The effectiveness of therapy is mainly based around the relationship between the therapist and client. Building trust can take time and so my aim is to provide a supportive, non-judgemental atmosphere within which you can explore whatever has brought you to therapy. In this way, what happens in your therapy is guided by you.
Every person comes with a unique blend of history and personality and in line with that I blend several different approaches to therapy (person-centred, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy) to support the work that we do together. I also acknowledge that we experience our feelings through our bodies and so work holistically with body, mind, and soul where is this appropriate. Sometimes simply being in relation with another person, where there is compassion and warmth, is enough to bring about change, at other times it will take interventions, challenges and more introspective work to facilitate growth and development.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working with clients since 2012 in a variety of settings including a College, Community Counselling Centre and in Private practice. I have experience working with young people and adults, covering a wide range of issues.
My psychotherapeutic training has been 'Integrative' which means I blend different approaches and consider different perspectives on the issues and clients I work with. This has been enhanced through my training at different Colleges and Universities and attending regular CPD events.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, my previous roles have included; College lecturing, careers advice, youth work and garden design.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling sessions are charged at £40 an hour.
Some concessions may be available for those on a low wage or for counselling students.
My private practice is based in my home in Coulsdon, close to Purley, Caterham, Banstead and Croydon, situated only 7 minutes walk from Coulsdon town centre with bus and train connections. On street parking is available.