I am a consultant Counselling Psychologist, a CBT specialist and a Mindfulness trainer, all of which enable the flexibility to practice and work in an integrative way which aims to adjust the type and extent of therapy to your individual needs.
How do I work and How can I help?
I am passionate about people and about constantly finding ways to help others by improving my knowledge and training. I learn from my clients and the people I encounter more than through any other channel and I am grateful for every encounter, particularly when out mutual efforts lead to insight, improvement, change and growth.
If you are struggling with current pressures and stress, feeling ‘stuck’, dealing with depression/anxiety or simply wish to understand, reflect and change your thinking and behaviors, we can embark on this journey in a safe and non-judgemental place where we can explore and resolve this either through a short term, goal-orientated course of CBT lasting approximately 6-12 sessions or embark on an explorative psychotherapy for a longer term work.
I can help with many areas of life such as:
- Business coaching and work stress
Panic and Agoraphobia
Marital and relationships problems / couples work
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Career Counselling and coaching
Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Personality and psychometric testing
Social and personal skills enhancement
Expert Witness services
Training, qualifications & experience
* Chartered consultant counselling psychologist
* Registered Specialist CBT therapist
* Mindfulness trainer
* Business and psychological coach
I have 15 years experience in private practice and NHS services. My latest position was as the clinical lead/ head of one of the biggest primary care mental health services in London. Prior to this, I worked as a senior CBT specialist, leading the Mindfulness and health programs in West London Mental Health trust.
Throughout my career I specialised in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, stress management, Mindfulness, health management, depression and many anxiety disorders among many other disorders and difficulties.
I worked in various settings such as private organisations like EAR (Employee services) and other NHS services like Kings college Hospital and as a trauma psychologist in the 7th July assistance centre (established after the 7th July 2005 bombing).
- BsC in Clinical Psychology
- B.A in Media and Communication research
- M.A and Post Diploma (formally known as the 'Chartership program, equivalent to the DPsych) in Counselling Psychology
- Post M.A Diploma - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Mindfulness trainer/ teacher - Oxford University
- Mindfulness trainer / teacher stage 2 - Bangor University
- Diploma in Couples Behavioural Therapy
**** PhD candidate Institute of Psychiatry and Kings college hospital
I also have countless certificates for training courses such as:
- supervision - 3 levels
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Mindfulness and CBT for Psychosis
- Compassionate Mind
- Various Mindfulness training (Mindfulness for children, for depression, for illness and chronic pain)
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual, one to one sessions usually take place weekly for approximately 50 mins.
Free Initial consultation could be via telephone, skype or email.
Initial assessment sessions are usually longer and could last up to 90mins.
I require a mutual 72 hours notice for cancellation or rescheduling a session, with the exception of emergency and illness. Flexibility is important for both the therapist and client. This can be discussed in our initial session.
My standard session fee is £110 for individual sessions. I employ a fee sliding scale depending on employment status, students and other factors
The Mindfulness course/ workshops are aimed at anyone who is interested in integrating Mindfulness practices into their lives to help with depression, stress management, anxiety and emotional regulation. The workshop can help enhance wellbeing and boost one’s mental and physical health while improving relationships, increasing creativity and help manage life's small and larger crisis.
Together with my academic partner Prof. Paul Chadwick (Institute of Psychiatry, London) We run one evening workshop a week and one daytime weekend workshop in two London locations – central and west London.
The course fee is £280 for 8 weeks.
Each weekly session is approximately 2 hours.
Mindfulness course example programme:
Session 1- Introduction to Mindfulness, acknowledging our automatic pilot, recognizing reactivity
Session 2 - Recognising / expanding perception
Session 3 - Anchoring and Gathering
Session 4 - Making Choice and Change
Session 5 - Creativity/ identifying our strengths
Session 6 - Behavioural strategies
Session 7- Loving Kindness and Self compassion / gratitude
Session 8 - Looking ahead with hope