A warm, compassionate and collaborative mindset is central to the way I work with clients. I believe every person is unique, and the expert on their own life and experiences. Building a safe, non-judgemental and confidential relationship with you is at the heart of my approach. As a both a qualified and registered psychotherapist (PG Dip Psych, member of BACP) and Coach (PG Cert, registered member of Association for Coaching), my specialised background enables me to develop a solutions-focussed plan for each client that is uniquely tailored to their individual challenges, goals, experiences, and background.
How can Psychotherapy can help me?
As an Integrative Psychotherapist I offer a space that allows you to recognise and process feelings and emotions that may originate in your past, but are 'showing up' in your present and causing you distress. The origins of these difficulties may not be obvious to you, or even those around us who know us best, and can manifest as symptoms including anxiety, depression, or compulsive and self-harming behaviours. The depth of my training allows me to draw on different evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques to help you work through these experiences and find out what they mean for your life choices in the past and present. Experience shows this can result in increased self-awareness, self-esteem, mental wellbeing, and a newfound ability to make decisions that make more sense, and have more meaning.
When it comes to helping clients achieve the psychological and behavioural changes they wish to make, with twenty years business experience before retraining in psychology and coaching many years ago, I fully understand the benefits and challenges of balancing modern family and working life, as well as what it takes to achieve sustainable, resilient, change.
What happens when I contact you?
We will have a free of charge phone call first. Being able to really relax and trust your therapist is a really valuable part of your healing process, so it's important for me that you feel comfortable (particularly as I know starting therapy can sometimes feel daunting). In our first session my aim is to listen to you. My solution-focussed approach is to work flexibly to explore the changes you wish to make, and how therapy may help you move forwards towards greater fulfilment and wellbeing. We will discuss your goals for therapy and together agree how we could work together, including the number of sessions you may like to plan for.
Feedback from my clients is that my warm and compassionate way of being, combined with the depth and breadth of my training across psychotherapy and coaching, enables me to flexibly adapt our work together, as our relationship develops, your autonomy grows, and your need for support and personal goals evolve.
"My sessions with Lucy have quite simply been life-changing. Her warm nature and energy had me feeling at ease from the get go. Lucy has helped me to heal, build and improve on myself and other relationships, which has had such a positive effect on my life and those around me. She has given me the confidence and skills that I need to carry me forward, far beyond our sessions which is invaluable."
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MA (Psych) PG Dip (Psych), PG Cert (Senior Coaching Practitioner), Advanced Dip CBT
How can the depth of your training help me?
As an qualified, BACP registered, Integrative Psychotherapist (MA/PG Dip Psych, University of Roehampton) and Exec Committee member of the BACP's coaching division, I am influenced by humanistic, behavioural and psychodynamic theories, to help me most effectively understand and empathise with each person's unique personality, background, and perspective. My training enables me to draw on a range of techniques to help people overcome difficulties including anxiety, depression, bereavement, eating disorders, OCD, addiction, and compulsive and self-harming behaviour. With an Advanced Diploma in CBT I am skilled in using several different CBT techniques, and in the application of Counselling for Depression (CfD).
Who do you work with?
I'm experienced in working with people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds, including troubled teens, struggling parents, and overwhelmed and stressed out professionals. In addition to the difficulties described above, I have experience in working with clients including gender dysphoria, trauma and PTSD, post-natal depression (PND), suicidal thoughts, ADHD and autism diagnoses, personality disorders, professional burn-out, 'imposter syndrome', and the impact of racism and discrimination.
Mind (UK's no 1 mental health charity) - Integrative Psychotherapist: working with long term clients experiencing anxiety, depression, addiction, bereavement and suicide ideation.
Off the Record (specialist charity supporting teenagers and young adults) - Integrative Psychotherapist: improve the emotional and mental well-being of young adults with difficulties including anxiety, gender dysphoria, depression, trauma, suicide ideation, eating disorders, ADHD and autism, self-harm.
Macmillan Cancer NHS Trust - Integrative Psychotherapist: working with people affected by a cancer diagnosis, supporting individuals and their families throughout their cancer journey.
Executive Coach: experienced in working with a wide range of individuals and teams, with clients including the BBC, and across finance, PR, media, architecture, fashion, legal professions. Executive Committee member of BACP's Coaching Division.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation. This is because being able to relax and trust your therapist is a really valuable part of your healing process, and so it's important to me that you feel comfortable (particularly as I know beginning therapy can sometimes feel daunting). In this we will discuss your current challenges, and how therapy might be able to help you move forwards towards achieving your goals, and greater fulfilment and wellbeing.
Each 50 minute session after this is £75. We will agree together how many sessions you may need. I currently work with clients in both short term (up to 6 sessions) and long-term (open-ended) relationships with clients, depending on their individual goals, needs, and personal circumstances.
I understand that things are sometimes complicated, and we will work out a plan that is best for you.
I work on Zoom, telephone, and face to face, dependent on your location and personal preferences.
My private practice is located in Twickenham in a garden room with private bathroom facilities, and free parking available directly outside the property.