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Psychotherapist, PgDip, BSc Psychology (with Honours), MBACP

About me

Do you find it difficult to ask for what you want or need and tend to focus on fulfilling the needs of others instead? You don`t mind doing it, but you wish you were given some love and care too. Feeling like a burden might also be with you quite a lot, as well as finding relationships stressful. Not just intimate relationships, but most of the other ones as well. The issues just seem to keep coming and nothing gets resolved. You may feel like you just need a break, because it has been overwhelming for a long time. "I just want to feel like myself again" is a phrase you are way too familiar with. 

Do you also live in hope that people will guess what you want without you having to say anything and will finally see how much you have been there for them and getting nothing in return? You might also feel like you must never say “no”, because you will be perceived as selfish or even risk losing a relationship. Does your mood and feelings of self-worth depend on another person`s behaviour and their opinion of you? Do you keep replaying situations in your head over and over again wishing you said or didn`t say something?

If you answered yes to those questions, all is not lost; it appears that you have developed a "faulty" strategy for navigating relationships and relating to the world that is not very helpful and leaves you feeling anxious, hopeless, afraid and unfulfilled. 

You may also experience:

- anxiety

- panic attacks (together with not understanding why they're happening)

- confusion and overwhelm

-feeling that you are living someone else's life

-not able to focus or identify your feelings

- intrusive thoughts

I would like you to know that there is nothing wrong with you. It is just the way your mind and body cope with what is going on and has probably been going on for you for a while.

Now that you also know that it is a "strategy" - you can get ‘unstuck’ and learn a healthier way of relating to yourself and others, with some support. I create a warm, welcoming, safe space for you to do that. Together we explore what it is like to be YOU and what has been holding you back from taking your space in the world and how to change that.

Asking for help and looking after your own needs can be difficult, especially if you have never done it before; that is why I offer a FREE 15-minute online discovery session to find out if we are a good fit. You are important. You matter just as much as the people you spend your time helping. Message me to arrange your session. to begin making changes.

Training, qualifications & experience

I work with people who feel anxious, afraid and overwhelmed, as well as unsure of what to do and how to help themselves. A lot of my clients have been through difficult experiences growing up and are dealing with painful memories which very often bring physical sensations with them. Some clients already know why they feel the way they feel, but have no idea of what to do to change the symptoms. They very often feel hopeless, as if there is no choice but to live this way forever. 

I work in a way that is slow and steady, as I believe that sustainable psychological changes happen over-time, not overnight. As my client, you will have a safe space where we can explore your issues and challenges together, which will enable you to build more awareness of how you actually experience them. We then work on making changes. I will ask questions as we go along, because it is important for me to know what it is like to be in your world. As our relationship develops, you will hopefully be able to make the changes you are longing for. 

I developed interest in the subject of Psychology in my early teens and had a dream of working with people on a one-to-one basis supporting them through life`s challenges.

When I was 19, I decided to travel to England with the aim of acquiring a Bachelor`s Degree in Psychology (University of Bedfordshire), which I achieved in 2007.

My further training involved a Foundation Course in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2012) and then a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2015). Both of them from Regents University in London.

I am dedicated to undertaking continuous professional development training.
Two of the latest courses I have completed were:
Expert Strategies to Help Clients Develop Tolerance for Emotional Distress (April 2021) and

Trauma treatment with EMDR, CBT and Somatic Based Interventions: A Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training Course (June 2020)

Member organisations


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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Narcissistic abuse
  • Co-dependency

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£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£60.00 per session (50 minutes)

£230 for four sessions when paid in advance

£330 for six sessions when paid in advance

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Morning, afternoon and evening sessions available - times and dates are agreed on every time we meet.

Duration of the session - 50 minutes

Further information

The First Step

- Send me a message to arrange your free 15-minute call/online consultation

- I will respond to you within 48 hours

- We will meet at a time convenient for both of us

What can I expect from the free initial consultation?

- I will ask you some questions about you, such as what you would like support with, your hopes for the future and expectations of the therapy process, whether you`ve had therapy before (what`s worked and what hasn`t), any medical history that is relevant to our work together

- You can ask me any question

- I will tell you about how I work and whether I think that I am the best person to support you at this time

- You can then go away and make a decision in your own time whether you would like to work with me

Next Step

- If you decide that you would like to work with me, we will arrange our first session

- I will email you all the necessary paperwork

- We will then meet for our first session

How long does it take?

It is a gentle and steady process where we will be exploring what it is like for you to be in your world, how your past or present situations and relationships may be affecting you and how to start changing.

There is no minimum or maximum amount of sessions; you can stay for as long as you feel it is beneficial. 

How long is the session?

- Free initial consultation is 15 minutes long

- A full session is 50 minutes long

Frequency of the sessions

I normally see clients on a weekly basis (as it seems to be the most helpful, especially to start with), however, I have some spaces for fortnightly sessions available if you feel that it`s what you need or can afford at the moment. 

Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Online and face to face sessions available The building is wheelchair accessible

Additional languages

English, Russian

Online platforms