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Highly experienced therapist, BACP & BABCP accredited

About me

I have been working in the mental health field for the past 20 years in different settings, from the NHS, community outreach to mental health charities, and as a therapist for the past 13 years. During my extensive experience in the NHS, I have had the privilege to be on the therapeutic journey with thousands of clients with so many different backgrounds, complexities and issues. My therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing from humanistic, cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic models. As every individual is unique and no one model fits all, I am able to be flexible and creative in the way I work, tailoring your therapy to suit your individual needs and preferences.

Anyone can find themselves in a difficult or a crisis situation in the course of their lives, reaching their capacity, not feeling themselves, wondering why they are not coping as well as they used to. Suffering is common human experience and something we all share. I also believe that every person has their inner strengths and abilities to find their best way through life’s many challenges.  Life however can throw us challenges that are better navigated through a shared experience in a relationship that is supportive, unbiased, non-judgemental and compassionate. I offer a safe and warm space that will allow you to comfortably share, move forward, grow towards a person you want to be or gain new valuable insights.

We can explore how you have arrived at a point of particular difficulty, what has shaped your experience, how you see yourself, the world and your relationship with others, how have you coped and what strengths have you been drawing from. With this increased awareness, we can then explore what has worked and hasn’t worked for you, what your values are and find ways forward that would aim to not only alleviate suffering but to give you a more fulfilling and enriching life. 

I offer therapy for the following issues: depression, social anxiety, health anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), self-esteem, relationship and intimate difficulties, stress, adjustment difficulties, health issues, COVID-19, trauma, bereavement, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Behavioural Couples Therapy, Royal Holloway
  • PG Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies MBABCP (Accred), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling, MBACP (Accred), CPPD Counselling School, London
  • BA (Psychology), University of Ljubljana

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.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.


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


Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

  • The price for individual therapy session is £70.
  • The price for couples therapy session is £90.

I offer a reduced fee for initial consultation, which is £35 for individuals and £45 for couples.

The first appointment is your initial consultation of 50 minutes, which is your opportunity to tell me what has brought you to therapy and what your hopes and expectations are. It is also an opportunity for me to answer any questions you may have for me and for us to agree whether we wish to continue. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Type of session

In person