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About me

We all have times when we feel stuck and want to talk to someone but sometimes it’s too personal or too difficult to talk to family or friends.

Psychotherapy is a collaborative process, and it can take courage to want to change in some way and admit to yourself that maybe you can’t do it on your own. I will listen to you empathically and supportively, without judgement and in a confidential environment. 

My approach is based on the understanding that significant events and relationships in our early life experiences can influence the way we feel and behave in the present. 

By exploring your emotions together I will help you understand and overcome any complicated feelings you may have about yourself or other significant people, or anything you may feel is holding you back from living a happy and fulfilled life.

If you’re interested in how I can help, please get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am fluent in English and Japanese


Diploma HE in Psychodynamic Counselling with Distinction

Ascentis Bereavement Support accredited


Honorary therapist at Albany Trust (a specialist counselling and psychotherapy charity, focusing on a positive approach to sexuality and relationships)

Bereavement support at Cruse Bereavement Care.


Member organisations


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


I can offer counselling in Japanese too. 


£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Epsom, Surrey, KT17

Surrey Therapy Practice, Castle House, Park Road, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3BT

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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