As a humanistic therapist I believe that you have the capacity to grow, heal and discover what you need. I provide the environment for you to do this, and accompany you on this journey, helping you see things you might not see, and offering you opportunities to explore in new ways. I am trained in Gestalt, Person-Centred and Transactional Analysis approaches.
We work with whatever you bring to therapy. This may be an issue that is clear and well defined. You might want change in your relationship or in your work, or you may want support dealing with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or shame, for example. But it might also be something much vaguer, it may be a general interest in exploring aspects of your life or way of relating to the world, or it might be a sense of confusion, dissatisfaction or unfinished business.
I have particular experience working with clients who, like me, identify as queer or from the LGBTQI+ community. I believe this enhances my ability to work with experiences such as shame, discrimination, and othering, and to support clients who are from oppressed or minority groups or are otherwise living ‘against the grain’.
My own professional and academic experience also provide a strong foundation for working with lawyers or those whose motivation for seeking therapy might relate to their membership of another profession.
Whilst these are factors that may help our work together, I welcome anyone to attend an initial consultation to determine whether we are a good match for therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained in Person-Centred counselling, Gestalt and Transactional-Analysis. I draw on these, and a relational approach to tailor the therapy to your needs.
Diploma and BSc (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling (Metanoia Institute)
BSc (Hons) Psychology (Manchester)
Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
I have worked with two LGBTQ+ organisations, the East London Out Project (ELOP) and Switchboard, and continue to have a particular interest in working with individuals from this and other oppressed or minority communities.
In addition to my counselling practice, I hold an academic post as Senior Lecturer which allows me space to engage in research, scholarship, and teaching looking at the psychology of lawyering, and issues affecting lawyers. I previously practiced as a family law Barrister.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Diversity (GSRD)