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Dip. Couns., BSc, MBACP (Accred)

About me

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor offering individual counselling to adults. You may be seeking counselling because you are feeling depressed or anxious for any number of reasons.

You might have experienced an adverse life event or a change in circumstance, such as a bereavement, the end of a relationship, the loss of a job or a difficult pregnancy.

Right now, you may be worried about Covid-19 and how it is impacting on your life. You may be feeling stressed at work, or overwhelmed with caring responsibilities, or experiencing difficulties in your relationship, as a result.

Or you may simply feel "stuck" but not know why. Perhaps you have faced difficulties in the past - you were bullied at school, or there were problems within the home. Together we will seek to understand how your experience has shaped the way you think about things, or feel about yourself, and how these may be holding you back in the present. As your self-awareness grows, so will your ability to make positive changes to your life.

Whether you are facing one of these issues or another that’s not listed, or you simply want to talk to someone outside of your day-to-day life in order to gain a different perspective, my aim is to support you as best I can. Whatever your reason for reaching out for help, I am available either in person or by video or phone, to talk it through with you. 

I enjoy working with people from all walks of life: whatever your age, background, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, or occupation, I would like to welcome you to my practice.

I am available to see clients in Fulham Broadway, London SW6 Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

I am also available for sessions over Zoom, Skype and FaceTime. Or over the phone, if you wish.

Here's how to get started:

  • Please contact me by telephone or email to discuss your situation.
  • If we both feel it's the right fit, we will set up an appointment to meet.
  • All communications between us are confidential, and I reply to all messages promptly.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (Metanoia Institute, 2016)
BSc in Reflective Therapeutic Practice (Middlesex University, 2016)

Certificate in CBT Skills (WPF, 2017)

Certificate in Couple and Relationship Therapy (The Grove, 2019)

Certificate in Therapeutic Coaching Skills (NCFE, 2021)

MA (Cantab) in Modern and Medieval Languages (University of Cambridge,1994)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£75.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

In some cases and if needed, I am able to offer a concession to key workers in the NHS and to students.

Individuals: £75 per 50 minute session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am available between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

Further information

As a Humanistic Counsellor, I believe that you are born with the resources to find the answers to your own questions. And I believe that as client and counsellor we collaborate. My role is to facilitate self-understanding, promote growth, nurture self-development, offer support, promote healing where there has been damage, and empower you to make the right choices.

Further trainings in CBT therapy as well as Life Coaching have enriched my practice, enabling me to offer clients a more integrated approach to their issues. For instance, I draw upon CBT skills when we explore how your thoughts affect your mood, or when helping you identify the ways in which your coping mechanisms might maintain your problems rather than resolve them. Or you may be looking for a more directive, solution-focused approach in order to achieve a desired outcome. This is where the coaching tools I have learned can be very effective in mobilising you to reach whatever goals you have set for yourself.

In summary, I don't believe that one therapy fits all. Together, we can decide what works best for you. Sessions will be tailored to your specific needs, whether you are seeking shorter-term help with a specific issue, or a longer-term engagement for more complex ones.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

While the premises at Thrive SW6 are not accessible, I am happy to offer my services to wheelchair users via video or telephone.

Additional languages

French

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom