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.
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
- 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.
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.
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
From £50.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session
£50 - £70 per session lasting 50 minutes.
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.