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PGDip, MBACP

About me

Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, offering a safe, non-judgmental, inclusive space in which we can explore what is worrying you to find a way through. I have experience working in a culturally aware manner with a diverse population and I offer counselling in English, Spanish, and French.

My work rests on the belief that every person is valuable, and has the potential to achieve growth and healing with the help of a safe and supportive environment. With this in mind, I strive to provide this holding space for my clients to grow within the therapeutic relationship, always respecting their perspective in order to help them discover their own answers.

Whether you struggle with a specific issue such as depression, or anxiety, or you are feeling uneasy in your current life situation without knowing why; working with a therapist can provide a way to gain insights into the issue. Understanding your life and yourself better can help you know how to bring about the changes you are seeking.

Other than having experience with a diverse set of issues, my path is non-traditional. I was raised in a multi-cultural environment and have lived, studied and worked in four different countries. As a result, I am able to understand many perspectives while offering alternative points of view others might not have considered. I will also honour and respect your social and cultural perspective and value our differences and similarities.

I highly value authenticity in my work, I am passionate about helping my clients discover their authentic selves and learn to love and value themselves. We all have a voice and a story to tell. This journey is also about finding yours.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the Metanoia Institute, one of the leading clinical and academic institutions for psychotherapy in the UK.

In addition, I have trained as a Sophrology and Relaxation Practitioner which gives me the knowledge and experience to work with the embodied experience to help regulate ourselves. Integrating thoughts, emotions and the body can facilitate wellbeing and healing.

I have experience working with clients from a diverse cultural background around issues of trauma, racism and discrimination, abuse, depression, anxiety, anger management, low self-esteem, identity issues, among others.

Member organisations

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cultural and Ethnic Identity
Mixed heritage
Identity Issues
Experiences of migration

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

The cost for an initial session is £30

*Please note that there are no more concessions slots available at present*

When I work

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Further information

I am currently offering sessions in Oxford and online.

If you would like to arrange an initial session with me, please e-mail me.

We may use this first session to explore what has brought you to therapy and as an opportunity for you to decide if you feel comfortable working with me. There is no obligation to commit to ongoing therapy after the initial meeting.

Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Additional languages

French
Spanish

Online platforms

Zoom

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