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MBACP (Reg), MA, BSc., Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Essex

About me

Hello and welcome to my profile. You may feel a bit anxious about seeking counselling and overwhelmed about how you can get started.  Well done for taking the first step. You are not alone in feeling sad, anxious, confused or low. Our lives at the moment have been disrupted like never before. You may have lost a loved one,  or feel alone and isolated in the current lockdown. The pandemic may have  caused difficulties in your relationships to come to the surface or the pressure of working from home and trying to cope with everything has come to a head. Does any of this sound familiar?

Counselling will provide you with a space (and maybe some long overdue "me time") to explore your thoughts and feelings in confidence. Counselling will help you to cope at a time when things may appear out of control. You may be struggling with the direction your life is going and talking things through with a counsellor will help you to realise the changes you want to make to lead the life you deserve and be happier and more fulfilled.

I am a BACP registered integrative counsellor and psychotherapist supporting clients with anxiety, sadness, depression, low confidence and self-esteem, relationship and family issues. I draw upon a number of frameworks to provide the appropriate support for each client’s unique, personal experience.  I work with your current story in the present, and, at the same time pay attention to the influences of the past.  My integration is person-centred and psychodynamic. I also use some CBT techniques as appropriate.

Specialisms:

I work with various presenting issues which may be long-standing, or the result of a current event or crisis. Current-day pace of life and challenges can be extremely stressful, and anxiety-provoking, making it hard to cope and function. I have supported clients with:

  • Anxiety/generalised anxiety disorder/panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement/complicated grief/coping with loss
  • Trauma/problems from childhood
  • Personality disorders
  • Identity/lack of self esteem/search for meaning in life
  • Work related stress and anxiety.
  • Coping with change/life transitions

What to expect in a session:

I offer a free initial consultation lasting approx. 30 minutes to ask what brings you to therapy; what you would like help with; talk about how I work and answer any questions you have.

Sessions are 50 minutes in duration, usually held at the same time every week. Additional sessions can be organised if you need extra support. I offer both long and short term support and will review our work and progress at regular intervals.

My background:

Much of my training and voluntary work was completed while also working in various senior management and consulting roles. The key focus in my work has always been helping individuals to reach their full potential and I have over 20 years experience of management, training, coaching and people development.

I have supported people and organisations undergoing major change and restructuring often resulting in employees being made redundant and requiring outplacement services and wellbeing support.  I have been fortunate to with many large organisations both in the private sector and more recently the NHS.

These experiences have given me real insight into the many challenges and demands we all face in the current world and gives me a lot to draw upon when helping clients in the therapeutic setting.

Training, qualifications & experience

My journey and training in Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy has evolved over the last 20 years. I completed a BSc. in Psychology in 2002. Since that time I have attended numerous training courses completing the Foundation Course in Counselling at Regent’s University in 2007. I then trained as a bereavement Counsellor for Cruse in 2012 and worked as a volunteer Counsellor for Cruse and at a private practice in central London.

I completed my MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s University in 2018 and my dissertation was about personal resilience.  As an integrative therapist I use a number of modalities, focusing mainly on person-centred and psychodynamic theory. I have also completed many specialist courses on topics such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), anger management, suicide, and PTSD.

I have supported clients with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement, complicated grief, coping with loss, trauma, problems from childhood, personality disorders, identity, lack of self esteem, search for meaning in life and work related stress and anxiety.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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Fees

From £60.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£60 - £70 per session lasting 50 minutes.

When I work

Available from 8am-8pm Monday-Wednesday and Saturday 9am-12pm.  Located close to Upminster station. Easy access for clients living in Havering and nearby Brentwood.

Upminster, Essex, RM14

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My office is based on the ground floor at the back of my house. I am located a very short walk from Upminster station with easy parking.