Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and my training has incorporated a range of different counselling models so that I'm able to draw from a number of approaches in our work together. I believe that, as we are all unique individuals, we need therapy which is able to embrace our uniqueness rather than expecting us to fit in with one particular way of working.

I believe we get the most benefit from counselling and psychotherapy when we are able to work together in a way which lets us feel safe and accepted; for our weaknesses as well as our strengths. When we can enter into a trusting therapeutic relationship, we are able to heal, grow and move our lives forward. I offer a safe and welcoming counselling space where we can explore whatever has brought you to counselling.

My experience includes working with adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and trauma; both drug, alcohol and other addictions; relationship difficulties and relationship breakdown, mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and Bipolar; bereavement and loss; feeling 'stuck' in life, feeling "is this it", as well as work with children and young people. I offer both short-term and long-term therapy.

I decided to train as a therapist because I believe that sometimes in life, we can feel isolated, alone and unable to cope. It may be that we are surounded by friends and family but may not feel we can share our problems, anxieties or fears with them, because we feel they won't understand, we don't want to burden them with our problems, we fear rejection, feel shame, or because we at times may just not have anyone we can turn to.

Counselling is a unique relationship where you can explore your worries and difficulties without fear of judgement, shame or rejection. Together through counselling,  we can work through whatever may be causing you pain and distress so that you can make sense of, and process, your experiences from the present and the past so that you can make different choices about your future.

In addition to my accredited Counselling training I have also undertaken a range of additional qualifications and trainings to further enhance my practice. I am a qualified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Practitioner. EMDR is a specialist trauma psychotherapy created to help people process blocked and stuck memories which may be interfering with the here and now, for example by causing flashbacks and panic attacks. In addition to trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) EMDR is also used for anxiety, urge reduction and a range of other difficulties. In fact EMDR is useful whatever your difficulties are and can be used as a stand alone therapy or integrated with other models I am trained in.

I am also a qualified Therapeutic Coach and also integrate some aspects of this into my therapy where appropriate.


I work in South East London, with easy access to a range of means of public transport, and with free on- street parking locally. My practice is convenient for Croydon, Beckenham, Crystal Palace, Penge, Wimbledon and other areas of South East London and I am close to mainline rail stations with direct lines from London Bridge and Victoria, tram links and bus routes.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited)

Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited)

Fusion Diploma in Therapeutic Coaching (BACP Accredited)

BSc(Hons) Psychology

Levels 1,2,3 EMDR Practitioner training accredited by EMDR Europe Association

Diploma in Systemic Supervision - Institute of Family Therapy

Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice – Year 2 Intermediate (Families and Couples) - Institute of Family Therapy

Additional Training across a range of specialist areas such as:

Mental Health
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Domestic Abuse
Mental Health
Trauma Therapy
Counselling Young People
Play Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Disorganised Attachment
Attachment, Child Development and Loss
Systemic Practice
Coaching and Mentoring
EMDR

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Fees

From £50.00 to £90.00

Additional information

My fees start at £50.00 per counselling hour, dependant upon income. The counselling hour lasts 50 minutes.

currently all sessions are held online or via phone call.

Initial consultations are for 50 minutes and are charged at the same rates.


EMDR sessions are ideally 90 minutes long and are priced at £60.00 for a 50 minute session and £90.00 for 1.5 hours.

Some concessions may at times be available for counselling students, subject to space availability.

When I work

I currently have limited Daytime and Sunday spaces available. At this time I have no evening availability.

Please feel free to call me to discuss possible options.

Further information

If you have any questions, or would like to arrange an initial assessment to explore your needs and to see if we can work together, please feel free to contact me by telephone or email and I will respond as soon as I am able to.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme