Hello and welcome
I’m here to help you find the inner strengths and resources you need to unblock what’s troubling you and move on with life. I’m a chartered psychologist, also qualified in Jungian psycho-dynamic counselling and experiential psychotherapy, working with individuals and couples.
My clients tell me I’m warm, kind and insightful – which is good, because my main aim is to offer a welcoming place where you feel it’s safe to open up. With every client, I believe it’s important to build a strong, trusting relationship so you feel willing and able to consider making changes. I am offering a safe space for reflection where healing takes place.
My way of working is safe, relational, experiential and reflective. I give you the chance to work through difficult emotions and traumatic life experiences in a deeply personal way, with an experienced helping hand at your side as you grow stronger and heal.
Where to find me?
My office is based on 17 Nottingham Street, very close to Baker Street tube station or Marylebone train station. I also offer private counselling services online (via Zoom) and telephone – whatever works for you.
How did I get here?
Before training, I worked as the CEO of a charity for children diagnosed with terminal and critical illnesses. The therapeutic relationships I built with children and their parents helped me develop a great sense of patience, perseverance, compassion and belief in the human capacity to heal.
To help me help you, I’m immersed in my own therapy, as well as in continual professional development. My knowledge of many approaches keeps enhancing my expertise and experience. In turn, that means I understand how to help you with a wide range of difficulties, from anxiety, depression, communication and relationship issues to isolation, bereavement and loss or trauma.
Working with individuals
The process of psychotherapy can last for a few months, or continue for several years. It all depends on what you need. I take the time to get to know your personal circumstances and understand how you feel, so we can work together in the most effective way.
I offer counselling and psychotherapy to help with a wide range of issues:
Depression, including post-partum
Phobias (such as fear of flying, public speaking, enclosed spaces, insects and more)
Addictions (alcohol, smoking, gambling)
Difficulty handling conflict
Communication and relationship issues
Bereavement and loss
Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, obesity)
Guilt and shame
Attachment disorders (including developmental and pre-developmental trauma)
Psychosomatic disorders (which affect both your mental and physical health)
Being a partner in a contented couple takes love, courage, vulnerability and above all, communication.
I am a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist with the International Centre for Clinical Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a type of couples counselling. It has been applied with great success to couples struggling with problems in their relationship. It helps you and your partner to create a secure bond, by showing you fresh ways of interacting with and relating to one another.
Research studies find that 70-75% of couples receiving EFT move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.
I am also training in PACT Couples therapy (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy), a couples approach developed by Dr Stan Tatkin, author of ''Wired for Love'', ''Wired for Dating''.
PACT is a couples therapy developed out of four cutting edge areas such as attachment theory, neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology and the biology of human arousal. It helps couples learn how to track micro signals of connection and disconnection, of safety and danger. Partners are taught tools to build a secure functioning relationship in their lives.
Ongoing relationship counselling sessions last for 50 minutes.
I offer extended sessions - eg: double sessions or more for those who find weekly commitment difficult (children, job, out of London)
To find out how working with me could help you and your partner build a deeper, happier relationship, please get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
QUALIFICATIONS, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
- Member of British Psychological Society – Chartered membership (CPsychol 438949)
- Accredited Member of HCPC (PYL 36686)
- Registered Member of BACP (00921852)
- Registered Jungian Psychotherapist with Romanian Association of Analytical Psychotherapy (13889)
- Certified EFT Couples Therapist: Member of BEFT Centre, ICEEFT
- AEDP Therapist, Level 3 (Advanced): Member of AEDP Institute
- EMDR Therapist: Member of EMDR UK and Ireland Association
- Brainspotting Therapist: Member of Brainspotting UK Association
I’m trained in AEDP therapy (Accelerated Experetial Dynamic Psychotherapy) - Level 3 , EMDR, Brainspotting, Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) with Dr Frank Corrigan, Somatic Psychology and Polyvagal Theory for treating Complex Trauma.
AEDP is a new therapy approach which has roots in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, emotion theory and affective neuroscience and body-focused approaches. Based on neuroplasticity, it facilitates healing traumatic events through undoing of aloneness and in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences.
I am also training in ISTDP (Intensive Short Dynamic Psychotherapy) - Intensive Short term Dynamic Psychotherapy is a cutting edge therapy model, with a strong evidence base. It is a highly effective form of individual psychotherapy designed to get to the heart of the matter quickly, and resolve issues fast. The approach is emotion focused; a relational therapy that can address a wide range of ongoing problems or symptoms.
I have started an additional Master's Programme in Advanced Clinical Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling at The Minster Centre this year in order to improve my skills in my profession.
I offer private counselling services online (Zoom) for individuals and couples.
I am registered with Axa, Aviva, Vitality and Cigna insurance companies.
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.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.