Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious? Do you feel life is becoming a bit of a struggle or not shaping up in the way you’d planned? Perhaps, you would like to work through a difficult decision.
I am aware that sharing your problems can feel quite daunting particularly if it is the first time. It is my starting point and fundamental aim to create a warm, safe, and confidential environment where you can speak freely about anything you wish, without judgement.
I have a genuine interest in helping people who are finding their everyday lives challenging and want to discover a way to move forward. Please call me for an informal chat about how I might be able to help. Counselling may be all you need to work through your difficulties and get you back on the right track.
I am a professional Integrative Counsellor with over 10 years’ experience working with a wide variety of clients in the NHS, local charities and in my private practice. I can help you work out what might be causing you to feel a certain way, to make sense of past and present challenges and to bring into focus a clearer sense of yourself or the situation. Working in an integrative way means that I can intuitively draw on Psychodynamic, Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural theoretical models to work in a way that is responsive to each person’s needs, values or beliefs as well as offer techniques for coping, managing and overcoming emotional difficulties.
We all experience difficulties at some time in our lives, whether it is facing up to a loss, bereavement, relationship problems or life challenges. The aim of counselling is for you to have more understanding of yourself, to feel stronger and more able to cope. I believe that one of the most essential elements to successful counselling is a trusting relationship between you and your counsellor, it is important that you find someone with whom you feel comfortable.
I offer an introductory session that will enable you to decide if you wish to work with me and whether I can help. During our first meeting, we can look at what you feel you want from counselling and the area in which you want to look at and work through. We can then discuss what is best for you in terms of length of counselling sessions, be it an agreed number of sessions, or long-term therapy. We will set a regular day and time to meet each week and agree on a plan to review our work together.
I offer short or long-term appointments, whatever suits your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP number 114805). The BACP require evidence of qualifications and good professional standards and I am bound by their ethical framework. I am committed to continual professional development and attend regular supervision.
I have a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I have over 10 years’ experience working with a diverse range of clients and addressing a wide variety of issues. In addition to my private practice, I currently work with an NHS IAPT service in South London and a local charity. I have worked at various community counselling charities helping clients with issues related, but not limited to:
- Depression/low mood
- Domestic abuse
- Family issues/dynamics
- General anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Panic attacks
- Relationship difficulties
- Separation & divorce
Certificate in Law and Domestic Violence
Certificate in Forced Marriages
Certificate in Safeguarding Children & Adults
Certificate in Sudden & Traumatic Death
Certificate in Bereavement Care
Mental Health First Aid
The Freedom Programme – Living with the Dominator
I hold professional indemnity insurance and have a current Disclosure & Barring Service (DSB) check.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £25 for an introductory session and £50 per session thereafter.
A counselling session lasts 50 minutes.
There are a small number of low-cost sessions available for low income/students.
Please contact me by email or phone if you have any questions or would like to find out more. If by phone, please leave a message with your number and I will call you back as soon as possible to find out what you are looking for and to book an initial appointment.