I think we have far more emotional and psychological resources than we realise and having an experience of feeling listened to and understood by another person can help us discover and tap into those inner strengths.
I offer a dedicated time and space where you can talk in confidence, will be listened to without judgment and taken seriously. You'll be invited to pause, take stock and reflect on the path of your life thus far; this helps you to gain a wider perspective on whatever is troubling you now. It also enables you to focus, understand yourself better and see current difficulties with more clarity, whether it's something recent that's been upsetting or you've been worried or unhappy for some time.
Therapy offers a space to pause and reflect on your life, to become more compassionately self aware, less self critical, to discover your own solutions and strengths and re-gain your equilibrium and confidence.
I was a Bereavement Counsellor in an NHS hospice for over 5 years and am particularly skilled and attuned to work in this field. My experience includes working with those who've suffered traumatic bereavements such as a suicide, accident, death of a child.
I'm also experienced in working with people who bring a wide range of other issues to therapy, for example:
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- panic attacks
- Relationship difficulties
- Family difficulties
- Low self-esteem
- Unresolved issues from the past
- Life transitions (retirement, divorce, redundancy, illness)
- student concerns (e.g. exam stress, adapting to university life)
- long term illness
Sessions are usually arranged weekly at the same regular time. I offer long-term ongoing psychotherapy and also time-limited work which means meeting for 6 - 10 sessions and focussing on a particular concern.
I'm also experienced in working long term with psychotherapy/counselling trainees from training institutions across London.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc. Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex University) (2014)
Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute (2014)
BSc. (Hons) Psychology (Birkbeck College, University of London) (2007)
I've over 12 years experience as a psychotherapist, this includes working in the NHS and voluntary sector:
- Bereavement counsellor/psychotherapist in an NHS Hospice bereavement service for over 5 years. I received additional training here. My experience/training includes working with traumatic bereavements, including death by suicide, accident, and the death of a child.
- Counsellor for the mental health charity MIND.
- Honorary Psychotherapist in NHS Hospital Psychotherapy unit (2.5 years): patients referred through their GP or mental health services for long term psychotherapy.
- I've been working in private practice since 2014.
I've been a volunteer for the Samaritans.
Earlier in my career I worked in social services teaching adults with autism.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£65.00 per session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
My fee is £65 per session (50 minutes), this is payable by Bank transfer on the day of the session.
Cancellation policy - I ask for at least 48 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise the full fee for the missed session is charged.
I'm an approved provider of psychotherapy/counselling for AVIVA, AXA, and CIGNA and can invoice them for sessions if you are registered with one of these health insurers.
I also see clients who are referred to me through the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
I offer in person appointments in London Bridge on Monday pm/eve and online sessions Tuesday-Thursday.
I'm a registered member of UKCP and also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.