Hello and Welcome,
During this period of Covid-19 Lockdown I will be conducting client sessions solely by telephone or teleconferencing.
I realise that the decision to seek counselling may have been challenging and the need to choose the 'right' counsellor, significant. Perhaps you’re struggling - feeling alone and isolated, particularly in these unprecedented and strange times. Maybe you’re overwhelmed, depressed, burnt out or anxious. It could be that what you’re experiencing isn’t any of these - maybe you don't feel yourself and you don’t know why. If you’re experiencing any of these feelings, sharing your burden through counselling can help. Through therapy we can work together to enable you to explore and, if necessary, challenge your old ways of thinking and behaving in a safe environment with the aim of discovering a less burdened, more resilient version of yourself.
I’m a qualified and experienced integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. Essentially, this means that I have trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches that I can adapt to meet your specific, individual needs. My method is informed by the humanistic and psychodynamic traditions, as well as body psychotherapy and CBT techniques.
I can work on either a short term or a long term basis, as the need requires. Central to my practice is the desire to establish an environment of mutual transparency and acceptance, where warmth, empathy, humour and gentle challenge create a space to explore compassionately and without judgement whatever has brought you to therapy. If this sounds like the approach for you, I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have the following qualifications:
· MA Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (The Minster Centre, London);
· Post-graduate Diploma Integrative Counselling (The Minster Centre, London);
· University Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Hertfordshire);
· LPC and PG Dip. in Law (The College of Law, London); and
· BA Hons in Modern European Studies (UCL).
In addition, I have attended a diverse range of CPD courses to support my learning.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free 15 minutes telephone consultation followed by an assessment (of up to an hour) usually face to face but currently by teleconference or by telephone for £50.
These appointments will give us an opportunity to discuss what’s brought you to therapy, what you’re looking to get out of it and any questions you may have.
After the initial assessment(s), my fees are £50 for each 50 minutes therapy session.
My work in the mental health field includes working with adults at the Priory Group Hospitals in a secure, acute mental health ward, at MIND in Mid Herts, at Alternatives (a pregnancy related trauma charity) and with the NHS at the Peace Hospice, Watford. I have also worked with young adults (15 years plus) in the NHS within the Child and Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
I was born, brought up and educated in the UK. I have also studied and lived in France and Italy and speak Italian fluently. The dual Anglo/Italian nature of my upbringing has engendered an interest in how our cultural heritage affects us including notions of integration and multi-culturality. I am a parent and have an intimate awareness of the impact (both joyous and challenging) that having children makes. This understanding is brought into my practice when working with themes such as miscarriage, infertility, transitioning to parenthood, changes in identity, pre and post-natal depression and returning to work after having children - from both partners' perspectives. I have also worked with clients experiencing, amongst other things, childhood abuse, bereavement, grief and loss, depression and anxiety, the effects of dyslexia and the menopause, low self-esteem, relationship issues, self-harm and suicide.
Prior to working in the mental health field, I was an employment lawyer in the City. As a result of this experience, I have a direct understanding of the culture of the City and similarly highly pressurised working environments.
I am a registered member the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work in accordance with their Codes of Practice.